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Favourite 737 generation?

Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:39 pm

Hey guys, what's your favourite generation of the 737?

Mine are the NG, then Max, then Original, then Classic.
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:25 pm

Never been a fan of any of them. Havent rode on any of the newer models, which I include the 8-900 or the max. Not sure they make me like them a whole lot more. Maybe some though.
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:07 pm

Like the previous poster, I've never really been a fan of the 737, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Original. At least the old style low bypass engines and the short "stubby" appearance give them some degree of character. The other generations just feel pretty bland to me.
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:55 pm

I liked the original Southwest 737-200's with the lounge seating on the emergency exit row. They got rid of backward facing seats due to the cost of certifying 16G seats to face backwards.
 
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:27 am

Never been a fan either but the original -200 models, especially with the polished engine nacelles looked great
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:42 am

Considering the NG is the only one without any design flaws, it is the de facto option for me. But truthfully, outside of getting an RJ, nothing sinks the heart greater as an enthusiast than seeing a 737 at the gate.
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:01 am

In this order MAX, Jurassic, NG lastly the classic. 737 is a great aircraft in my opinion both in appearance and capabilities.
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:01 am

For me it's hard to pick.

My earliest aviation memories were of the 2nd gen 737. Ansett -300s and Australian (and later Qantas) -300s/-400s in particular.

Then there's the NG which I'm the most familiar with by far. I'm pretty sure I've been on more 737-800s than anything else combined!

I also like the look of the 1st Generation but I was born after the Ansett retired the type so they weren't really a feature of Australian skies apart from Ozjet's short existence. I do remember the old 737-200s Merpati Nusantara used to fly into DRW during the 90s.
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:57 pm

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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:56 pm

737-200adv is my favorite then I would go with the NG

The airport that I live next to has the -400's operate daily but I am not the biggest fan of them.

I would say the MAX is last after all of this mess and how Boeing handled it
 
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Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:52 am

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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:53 am

737NG (-800 to be precise), MAX, first gen and then classic.
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:06 pm

timh4000 wrote:
Never been a fan of any of them.


+1

The original 737-200 has character, due the sound of the JT8Ds (the only engine that actually 'fits' on a 737)
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:15 pm

MAX, Original, NG, Classic. Issues aside, I absolutely love the way the MAX looks. It is a very handsome aircraft with the larger engines and double winglets and the new cockpit is amazing. I like the original because of the tiny engines and the sound of the low bypass engines. The original 737 was affectionately nicknamed FLUF (fat little ugly f**cker) and it truly is a fat, ugly little plane. But at least it has character to it. The NG is pretty bland and boring, and the classic is the worst 737 generation by far. Nothing interesting about it and combination analog/glass cockpit in the classic is a hideous hot mess.
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:16 pm

DeltaMD95 wrote:
Considering the NG is the only one without any design flaws


The -900 tail stand would like a word with you...
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:57 pm

I have a soft spot for the original -200 series. My first 737 flight was on a Bahamasair 737-200. Others I flew on were America West, Delta, United, USAir, Air South, Continental, and Aloha.
I love the JT-8 engines, the plane was easily recognizable on the ground, and in the air.

I'll never forget landing in Charleston, SC on a USAir 737-200. I was sitting about 2 rows from the rear, when the 2 women sitting in front of me started yelling "Something fell off the plane!" when the reversers were deployed. The reversing engines were so loud that I was unable to tell them it was normal. Once the reversers retracted, one of them said "I guess it was supposed to do that?"
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:08 pm

Meh, like 'em all, but I think the -600 and -700 are my favorites, they are very nice proportioned 737s and the larger tailfins make them look cooler to me. I also very much love the 737-500 since it is the most "737" like 737 to me if that makes sense...
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:29 am

bgm wrote:
timh4000 wrote:
Never been a fan of any of them.


+1

The original 737-200 has character, due the sound of the JT8Ds (the only engine that actually 'fits' on a 737)

There's truth to that I suppose. I'm not sure if it was any 200's I rode on back in the early 80's, but they looked a lot like the classic. And it was a short hauler, small plane that did some of the regional flights that they could book enough pax for. I don't remember crossing more than a few states with them. I'm sure the max is actually a safer plane than what the media is reporting and the speculation that goes on here, although I do think they might have rushed it a bit. The max especially has no character like you said. And now it's a transcontinental plane even though the 777 still flies transcontinental routes as well. I just did a transcontinental flight on a 777-200 in January with only a handful of seats empty. Was flying economy so had I been on a max in economy would there really have been much difference? I preferred the 777.... pretty impressive wing flex of it's own. Maybe a smoother ride?

