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Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:34 am

Wikipedia states that the 737 made its maiden flight 48 years ago today.

It has grown to be the workhorse of the skies.

Perhaps surprisingly, it's probably the aircraft I've done the least amount of flying on -- I know I've been on the 732 and 738, but I think I've missed every other one in the family.

Hard to believe it's been 48 years -- more years than I've been on this planet!
 
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Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:38 pm

Wow! 48 years! The 737 started off as a rather dumpy relative to the sleek 707 and still new 727 and has grown to become a beautiful aircraft in her own right. I figure at least half of all the flights I've taken have been on some variant of the 737. I like them and look forward to many more years of enjoyable experiences aboard Boeing's best seller.
 
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Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:43 pm

Damn...48 yrs.

I remember as a kid I always loved to sit in rows 12-14 on UA's
732's, so I could watch those thrust reversers deploy on landing.
PARTICULARLY when landing in snowy conditions...LOVED IT!
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Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:36 pm

My first flight was in a 732!
 
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Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:53 pm

Quoting EWRandMDW (Reply 1):
I figure at least half of all the flights I've taken have been on some variant of the 737

Or more in my case.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:10 am

Quoting 29erUSA187 (Reply 4):
Quoting EWRandMDW (Reply 1): I figure at least half of all the flights I've taken have been on some variant of the 737
Or more in my case.

Or probably 90% in my case.   . Wife and I are flying on another one in the morning out of DAL. When you fly for free on them you can rack up some flights (plus all of the maintenance downlines of course). They aren't quite as old as me but close.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:25 am

I've probably been on fewer than 10 737s since I started flying in the early 80s. Over the past twenty years, I've done more than 150 flights ... but since almost all of them have been long-haul, I've not had much chance to log the 737 family.

I have, however, managed to get an hour in a 738 simulator.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:48 am

Quoting BreninTW (Thread starter):
It has grown to be the workhorse of the skies.

While it has become come the workhorse of the skies, in some markets that becoming the end.

In New Zealand it marks the 47th year of Domestic 737 service, which will end this September when the final 733 is retired, Then its just A320 from both NZ/JQ.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:03 am

I have flown in most variants including the weird 735 (well never flown in a 600 series and the AS combis), but all Its a hell of and aircraft !!!

My fave? the new 739ER by DL with slimmest and sky interiors...

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Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:13 am

My first 737-200 flight was from Montreal to the Canadian north in 1972 aboard Nordair piloted by a former Luftwaffe ME-262 captain who was very good in landing this combi in wind and white-out conditions at Baffin Bay, as I recall. There has been a name change and apparently NWT does not exist anymore, but the 737 lives on.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:37 pm

My first 737 flight was on a USAir 737-200 from LGA to SYR. It was an early morning departure on New Years morning in 1984. The flight had only about 5 passengers on it. It was a newly delivered 737-200 with the new plane smell. I remember looking out the window when landing and seeing the engines reverse. I wasn't expecting to see that. For a kid it was very cool to watch. As an adult it was always very cool to watch. Back then USAir even served blueberry muffins on the short flight.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:47 pm

Last Century's airplane being warmed over once again for the 21st Century. Yay. Condolences to all that have to sit in the cramped, outdated and more often than not (because of beancounters) cold Front Office. Flew the Jurassic and the Classics. Not again, thanks.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:13 pm

When the MAX is introduced to service in 2017, it will mark 50 years of 737 flight. Wow.
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:22 pm

Hard to avoid the 737 when you fly Alaska more than any other airline!

The 737 family can now do everything the 727 could do and 95% of what the 757 and 707 could do. It would have been hard to see the 737-800 coming in 1967.
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:28 pm

Which was the first commercial route operated by a B737-100? Was it a Lufthansa plane?
My first flight on B737 (and my 3rd fly overall) was on LADECO (a defunct Chilean operator) that had the seasonal SLA-IQQ flight in January 1993. I was only five, and it was my first international flight, though I had been, by land, twice in Chile before. I also scored the return flight (also B732) on the IQQ-SLA route, connecting to the then daily B722 service on the SLA-TUC route offered by AR... Those were glorious days!
And Chile (for Argentineans) was amazingly cheap, and we could not only buy but also afford unimaginable technology. We bought a microwave, and a tape RECORDER. We still have both things, and both work properly (though I doubt any of us has tried to record something on a cassette for maybe the last 15 years...
 
