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Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 12:40 am

I often read entries by so-called aviation enthusiasts that the B737-200 is old, noisy, uncomfortable and, frankly, beyond its use-by date. However, I think it’s a wonderfully exciting machine which is a pleasure to fly. Do you like the 732 or not?
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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 12:42 am

Why do I think that FR somehow fit in to this?  Big grin
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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 12:43 am

I love it. It's still a very useful machine, and will be in our skies for quite awhile. I think it catches the most flak for it's powerplant, but that makes it unique! Some of the Adv models are only 15-20 years old, so not too bad for those birds. Hopefully DL keeps em going for awhile!  Smile

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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 12:46 am

I love them. They seem to provide a more visceral flying experience. That and I like the old 742's as well. Too bad there aren't maybe around anymore.

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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:02 am

It works just fine and gets me there on time and safely. What more could I want from a 1-1½ hour flight.

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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:06 am

Starlionblue, May the fires of Hell unleash themsleves upon your poor self for mentioning those NW DC9s in the august annals of this forum again.........


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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:17 am

Love the 732... It may be old, and its engines may make alot of noise and burn a little extra fuel, but so what?

-New is good but not always better
-A little noise wont hurt you, and it makes it more fun
-The extra fuel costs are not good, but those engines can do some things that more efficient engines can't so in some cases its worth it.
-Can't beat those thrust reversers and the amazing runway performance!
-So many sales to so many operators in so many climates and like 30 years of service, it must be some airplane!



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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 2:24 am

The B737-200 is one of my favourite aircraft, although I haven't yet flown on one. Hopefully I will be able to do a MAN-DUB-MAN in January/February with FR!  Smile

It will be a great shame when Ryanair start to retire them next year.  Sad


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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 3:39 am

Honestly speakig, I can't stand the sight of a 732. It's ugly and those engines look horrible. I've never seen a 732 in real life and quite frankly, I do not wish to see one either. However, I do love the rest of the 737 series  Big thumbs up
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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 4:32 am

I really enjoy flying on the 737-200. It's the only you'll ever catch me on FR!

It certainly provides and exciting ride and makes flying on the likes of A319s seem very boring.
 
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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 4:36 am

No, they're disgusting, absolutely hate them. I don't hate the 737's in general though. I like the newer ones.
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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 5:23 am

Do you like the 732 or not?

No, I do not like it  Big grin  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Although, there funny to watch take off on a hot day with a full load, now that does get the adrenaline pumping!

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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 7:57 am

Although there are a lot of memories of mine connected to the B737-200, I don`t like in service in modern fleets.
I did some rides on it in the simulator at LH-base in Frankfurt and it is really easy to handle in the traffic pattern, but there are a lot of other "nostalgic" aircraft I like more...
 
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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 9:12 am

As a whole I do not like the 737, but the exception just has to be the 732. They always have been nice aircraft and I hope they will be around for many years to come, I love flying on them as they are just that little bit different to the rest of the Boeings and busses that are out there.

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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 9:24 am

Dan - I'll be in PLH on Thurs. Is the F50 still operating WOW's services?
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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 10:11 am

Afraid not, it left the day before I flew to BRS with Air Southwest, which really pi$$ed me off a bit, putting it mildly  Pissed So, you`ll have one of the DHC8s, A or B, lol.

Although there could be hope, they have been doing a lot of all night engine tests recently which they don`t do unless they have an urgent problem to sort, as it annoys residents, some of which live only a few hundred meters from the maintenance facilities.

Apparently it was a lightning strike which knocked the last one out causing a complete failure of just about everything important, source - friend listening to ATC conversation,

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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 10:14 am

Thanks for the update, Dan! I was hoping it was still the F50 - I've never flown on one - but hey! How long did BRS-PLH take? 20 mins? What can you tell me about WOW's service?

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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 10:40 am

Hi James,

Well, its a case of as soon as you are up, you are coming down again. BRS-PLH a few weeks ago took 21 mins, quite a scenic route. From BRS you head towards Western-Super-Mare, then bank left and fly over Hinkly Point, getting a good view of North Devon too  Big grin From there it usually heads south again and followed the M5 down towards Exeter, you should get a good view of EXT airport as well, then a slight right hander and follow the A38 to Plymouth. landings are normally a bit bumpy, last time our stewardess stated "I don`t like landings, especially not at Plymouth" which gives you confidence!  Sad

There's no in flight service, and your not allowed to leave your seat due to the short flight time. I`d recommend that you ask for seat 2D, lots of leg room by the emergency exit, but if you want to do any in flight photography bring a cloth as all the windows are smeared, well worth it, by being on the right hand side of the aircraft you get a spectacular sunset. By the way there are still a few safety cards left Big grin I have got some pictures, but they are still being developed, thank god its only 3 more days till I get my 300D!  Nuts

Not sure if I can make it to PLH on Thursday, have to work from 10:00-21:00 major ouch but I`ll see what I can do,

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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 7:44 pm

Thanks for your useful reply, Dan. I hope I route the way you said as it sounds pretty good. Actually, wait - I'll be doing it at night (arriving into PLH at 2055), so it's not like I'm gonna see much.  Wink/being sarcastic LOL.  Sad

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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Mon Sep 13, 2004 12:30 am

i really like the 737-200. Mostly because of back in the day( a few years ago) i used to fly BWI-FLL and back once or twice a year on good old Metrojet, yea, those were some good times. I love those bucket reversers; also, i love the loudness of the engines on takeoff. I remember one 732 flight( on metrojet), i was taking off from FLL on my way home(BWI). It was a very hot humid day in the middle of the afternoon, the engines were so loud and we kept speeding down the runway. I seriously thought we were going to run off the end of the runway, but we eventually lifted off. it was a VERY full flight and we took off at a VERY steep angle! The power of those little engines are unbelievable! Heres to the 732!  Smile


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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Mon Sep 13, 2004 1:38 am

I'm a fan of the 732! I flew in one recently with Saudia and I was still impressed by the power it had.

I used to work with them closely at LGW while doing dispatch (back in the mists of time) and you might be interested to know there was a lot of pilot snobbery going on. All the 733 etc pilots were very proud of themselves with their glass cockpits and stuff, while the 732 pilots felt like they had cut a bad deal. Poor them.


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The 732 is a classic and I love it!

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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Wed Sep 22, 2004 1:55 am

No, I don't like it AT ALL.... it's horrible, old, make a lot of noise and it's unsafe.I can't understand why people can like it.
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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Wed Sep 22, 2004 2:22 am

I love the 732!!

The sound it makes...the smoke it emits...just an awsome plane


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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Wed Sep 22, 2004 3:14 am

I don't like it. Purely for the aesthetics of the engines. I think they look just UGLY.
 
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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Wed Sep 22, 2004 4:59 am

Not really. The times I've flown on it, regardless of airline, they have always been rundown and dilapidated inside...too loud...too easily can smell the jet fuel fumes. I'll take an MD-80, MD-90 or B717 any day.
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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Wed Sep 22, 2004 6:33 pm

It is a classic, there is no doubt about that. But I prefer the newer 737's in the family.
 
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RE: Do You Like The 732?

Wed Sep 22, 2004 8:54 pm

The B732 is the main reason as to why the B737 Family is so popular. I really enjoyed hearing the loud engines of the B732 while on landing or taking off from WLG that NZ had before they were retired.
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