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Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Sat May 20, 2006 2:55 am

Hello


I keep reading about clasic jet and some how 737 pop up. I my opinoe the 737 is not realy a classic jet. Yes the 100 and 200 was built in the 60's but they was flying junk. The 737 did not improve till the 300 model when it got the new CFM-56-3 high by pass engines. When I think of classic jet I think of 707,DC-8 and 727. Classic jets was fast the 727 cruies at mach 0.84 and the 707 cruise at mach 0.83, let face it the 737 is not a classic in just like todays twinjet airliners. Anyway the 737 is being buit.
 
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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Sat May 20, 2006 3:10 am

As a 737 Pilot I have to say that it is a classic jet! It still is the best selling medium/short range jet ever built (until today).

Compare it to the A320 familiy...no signs of "classic" there. Supercritical wing causing an instable flight behavior.

But of course, 727 or 707 jets are classic!!!

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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Tue May 30, 2006 7:25 am

So because it was built to different design criteria its not a classic? I'm sure an intelligent argument could be made either way, but to say it is not fast enough to be a classic? That makes no sense.

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
I my opinoe the 737 is not realy a classic jet. Yes the 100 and 200 was built in the 60's but they was flying junk.

A lot of pilots and operators would argue with you there. Many are still in service, and if it weren't for the fuel consumption and noise of the thirsty old engines, more would probably be around.

Were the orriginal 737s perfect? No. But they and their follow-ons represent some of the most important aircraft ever built. Even the LCC model that now dominates many markets owes its start to some first-generation 737s (and a very colorful lawyer). I'd say that makes it a classic.

And DocJones, welcome to A.net!

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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Tue May 30, 2006 7:33 am

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):

Guess you think the Ford Model T isn't a classic either???
 
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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Tue May 30, 2006 7:52 am

The best selling a/c of all time, with 8 of it's 9 iterations (-200 thru -900) still flying? The most popular aircraft in the world? An aircraft which made and carried many airlines for many years?

Not only is it a classic, it's a juggernaut...
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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Tue May 30, 2006 6:06 pm

hey there,

check out the cockpit layout of the old 737s and compare it to 320s and maybe to 777s or 747s... it looks old! The NG 737 looks a bit more modern, but the overhead panel is still pretty much the same as the classic ones!

I was sitting in an old 727 last week in SEA and I felt so familiar in there! Nearly everything was where it should be! The overhead panel is still pretty much the same! (except the F/E Panel of course)  Wink

For me, who flew 737 NG and now flying the old ones again can only say: It is a very classic aircraft which makes A LOT OF FUN to fly!

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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Tue May 30, 2006 9:19 pm

I am not a pilot but I very much think that the 737 is a classic!!
One of the early narrowbody twinjets, it will remain a classic, though it has evolved over the years.

Quoting DocJones737 (Reply 1):
Compare it to the A320 familiy...no signs of "classic" there. Supercritical wing causing an instable flight behavior

Please..that was totally uncalled for!
Everyone knows how good a plane the A320 really is. I'm sure many pilots can vouch for it.
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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Tue May 30, 2006 10:54 pm

Based on its longevity in production, the number of different varients, and the number of different operators that have flown it, the 737 is a classic.
Based on only the number of units ordered by civil operators, it is the most popular civil transport ever flown.
The DC-3/C-47 thru C-53/R4D/Dakota family owes much of its numbers to the military orders it received and it is also a classic by anyone's definition..
 
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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Tue May 30, 2006 11:49 pm

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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Wed May 31, 2006 4:51 am

Quoting DocJones737 (Reply 1):
Supercritical wing causing an instable flight behavior.

Do you mind telling us a bit more on this comment about the 320 family?
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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Wed May 31, 2006 6:20 am

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 4):
Not only is it a classic, it's a juggernaut...

Could not have been said better.
 
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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Wed May 31, 2006 11:17 am

Ever fly in the -200 series? It's definitely a classic.
 
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RE: Do You Think The 737 Is Realy A Classic Jet.

Wed May 31, 2006 11:37 am

Quoting Navairjax (Reply 11):
Ever fly in the -200 series? It's definitely a classic.

Delta's -200's hearken back to a bygone era. The smaller overhead bins. The smoking cigars under the wings. The fact that you can actually see L1 from coach. Even the type of seats.

Definitely a classic. Reminds me so much of my first ever flight, which was on a 727. I know that modern aircraft are superior in every measurable way, and I love the new stuff. But every now and then, I like a ride in a true classic, and I put the 737-200 in that group.
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