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Boeing Production Pictures From 1979  
User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2699 posts, RR: 25
Posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

I found some pictures from the Boeing factories taken in 1979 and I thought it would be worth scanning them and sharing them here. In comparison to the B 787- and A 350-production-threads, it might be interesting to see how it was about 33 years ago.

B 747 cockpit
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7251/6963744328_5a8b6ab28b_b.jpg
Unfortunately I cannot say which 747 this actually is. I wonder if such a drawing helped or rather contributed to the reader’s confusion.  

B 737 cockpit
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7181/7109816407_afcee888cc_b.jpg
Is it still this way with all the fasteners and tools are laying loose around? I would think that from time to time something fell down onto the fuselage section, something from which a 787-manager would get a heart attack  

B 737 fuselage factory
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/6963744514_3343e9c3c7_b.jpg
Four guys having a nice lunch break next to the fuselage sections. Is it still allowed to eat there?

The tailplanes of some UA and Syrian Arab Airlines B727s:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7109816605_b38af99f97_b.jpg
22043 / 1559, B 727-294 destined for Syrian Arab Airlines
21908 / 1560, B 727-222 for United
22044 / 1561, B 727-294 destined for Syrian Arab Airlines
21909 / 1562, B 727-222 for United
21907 1558, B 727-222 for United

However, the two RB 727s never flew for Syrian Arab Airlines. Instead of this they were delivered to AVENSA.

B 737 / B 727 final assembly line in Renton
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7201/7109816783_5a316e0b6f_b.jpg
The first one is a Britannia B 737-204, followed by a Saudia B 737-268, Maersk B 737-2L9, Air Florida B 737-2T4 with “First Air Florida B 737” titles, delivered on December 17th 1979, Piedmont B 737-201 and finally a BA B 737-236.

The “First Air Florida B 737” title is obviously referring to the first B 737 produced for Air Florida since Air Florida operated second-hand 737 well before 1979. After being delivered, this Air Florida 737 looked as follows:

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Photo © Tim Chaloner


and this is how she looked about 26 years later (don’t know if she is still there today).

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Photo © Michael Carter



Back to the pic from 1979, does anybody know why the B 727 wings are covered with red tape? Looks nice.

Some feedback to my questions would be nice.
Best regards
N14AZ

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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

Quoting N14AZ (Thread starter):
Back to the pic from 1979, does anybody know why the B 727 wings are covered with red tape? Looks nice

Looks like wing-lets on the tips of those 727's. But, I'm nearsighted so I may not be the best judge out there. If they were wing-lets on 727's back in '79 that would have been cool!



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User currently offlinecatiii From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 3029 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

Quoting N14AZ (Thread starter):
Back to the pic from 1979, does anybody know why the B 727 wings are covered with red tape? Looks nice.

Maybe it was some type of protective covering to allow workers to walk up and down the wing without damaging it?


User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30922 posts, RR: 87
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2228 times:
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Fantastic. Thanks for posting it!

User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

Cool pics!



Great to see, double thumbs up for that!

 


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

Amazing oldie pictures there....Thanks.

The one wherer the tech is going thru the paper wiring diagram......Lots of manual working....less automation & no computers....
Amazingly how different things are today......& imagine what it would be like in another 50yrs.



Think of the brighter side!
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