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What Airplane Did AA Call "stretch"?

Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:31 am

I remember back in the 80's flying American Airlines and on the safety card they called the airplane the 7X7 Stretch. I seem to remember the 737, is that right? Was it the 727? Does anyone remember? Was it even AA?
 
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RE: What Airplane Did AA Call "stretch"?

Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:36 am

Yes, it was the Boeing 727-223 (72S). I flew on them many times as a kid. I think I may even have one of the safety cards lying around somewhere.
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RE: What Airplane Did AA Call "stretch"?

Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:45 am

Quoting FlyTPA (Reply 1):
Yes, it was the Boeing 727-223 (72S).

Thank you. I remember always amazed at how looooooong that aircraft was. I think I remember thinking they literally stretched it on a machine.
 
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RE: What Airplane Did AA Call "stretch"?

Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:07 am

Quoting United787 (Thread starter):
I remember back in the 80's flying American Airlines and on the safety card they called the airplane the 7X7 Stretch.

Seems from the "X" that the card was designed for more than one variant of the same aircraft type.

Quoting United787 (Thread starter):
I seem to remember the 737, is that right?

Interesting to note that United had common safety cards for their 737-200/300/500 aircraft, made possible by the fact that doors and overwing emergency exit plugs were in the same locations and of the same type on all three variants. Therefore, it is possible that the aircraft referenced may have been a 737-300; AA operated ex-Air Cal 737-200s and -300s (in full AA livery) for several years after acquiring Air Cal in 1988. On the other hand, the 727-100 and -200 types used by AA in the 1980s did not have the same door arrangements and therefore could noy have used a common safey card.

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RE: What Airplane Did AA Call "stretch"?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:13 am

Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 3):
Seems from the "X" that the card was designed for more than one variant of the same aircraft type.

I added the X because I couldn't remember which plane it was. I think FlyTPA is correct, it is the 727-200.
 
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RE: What Airplane Did AA Call "stretch"?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 3:58 am

Quoting United787 (Reply 4):
I added the X because I couldn't remember which plane it was. I think FlyTPA is correct, it is the 727-200.

Indeed I very much recall that the 727-200 was commonly referred to as a "727 Stretch" or simply "Stretch" for some years after the type entered service in 1967. At the time, it was a dramatic stretch (20') of an existing design. I clearly remember the first time I noticed a 727 that seemed to be longer -- I even asked someone if it was a 727 to which the reply was "it's a 727 Stretch." Even after McDonnell-Douglas rewrote the definition of "stretch" with its DC-8-61/63 series (37' longer than its DC-8 predecessors) the 727-200 continued to be known as a "Stretch" at the same time the longer DC-8s were more commonly known as a "Stretch Eight."

In all of my memory, there was never such a reference to the 737-300 (or even the later 737-800/900) when comparing it to a 737-100/200 or when comparing the DC-9-80/MD-80 to earlier, much shorter, DC-9 variants. By then, airframe "stretch" had become so commonplace as to render the term almost meaningless when referring to various airliners.

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