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Taking Off Without Flaps  
User currently offlineNasmal From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 227 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 2331 times:

i was on a southwest 737-700 with about 30pax. light weight

i the aircraft lifted off quickly but i didnt see any flaps down
is it possible that flaps werent down or i just didnt notice it

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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

I am pretty sure they had there flaps down just you did not notice it!

User currently offlineHeavyJet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

Not real sure about the 737 but if it's like the 767, the first notch on the flap/slat handle only lowers the slats to a takeoff setting. This is an acceptable takeoff configuration.

If you were sitting behind the wings you wouldn't have seen this and it probably looked like nothing was hanging out but there was on the leading edge.

User currently offlineIndianGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

No. the flaps must definitely have been lowered atleast one notch for takeoff.

Flaps help improve the aircrafts handling charecteristics on takeoff I remember talking to an A320 pilot, and she said that more than the takeoff itself, flaps help during the phase when the aircraft is between 160 and 190 knots.

ie. an acft CAN takeoff even without flaps, but there could be trouble AFTER takeoff in the phase mentioned above.

Perhaps a pilot could help clarify things.

User currently offlineAmbasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 2249 times:

The B737-200 has 2 takeoff flap settings, 01 and 05, with 01 set, you may not notice the trailing edge flaps, but you can be assured that the leading edge slats were out.

User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3508 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2232 times:

If the flaps were not used the 737 would of used a very long runway!

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