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N14AZ
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Boeing Production Pictures From 1979

Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:53 pm

I found some pictures from the Boeing factories taken in 1979 and I thought it would be worth scanning them and sharing them here. In comparison to the B 787- and A 350-production-threads, it might be interesting to see how it was about 33 years ago.

B 747 cockpit
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7251/6963744328_5a8b6ab28b_b.jpg
Unfortunately I cannot say which 747 this actually is. I wonder if such a drawing helped or rather contributed to the reader’s confusion.  

B 737 cockpit
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7181/7109816407_afcee888cc_b.jpg
Is it still this way with all the fasteners and tools are laying loose around? I would think that from time to time something fell down onto the fuselage section, something from which a 787-manager would get a heart attack  

B 737 fuselage factory
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/6963744514_3343e9c3c7_b.jpg
Four guys having a nice lunch break next to the fuselage sections. Is it still allowed to eat there?

The tailplanes of some UA and Syrian Arab Airlines B727s:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7109816605_b38af99f97_b.jpg
22043 / 1559, B 727-294 destined for Syrian Arab Airlines
21908 / 1560, B 727-222 for United
22044 / 1561, B 727-294 destined for Syrian Arab Airlines
21909 / 1562, B 727-222 for United
21907 1558, B 727-222 for United

However, the two RB 727s never flew for Syrian Arab Airlines. Instead of this they were delivered to AVENSA.

B 737 / B 727 final assembly line in Renton
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7201/7109816783_5a316e0b6f_b.jpg
The first one is a Britannia B 737-204, followed by a Saudia B 737-268, Maersk B 737-2L9, Air Florida B 737-2T4 with “First Air Florida B 737” titles, delivered on December 17th 1979, Piedmont B 737-201 and finally a BA B 737-236.

The “First Air Florida B 737” title is obviously referring to the first B 737 produced for Air Florida since Air Florida operated second-hand 737 well before 1979. After being delivered, this Air Florida 737 looked as follows:

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Photo © Tim Chaloner


and this is how she looked about 26 years later (don’t know if she is still there today).

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Photo © Michael Carter



Back to the pic from 1979, does anybody know why the B 727 wings are covered with red tape? Looks nice.

Some feedback to my questions would be nice.
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RE: Boeing Production Pictures From 1979

Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:25 am

Quoting N14AZ (Thread starter):
Back to the pic from 1979, does anybody know why the B 727 wings are covered with red tape? Looks nice

Looks like wing-lets on the tips of those 727's. But, I'm nearsighted so I may not be the best judge out there. If they were wing-lets on 727's back in '79 that would have been cool!
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RE: Boeing Production Pictures From 1979

Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:32 am

Quoting N14AZ (Thread starter):
Back to the pic from 1979, does anybody know why the B 727 wings are covered with red tape? Looks nice.

Maybe it was some type of protective covering to allow workers to walk up and down the wing without damaging it?
 
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RE: Boeing Production Pictures From 1979

Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:32 am

Fantastic. Thanks for posting it!
 
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RE: Boeing Production Pictures From 1979

Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:20 am

Cool pics!



Great to see, double thumbs up for that!

 
 
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RE: Boeing Production Pictures From 1979

Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:15 am

Amazing oldie pictures there....Thanks.

The one wherer the tech is going thru the paper wiring diagram......Lots of manual working....less automation & no computers....
Amazingly how different things are today......& imagine what it would be like in another 50yrs.
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