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757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:28 am

It seems like the 757 fills more roles than any other aircraft. It can do short haul and medium haul, transcon and transatlantic, hawaii and helsinki, cargo and charter, and just about everything in-between... all while looking pretty cool.

Is there any aircraft that can really match up to that?
 
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:32 am

My vote would go with the DC3 anyday.

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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:34 am

Boeing 737. Simply the Best.

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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:52 am

I agree the 757 does fulfill many niches in today's markets quite well unlike most other aircraft.
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:01 am

The 757 can be used on high-density short routes, and on Trans-Atlantic routes. Pretty versitile if you ask me.
 
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:02 am

You are correct for the reasons stated. In addition, it is cost-effective on a per-seat basis, so it's a good fit for airlines.

While developed as a replacement for the 727, the 757 has indeed shown its flexibility, from short hops to trans-cons and trans-Atlantic. It's also a favorite in the charter/tour area, because of this flexibility and cost.
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:21 am

Too bad it's not a favorite with passengers. I like the aircraft. It's a challenge to work the aisle's but I still like it.
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:24 am

Definitely one the masterpieces of aircraft design. I have the feeling I missed a thread about the future of the B757 a few weeks ago. Without wanting to restart it, can anyone point to the conclusions of the discussion?
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:36 am

My vote also goes to the 757 as the "most versatile aircraft" ever in airline service. From short haul flights of under one hour to U.S. transcons to trans-Atlantic and West Coast-Hawaii ETOPS services, it is the "right aircraft" for more markets than any other single airliner type, present or past. There are, to be sure, aircraft types that are more suitable for specific niches, but none that fill all the roles in which 757s are utilized as effectively as the 'five-seven. Boeing's 767 and Airbus's A310/330 are close behind in the category of "most versatile aircraft ever."
 
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Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:49 am

I agree, One of the best all around jets ever. Except for Fleet commonality, I don't understand why some carriers select the 739. I'll be on 2 of them (757) later this week, one AA metal, the other ex-TWA ...hmm..get to compare the Rolls vs P & W power plants again!!!!Wowweeee!
 
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:54 am

As far as I know, no 757 has ever crashed due to mechanical malfunction. That is very impressive. Additionally, the 757 is 'overpowered' and can opperate easily out of hot and high airports such as Vail, Bolivia, SXM, etc.
 
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 8:59 am

**As far as I know, no 757 has ever crashed due to mechanical malfunction. That is very impressive. Additionally, the 757 is 'overpowered' and can opperate easily out of hot and high airports such as Vail, Bolivia, SXM, etc.**

How did that LTE or whatever LT* crash out in the Caribbean a few years back and also that Aero Peru 757 that crashed out in the Pacific. They happened I think within a year or two of each other.

The 757 has caused planes following too close behind it to crash though with its severe wake turbulance.
 
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 9:06 am

I vote it ranks up there with the DC-3/C-47 as well. I believe that Aero Peru crash was not mechanical, somebody on the ground messed up, but Im not sure...so dont trust me on this!:p
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 9:13 am

http://www.airdisaster.com should give you all of the info you need regarding the Birgenair 757 crash off the Domincan Republic's coast in 1996.

The AeroPeru crash was also in that year, and it was caused by ground maintenance's failure to remove masking tape that was stuck over the plane's static ports. The tape was put in place when the plane was cleaned a few days prior. With the static ports covered, the plane, once at altitude, received erroneus airspeed and altitude information, which confused the pilots and eventually led the plane to crash into the Pacific.

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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 9:13 am

How did that LTE or whatever LT* crash out in the Caribbean a few years back and also that Aero Peru 757 that crashed out in the Pacific. They happened I think within a year or two of each other.

One was an American Airlines 757 that was a controlled flight into terrain incident. The other, the "LTE", was an incredible example of human error. There was tape left over from maintenance that was not removed before flight. The pilots had erroneous readings from the instruments during night time in which they became spacially disoriented.

The 757 has caused planes following too close behind it to crash though with its severe wake turbulance

No more than any other small aircraft following a large one that encountered wake turbulence.

The 757 is the most versitile airliner in the world. It would be a damn shame if it's life was ended prematurely.
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 9:17 am

HlywdCraft:

The AeroPeru crashed because of tape covering the static ports maintenance had failed to remove.

The other you speak of I havent heard of. Possibly the Bergenair with blocked pitot tubes.
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 9:19 am

The Birgenair 757 crashed in the Caribbean due to plugged pitot tube. Overspeed warning went off since airspeed readings were too high, but a/c was dangerously close to stall speed. Pilots decreased power and tried to pull up. That's as much as I remember.
 
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RE: 757: The Most Versatile Aircraft In Use? Ever?

Tue Aug 19, 2003 9:32 am

According to Airdisaster.com, there was a crash of a 757 that was the result of a pitot static failure as a result of tape that was not removed from the static/pitot system.

Kinda scary that something as simple as tape caused these two tragedies.

http://www.airdisaster.com/cgi_bin/view_manu_details.cgi?aircraft=757
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