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:17 pm

I was lucky enough to work with Westjet designing their Safety Cards from early on, and was able to have an intimate look at the 737-200, and then their first 737-700. Amazing the transformation between the generations!

I've enjoyed flights across North America on the -200,-300,-500,-600,-700 & -800.

Many more decades of success to Boeing and their amazing narrowbody!
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:31 pm

Quoting RIXrat (Reply 9):
There has been a name change and apparently NWT does not exist anymore, but the 737 lives on.

The NWT still exists... but it was split in two. Now it is roughly the western half and the eastern half is called Nunavut.

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Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:56 pm

I've been on the (relatively rare) 100 series (PEOPLExpress), 200, 300, 400, 500, 800.

It's a bit disappointing though that this plane will still be in widespread use 52 years from now. 100 years an only "evolution" instead of "revolution."
 
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Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:11 am

Quoting cathay747 (Reply 2):
I remember as a kid I always loved to sit in rows 12-14 on UA's
732's, so I could watch those thrust reversers deploy on landing.
Quoting sspontak (Reply 10):
I wasn't expecting to see that. For a kid it was very cool to watch.

As a kid I flew either with my sister or alone SEA-ANC every year to spend the summer with my dad in Alaska. One year I was flying alone to SEA on a Wien Air Alaska 737-200 and had never seen a thrust reverser deploy before. Landing at SEA, it did it's thing and I thought the plane was coming apart. lol. I envisioned our plane cartwheeling down the runway with my mom watching from the terminal. Amazing what your imagination can come up with in a few moments time.  

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Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:24 am

Although i had flown before, this is the first flight i actually remember. I even remember boarding at EMA and telling my dad that it was the 737th 737, as they had a little plaque on the interior to tell you. Although that was over 30 years ago so my memory might be slightly off on that one.

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/6/3/2/0441236.jpg

I loved Orion, they were so friendly to me as a youngster and excited for my trip to PMI, i was distraught when Britannia bought them out, but oh well life changes...

48 years of service, hats off to one of THE workhorses of the skies..

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[Edited 2015-04-10 17:27:14]

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Sat Apr 11, 2015 1:00 am

Quoting Natflyer (Reply 11):
Last Century's airplane being warmed over once again for the 21st Century. Yay. Condolences to all that have to sit in the cramped, outdated and more often than not (because of beancounters) cold Front Office. Flew the Jurassic and the Classics. Not again, thanks.

What is better? These airplanes were built to make money, no more/no less. I flew this morning from DAL to BNA and loved every second of it. There is no problem with flying in a 737 for 2 to 3 hours, now granted that is getting stretched to significantly more. Heck, I could do a couple of more hours (and have). IMO flying is a means to get you where you are going. If you want to see the world then drive or ride a train. If you want total comfort then get a dang good education and become a millionaire. If you have the money then by all means fly the way you want, I CAN'T, so I have to do the cheap. Don't even start on B v A. right now. Nothing is safe is it??
 
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Sat Apr 11, 2015 2:27 am

Quoting 737tdi (Reply 20):
What is better? These airplanes were built to make money, no more/no less. I flew this morning from DAL to BNA and loved every second of it. There is no problem with flying in a 737 for 2 to 3 hours, now granted that is getting stretched to significantly more. Heck, I could do a couple of more hours (and have). IMO flying is a means to get you where you are going. If you want to see the world then drive or ride a train. If you want total comfort then get a dang good education and become a millionaire.

I believe NatFlyer was referring to the cockpit, while you are referring to the passenger cabin.
 
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Sat Apr 11, 2015 2:47 am

I might have flown the 100 in Pan Am, but I am not sure MCO-MIA in 1983. Those bucket reversers were cool and NOISY.


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Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:04 am

My first 737 was a -100 series on Lufthansa. It was on 9/13/68 from FRA to AMS on aircraft D-ABEH. After that I had several more 737-100s on LH. They had open overhead racks and looked like a 727 inside, except LH 727s had gray seats with headrest covers in alternating rows of maroon and aquamarine, while the 737s had blue seats with white headrest covers. I've got a good memory, haven't I?

