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How To Tell If It Is A 737 Classic?

Fri Mar 30, 2001 6:06 pm

How do you know what kind of 737 if it does not say on the fusalage
 
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RE: How To Tell If It Is A 737 Classic?

Fri Mar 30, 2001 6:56 pm

Well, if it's an "original" (-100 or -200) you'll see the engines are the older turbojets, cigarlike, tucked up under the wing, and the tail will hit the fuselage with a slight curve.

If it's a "classic" (-300, -400, or -500) you'll see the engines right in front of the wing with a noticable flattening on the bottom and the tail will hit the fuselage with a big straight diagonal section in front.

If it's a "new-generation" (-6, -7, -8, or -9 00) you'll see the engines a little rounder, the plane a little taller, and the wingspan very much increased. It can be very hard to tell a -700 from a -300, but -800s usually stand out for their length and -600s for their shortness in contrast to the huge size of their wings (-900s with be easy 'cause they'll all have scraped up tail undersides).

As far as separating -100s from -200s, you won't see any -100s so it's simple.
As far as separating -300s from -400s from -500s, -400s have two overwing exits, and -500s are really short. You can count windows if you really wanna' know.
And like said, -600s are really short with huge wings, -700s look like -300s with rounder engines and longer wings, -800s are really long, and -900s are really really long.
 
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Pictures Of Versions

Fri Mar 30, 2001 7:35 pm

I can't get the d*mn pictures to load, don't ask me why. If someone else can figure this out go ahead, the #s are included, and I guess this post is pretty useless w/o the photos.

Here's a -200, like said -100s look exactly the same but are slightly shorter. There were only 20 or so of those built and most are passed on, I don't know of any still out and about but the odds of seeing one have to be astronomical. Anyway, on the -200 notice the tail curves into the fuselage in front and the engines are very small and tucked under the wing.
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This is a -300, notice the engines up in front of the wing and the tail has a big diagonal slant into the fuselage rather than the smooth curve.
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This is a -400 - two overwing exits and very long but low to the ground. It's an oddly proportioned jet because it's so long but sits low and has short wings.
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But compare it to thise -800, which is much better in terms of fuselage length to wing length, it is also slightly longer than the -400. Notice the NGs have the tail slant and slightly rounder engines.
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This is a -500, short fuselage, short wings.
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This is a -600, still short like the -500, but wings look "too" long (if you ask me). They practically dwarf the plane.
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Here's a -700, notice how long those wings look! That's the best clue it's not a -300.
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RE: How To Tell If It Is A 737 Classic?

Fri Mar 30, 2001 8:12 pm

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I find the easiest was is to look at the sensors under the cockpit. On NG they are nearer the nose than the classics.

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