LHmark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 45 Posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1954 times:
Can somebody please help me discern the visible external differences 'twixt the 300/400/500series and 600/700/800 series? The wing looks a little different in plan view, but I never have the opportunity to be directly above the @#%$ thing.
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Avratdwc From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1900 times:
Look at the number of emergency seats over the wing as well as the engine cowling. The much newer models have an almost flat bottom. Plus the wings on the 800 are wider and longer than the other versions. I hope I could have helped
D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1872 times:
The 737-600, 700, 800, and 900 all have larger wings (112' 7" vs. 94') and a 5 foot taller tail. The engine nacelles on the new series are more rounded than the 300-500, but are not as round as a 757 or other jet.
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Jet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1864 times:
Larger, more slender wings
Taller tail fin
Round engine intakes and rounder nacelles
Taller landing gear legs due to longer fuselage
You notice the flap track fairings on the 737NG are larger than on the 737 Classic (actually based on the 757 - you can see the similarity) They don't come to a sharp point in the way they do on the 737 classic. Also, due to the longer wing they appear to be much closer inboard than on earlier aircraft.
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6944 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1859 times:
If you're at the airport trying to identify an approaching 737, the landing lights on the NG are in the wing roots and under the fuselage (like Airbus). Earlier 737's have lights in the wing roots and also in the flap tracks, well out along each wing.