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Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:26 am

I remember taking a NZ flight from DUD to CHC many years ago on a 732 fitted with hush-kits. I was amazed at just how far behind the engines these "kits" protruded - it really did look strange and unwieldy and they must have added quite a bit of weight. It was a nice quite smooth trip so no doubt the kits did their job well.
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Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:44 am

My first ride on a 737 was with Pacific Western back in 1985 on a -200 from YLW-YVR. Since then, here's my little claim to fame:

Boeing B732 - Canadian, Canadian North, Lufthansa, Pacific Western, WestJet
Boeing B733 - Canadian North, KLM, Lufthansa, United
Boeing B734 - KLM
Boeing B735 - Lufthansa, United
Boeing B736 - WestJet
Boeing B737 - EasyJet, WestJet
Boeing B738 - Ryanair, WestJet

Only the -100 and -900 series are missing. Damn shame the -100 series isn't going to happen but I'm sure I'll find my way on to a -900 and the MAX is just around the corner. So here's to you 737, thank you for many, many, many safe and enjoyable flights and to the many more to come - Happy Birthday!
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Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:08 am

I've carried a log of all my latest flights (since 2006) though they are about 70% of all flights in my life. Lately, it's been an amazing add of many B737Classic thanks to being a frequent traveler on Ukraine International, who has quite an amazing fleet.
I've never logged any B731, B736 nor B739.
B737-200 x3 LV-ZTE LV-ZTE CP-2476
B737-300 x8 CP-2595 OO-VEN CP-2691 CP-2699 YL-BBR UR-GAH UR-GBA UR-GBA
B737-400 x3 G-DOCE EI-CZK UR-GAX
B737-500 x4 LV-BIX LV-BDD UR-GAT VP-BYP
B737-700 x16 G-EZJR LV-CAM HK-4660 HK-4608 LV-CPH LV-GOO LV-CMK LV-CVX LV-CWL LV-CAM LV-CBT LV-CPH LV-CWL LV-CYO LV-CYN LV-BZO
B737-800 x18 4X-EKA EI-DYY EI-DYY EI-DYV EI-DYW PH-BXV PH-BXZ EI-EBI LV-CXT LV-FQY LV-FQC UR-PSE VQ-BTC VQ-BTC UR-PSD UR-PSC VP-BDF TC-JVG
 
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Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:28 am

I've never been a fan of 737, until NG came along, especially -800 and -900. And then came the winglets... Drool...
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Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:06 pm

If not already mentioned, the first flight date in the thread subject is not correct. It was April 9th, 1967, not April 4th.
 
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Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:25 pm

My first 737 was the California Bear WN 733 from SAN-MCI, and then another 733 to MHT. It's been a while! Since then I've been on the -300, -500, -700, -800, and the -900ER. Maybe over 100 times
 
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Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:49 am

Quoting eielef (Reply 26):
I've carried a log of all my latest flights (since 2006) though they are about 70% of all flights in my life. Lately, it's been an amazing add of many B737Classic thanks to being a frequent traveler on Ukraine International, who has quite an amazing fleet.
I've never logged any B731, B736 nor B739.
B737-200 x3 LV-ZTE LV-ZTE CP-2476
B737-300 x8 CP-2595 OO-VEN CP-2691 CP-2699 YL-BBR UR-GAH UR-GBA UR-GBA
B737-400 x3 G-DOCE EI-CZK UR-GAX
B737-500 x4 LV-BIX LV-BDD UR-GAT VP-BYP
B737-700 x16 G-EZJR LV-CAM HK-4660 HK-4608 LV-CPH LV-GOO LV-CMK LV-CVX LV-CWL LV-CAM LV-CBT LV-CPH LV-CWL LV-CYO LV-CYN LV-BZO
B737-800 x18 4X-EKA EI-DYY EI-DYY EI-DYV EI-DYW PH-BXV PH-BXZ EI-EBI LV-CXT LV-FQY LV-FQC UR-PSE VQ-BTC VQ-BTC UR-PSD UR-PSC VP-BDF TC-JVG

That is a great log. I started flying in 1976 or so. I don't keep records, I fly to much, I would have tomes of flights. I am envious that y'all do know where and what you fly/flew on. But.. As I said it would be untenable. It would be so big that you could not imagine.

Enjoy your flying my friend. Nothing better then seeing the clouds roar buy at speed.



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Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:06 am

Quoting zkncj (Reply 7):

Quoting BreninTW (Thread starter):
It has grown to be the workhorse of the skies.

While it has become come the workhorse of the skies, in some markets that becoming the end.

In New Zealand it marks the 47th year of Domestic 737 service, which will end this September when the final 733 is retired, Then its just A320 from both NZ/JQ.

Question then; would this make Air New Zealand the longest operator of 737s outside the USA? Very possibly, as I believe they were one of the first operators to utilise the 737.
 
