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How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:17 pm

Hi,

with its short and fat body and short wings, how did the 732 behave during turbulence?

Personally, I flew it 4 times, and the flights were smooth (but the weather was fine...).

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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:29 pm

I also flew the 732 four times. Two of those were between EZE and SCL, and we encountered the usual bumps over the Andes.

From what I recall, it didn't feel much different (if different at all) from other narrowbodies I've flown on the route (A320, newer 737s).
 
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:51 pm

To me, the 732 always had a stiffer, firmer ride than larger aircraft which offer greater wingspan. The 732's short, stubby wings didn't seem to have much flex. Even the DC-9 and 727 always seemed to offer a smoother ride.

Of course, the L-1011 Tristar and 747 (and even the DC-10) wings give a wonderful WIDE RIDE!  
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:18 pm

Quoting reffado (Reply 1):
From what I recall, it didn't feel much different (if different at all) from other narrowbodies I've flown on the route (A320, newer 737s).

I agree, I've flown numerous 732 flights (UA, PI, Midway) and never thought the ride was much different than other narrowbodies.
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:35 pm

It was better than the 737-600, which is basically the same fuselage but MUCH MORE WING.
It's like a pair of parachutes out there, yanking the -600 back and forth, up and down.
 
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:41 am

No difference to me. However, I think the air is getting rougher these days, so I am not sure if I would have the same opinion today.
 
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:29 am

Interesting.
I have never flown the 736, but have flown once the 735 which has the same lenght as the 732 and the 736 if I am not mistaken

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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:38 am

Quoting WROORD (Reply 5):
I think the air is getting rougher these days

huh???  Wow!
 
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:04 pm

Mix of 737-200, -400 and -500 around here, and from a passenger point of view the only real difference I notice is the -400/500s have bigger overhead bins and are noticeably quieter in the back, but otherwise they feel the same to me.
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:43 pm

I flew the 732 a few times on both DL and US. Loud engines, creaky plane, and not fun during turbulence at all.

Worst was a DL 732 on BUF-CVG. We were a few miles south of CLE when we hit some pretty bad bumps. This on top of the fact that the plane shook so bad on takeoff out of BUF that I thought it was going to fall apart on the runway. Needless to say I tried to avoid 732s in the future.

Next worst was a US 732 on ATL-CLT. Descending into CLT the plane started to fishtail. Again, after shaking so hard during takeoff out of ATL that I thought it would fall apart on the runway.

737-200 was a worthless bucket of bolts, IMHO. Glad to see it gone.
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:43 pm

Quoting EMB170: 737-200 was a worthless bucket of bolts, IMHO. Glad to see it gone.


On the other hand, Aloha Airlines' 20-plus year old "Convertible" 732 operating ITO-HNL literally blew its top in a sudden decompression, and still was able to land safely at OGG (albeit, with a senior Flight Attendant being sucked out of the plane). so it really isn't a "bucket of bolts" but was a strong frame in typical of Boeing.

Quoting EMB170 (Reply 9):
737-200 was a worthless bucket of bolts, IMHO. Glad to see it gone.
 
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:40 pm

Quoting EMB170 (Reply 9):
737-200 was a worthless bucket of bolts, IMHO. Glad to see it gone.

Tell that to Boeing after building 1,114 737-200's......
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:55 pm

Having flown on 100s, 200s classics and NGs, I can say that the 200 was a fine airplane. Tough and reliable. No worse than most and better than some.
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:12 pm

Quoting superjeff (Reply 10):

I find it funny you called the plane tough for staying intact after it lost its roof for NOT being tough. You will never see a DC-9 fail in such fashion.
 
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:19 pm

Quoting tjwgrr (Reply 11):
Quoting EMB170 (Reply 9):
737-200 was a worthless bucket of bolts, IMHO. Glad to see it gone.

Tell that to Boeing after building 1,114 737-200's....

Still at least a couple of dozen 732s, mostly combis, hard at work in Canada, including operations to remote gravel (sometimes ice) runways serving mine sites in the Arctic regions etc. Some of those aircraft have been doing that work very reliably for 35 years or more, including operations from runways less than 5,000 ft. Those aircraft are gradually being retired as they reach their hours or cycles limits and there's really nothing else that can do the same job.

Montreal-based Nolinor 732 combi landing on the 4,500 ft. gravel strip at the Meadowbank gold mine almost on the Arctic Circle in Canada's Nunavut territory. All the workers are flown in and out on a 2-week-on, 2-week-off basis. There are several similar remote mine locations that can only be reached by air.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8thrAe_6Q94
More on that mine including some footage of the air operations.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVxdiwj1jyI

And a Canadian North 732 landing on a gravel strip at the Diavik diamond mine a couple of hundred miles northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, with captain's explanation of the gravel kit and related procedures.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYBv7yJ-SDw

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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:47 pm

I flew DL and US (Delta Express and Metrojet) 732s a lot back in the early 2000s. I always chose the rear of the plane. The windows would rattle violently on takeoff and the plane fishtailed a good bit. Once in flight, I found the plane to be quite stable. (Of course that was once the beverage service began.)

But watching those clamshell reversers deploy made it all worthwhile. Major shaking and rattling again when they were deployed.
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RE: How Was The 732 During Turbulence?

Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:38 pm

I flew many 732 flights on Aloha (and DC9 & 717s on HA). The approach into OGG is always bumpy due to windy conditions and the 732 handled the bumps just as well as the DC9 and 717. From my perspective as a passenger and flight attendant they were pretty much identical in terms of "flight comfort."

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