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Boeings "first" Planes

Fri May 26, 2000 11:32 am

What does Boeing do with their prototype planes after they are done test flying them? DO they just end up selling them to airlines or what? I know the first 747 ever made is parked in Seattle but what about all the other planes that Boeing makes? What do they do with them?

RE: Boeings

Fri May 26, 2000 12:11 pm

I can tell you that the 777 prototype (or one of them) is going to Cathay Pacific. The 767 prototype went to the US Army for use in the Star Wars program. Even though the Star Wars program is dead the 767 is still used by them in other missle defense tests (I believe).
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RE: Boeings "first" Planes

Fri May 26, 2000 12:26 pm

The first 737 prototype (-100) went into service with NASA, and is now being preserved.

Prototypes for 737-300, -500 are in service with WN (?), and the prototype -400 went into service with Piedmont, later migrating to US Airways (?).

The prototype 727-100 plane went into service with UA after certification (Last flight SFO-SEA), and is now in Everett being restored (owned by Museum Of Flight--SEA).

The prototype 757-200 is still in service with Boeing, I believe, while the 757-300 is with Condor.

I think that almost 99.9% of the prototypes go into service with the launch customer.

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RE: Boeings "first" Planes

Fri May 26, 2000 12:53 pm

The first 737-100 is sitting on the airport that I take my flying lessons at Grant County International (MWH) in Moses LAke Washington.
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RE: Boeings

Fri May 26, 2000 3:02 pm


Are you sure? I thought the first 737-100 was at Boeing field, being used as the JSF avionics testbed. Perhaps that plane is the first -200. Actually, if you live close to Seattle, you should go down to Boeing Field. There you'll see the first 737-100 or 200, 1st 747 in original colors, 1st 757 trying its hardest to look like a F-22, 1st 767 with a big bubble on its back, and the prototype 767-400ER. Also, if its sunny out (a rarity, I know) drive up to Everett, and hopefully the doors will be open so you can see the 1st 777 sitting in the Eastern-most hanger, being retrofitted for Cathay. Then drive just down the road to the entrance to Paine Field, and take a look at the 1st 727 sitting outside there.

All gave some. Some gave all.

"First Planes" Photo Category

Fri May 26, 2000 9:15 pm

Just note that there is now a "first off the production line" category of photos available on this website. To view, just select the scrolling banner announcement on the homepage, or choose it off the list of Categories.

At the moment I've only added the Boeing 707, 727, 737, & 747 models to this category. I'll be adding other types as soon as I get the chance (I'll try to get through the rest of the Boeings this weekend, for starters).


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