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Sun Apr 12, 2015 1:41 pm

Quoting aotearoa (Reply 31):
Question then; would this make Air New Zealand the longest operator of 737s outside the USA?

That honour goes to Lufthansa, they received the first ever 737 delivery, 2 737-100s on 27 dec 1967, and they still hold on to the type for at least 2 or 3 years, 8 months before New Zealand. they might just sit out 50 years but not much longer.
Fun fact; United got their first -200 on 29 dec 1967 but they disqualify, they ditched their classic 737 fleet before they merged to Continental and reintroduced 737s thru to them.
Quoting N62NA (Reply 17):
It's a bit disappointing though that this plane will still be in widespread use 52 years from now.

I am not so sure. What if the NSA will be introduced around 2027? Maybe only Saha Air and L.A. Congolaises will have 2 airworthy 737s left by 2067 in that case.

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Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:40 pm

If you really want to split hairs, United never stopped flying 737s. They retired it in 2009, but had several ferry flights flying them to various spots in 2010, acquired CO and inherited theirs, and then continued flying. So UA is the longest 737 operator other than LH.
 
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Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:14 pm

BOO!!!!!
 
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Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:19 pm

Well, with all of that said, my airline is still the largest user of 737s. I don't think there will ever be an airline that will beat the record WN has accomplished. I am curious though about the number of frames we have used over the years. I have never really researched it. Rock on you sweet little jet, there will never be another built that has flown so many people to so many places for so many years.
 
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:46 pm

Quoting PlanesNTrains (Reply 18):
One year I was flying alone to SEA on a Wien Air Alaska 737-200 and had never seen a thrust reverser deploy before. Landing at SEA, it did it's thing and I thought the plane was coming apart. lol. I envisioned our plane cartwheeling down the runway with my mom watching from the terminal. Amazing what your imagination can come up with in a few moments time.

I had almost exactly the same reaction the first time I flew on a 737...I don't think I was much older than 6 or 7 and didn't understand the concept of thrust reverse. Between the buckets deploying and the spoilers being raised, I thought the wing had just fallen apart.

The funny thing is, I'm probably an exception on here...I've taken exactly three flights on WN 737-700's. EVERY other 737 flight I've ever taken was on a 737-200 on the Bay Area to Los Angeles area corridor, between the late 1980's and mid 90's...AA (ex-AirCal) SJC-LAX, WN (probably the same ex-Air-Cal ships, flying SJC-BUR in the late 90's), and a few UA when they were running the SFO-LAX shuttle...which was also my first introduction to the glory that is Channel 9. I haven't done much flying since getting my driver's license in 1998, so my hours on MD-80's still far outnumber my hours on Guppies (and everything else, for that matter)...

In any event, congratulations to the 737 and to Boeing on this milestone! Truly amazing, when one thinks of it...

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Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:58 am

Looking at the size of the Space Bins that are going into the 737-900ERs due to be delivered to Alaska Airlines this summer.. I don't think anyone could have imagined that amount of luggage ever finding it's way INTO the CABIN of a 737 48 years ago.
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:27 pm

I don't think Boeing ever imagined 50 years ago when they began designing a jet that could operate to smaller airports efficiently replacing the prop airliners that it would become what it is now! At the time they were producing their answer to the Douglas DC-9.
 
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:46 am

I would highly recommend looking through the Flightglobal archives.

Here's a 737 advert from May 1965: The new short-range 737

Seating was planned for "75 to 100 passengers"... now that is an RJ!! 

And an in depth article from February 1966: BOEING 737 A Short-hauler Engineered for Efficiency
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:17 pm

My first flight was in 1998 on an EI B737.

My most recent flight in March was on an FR B737! Ya can see a pattern here  

I spent three years working as cabin crew on the 737. I soon got to know it's quirks, of which there are not many as it's a very stable reliable plane! I think I only ever had one technical problem and in the end that was fine. I could never understand why people still called the 737 stubby when to me the -800 is long and elegant with her pointy nose and big winglets.

I've had 58 flights as a passenger on 737s, almost half of all my flying!

DUB - FRA - DUB EI
DUB - FUE - TFS - FUE - DUB Futura
DUB - FAO - DUB Futura
DUB - CRL - DUB FR
DUB - REU - DUB FR
DUB - BCN - DUB FR
DUB - GRO - DUB FR
DUB - MAD FR
DUB - NTE - DUB FR
DUB - HHN - DUB FR
DUB - PSA - GRO - BCN - DUB FR
GRO - MAD - GRO FR
BCN - LGW - DUB BA
GRO - STN - DUB - BVA - GRO FR
DUB - STN - DUB FR
SXF - DUB FR
GRO - CRL - DUB - GRO FR
GRO - CGN - TXL FR AB
GRO - STN - AHO - GRO FR

And with work: GRO: LCA, AAR, BLL, TLL, LPP, TMP, TKU, BVA, BRE, PIS, CGN, DTM, FKB, FMM, HHN, NRN, SKG, AHO, BDS, CAG, PSR, PSA, PEG, SUF, TRS, NOC, DUB, ORK, MLA, FEZ, RAK, RBA, TRF, EIN, MST, GRQ, BZG, GDN, KTW, KRK, POZ, RZE, WAW, WRO, BTS, IBZ, MAD, PMI, GSE, JKG, KLR, KSD, MMX, SFT, VST, BOH, BHX, BRS, DSA, LTN, MAN,NCL, STN

BVA: TSF, FEZ, RAK, GSE

GSE: AHO

TSF: PMO

EIN: WMI, REU

Long live the 737, the Cher of the aviation world! The only thing that pissed me off was manually arming & disarming the slides!
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:46 pm

Thanks for sharing those!!

Loved the up to 700 mile range and the seat pitch advertised at 34" comments.
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:56 pm

737's make up 4 out of my top 10 aircraft flown.

#1 - 733 - 50 flights
#5 - 738 - 36 flights
#6 - 732 - 31 flights
#10 - 73G - 23 flights

I've also flown on the 500 and 900 quite a few times, and I've racked up a handful of flights on the 400.

I've always admired the aircraft for its versatility, and it's been interesting to note the enhancements along the way, especially since many of my early flights were on old 737-200's. Quite a contrast to the new 737-900ER aircraft.

I tip my hat to you, venerable 737, and I look forward to many more 737 flights in the future.
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:02 pm

Quoting ODwyerPW (Reply 41):
Thanks for sharing those!!

Then you'll like this one too, from 10 years ago by Guy Norris at Flight Global: THE 737 STORY: Little wonder

The last 3 paragraphs...  
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Resource struggle

Despite the optimistic start, the 737 was quickly in trouble. The programme struggled for engineering and financial resources against the massive investments then being poured into the newly launched 747, and by 1970 the company seriously considered selling the 737 programme to the Japanese aerospace industry to raise much-needed funds. “We offered the whole caboodle to the Japanese. We were dead serious about trying to get money from anything. I can’t tell you that we would have gone through with it, but the intention was there. We were broke,” said Steiner, who added the prospective sale “has never really been talked about”.

The sale was technically feasible because of the unusual portable production jigs developed for the 737. The original site of the production line was at Boeing Field, and it was moved to its current site at Renton in late 1970. “It’s the only movable wing tooling Boeing has ever had, as far as I know,” said Steiner. “It was made movable so we could take the whole thing to Wichita [where 737 fuselages are still made by Spirit AeroSystems]. Later I had the job of bringing it from its station south of Plant 2 [at Boeing Field] over to Renton.”

By 1973 the world was in the throes of its first oil crisis, with orders so low that Boeing set up a task force to examine whether the 737 line should be shut down. Only 14 new orders came in 1972, while deliveries slumped from 114 in 1969 to just 22 in 1972 and 23 in 1973. Thankfully for Boeing, the ensuing market recovery and development of the 737-200 Advanced led to a resurgence in demand and the crisis was past.
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:17 am

This was my first type I started working on.......Amazing craft.
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:05 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 44):
This was my first type I started working on.......Amazing craft.

Mine was the A7 CorsairII. Then the F/A-18A , then the DC8 71/72/73, DC8 61/62, 727QF, and then the 737 200/300/700/800. 10 years of military, 10 years of MROs and then my current job on 737s. Rock on 737, now to the Max.
 
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:32 am

One significant part of these oldies was the retractable stairs  
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:04 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 47):
One significant part of these oldies was the retractable stairs

You can still order a NG with the stairs. I didn't know this until we started working on Air Tran's aircraft that the stairs had been removed but the door is still there.
 
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:46 pm

Quoting 737tdi (Reply 48):

All of FR's B737s have the retractable stairs installed & are used everyday. Not many airlines in Europe doing this.  
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RE: 737 - First Flight 48 Years Ago Today (April 4th)

Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:28 am

Are there any NG's out there with rear stairs installed ?
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