I've done JFK-LAX in a A320 which is similar to today's 737. Economy for that too, takes the same amount of time. Roughly the same altitude. The 777 clicked off a few more k's in altitude but 36k to 39k isn't substantial and the 737 and A320 can hit that as their max altitude I think.
I do agree with the sound of the older engines, what looks like tiny little engines today had impressive power in their day. The 727 was my all time favorite small to midsize plane. The sound... it even felt powerful on climb out.
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:07 pm

In order of favorite to least favorite;

Classic, Original, NG, any other aircraft, MAX.
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:15 pm

As I said a few times around here, I don't like the 737s at all. Noisy, uncomfortable little thing with dreams of grandeur. If I have to choose one, I'd go for the 737-200s Adv, an easy ride considering the number of passengers/size of galleys/ number of lavs ; the other series belong to my personal black list, I don't like to fly them either as FA or passenger.
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:37 pm

Having flown on the 737-200 Adv, 737-300, 737-400, 737-500, 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900ER.
I have to say that the Air Baltic 737-500 was the least pleasant experience and the Southwest 737-700 was the best experience.
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:42 pm

The 732 is my favorite. Complete with the HF antenna, the thing just looks like you could set it down anywhere.
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:40 am

masgniw wrote:
DeltaMD95 wrote:
Considering the NG is the only one without any design flaws


The -900 tail stand would like a word with you...


That pig can go back and play in the mud...
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:32 am

Of all the ones I've flown on...
737-200 and 200Advs rock! The reversers... the flight controls are also just... RIGHT!
Then I'd go with the NGs, the classics I like the least...
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:09 am

The later 737-700s with no eyebrows and fitted with winglets and the MAX 7 are my favourite because unlike the longer versions they don’t have a tail skid and look more cleaner as a result. I also really like the look of the 737 AEW&C.

That being said, the MAX has been permanently tainted.
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:11 pm

masgniw wrote:
DeltaMD95 wrote:
Considering the NG is the only one without any design flaws


The -900 tail stand would like a word with you...


And how about them rudder issues?
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Sun May 26, 2019 2:28 pm

sorry i'm not a aviation geek like most on here ,but i love the site ,you guy's put to much info into most threads ,i remember flying from Gatwick down to Banjul in the Gambia for a holiday in October 1984 ,i flew a Britannia 737 which had to stop in Tenerife to refuel both ways anyone tell me what series it would of been ?
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Sun May 26, 2019 6:48 pm

I have a soft spot for the classic series (300, 400, 500) for some reason.
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Mon May 27, 2019 10:19 am

fallap wrote:
I have a soft spot for the classic series (300, 400, 500) for some reason.


Forever etched in my mind are the sounds of the engines howling (if you're sat behind them) as they spool up, and then the frail-sounding flaps creaking as you come in to land, and the brakes that sound like they're worn out.

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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Mon May 27, 2019 10:27 am

Generally dislike the 737 so I'll say the ones I haven't flown are my favourites: -500 & -600 (and Max)
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Tue May 28, 2019 6:53 pm

Might be biased but the NGs were truly fantastic to fly, loved that plane, though my back didn't, anyone who's been in a 737 cockpit knows what I'm talking about.
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Tue May 28, 2019 10:17 pm

triple3driver wrote:
Might be biased but the NGs were truly fantastic to fly, loved that plane, though my back didn't, anyone who's been in a 737 cockpit knows what I'm talking about.


I agree. The NGs are the best.

I’m still a bit too young to fly aircraft but I have been in a 737-800 Sim and the seat isn’t all that great...
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Wed May 29, 2019 12:30 am

I'd say the 500 with winglets and eyebrow windows is my favorite. A lot of my flights as a kid were on CO 735s IAH-SNA.

I'd say 600 next since its pretty much the 500 of the NGs, but ive never flown on one so i guess the 700 is next since it has great takeoff performance and range.

Idk what it is about stubby proportioned airplanes like the 500 and 762 with me but I really like them.
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Wed May 29, 2019 11:58 am

Flyingdevil737 wrote:
triple3driver wrote:
Might be biased but the NGs were truly fantastic to fly, loved that plane, though my back didn't, anyone who's been in a 737 cockpit knows what I'm talking about.


I agree. The NGs are the best.

I’m still a bit too young to fly aircraft but I have been in a 737-800 Sim and the seat isn’t all that great...

Really? I found the seats on the actual aircraft to be fine, but the issue that I was talking about was getting in the cockpit and trying to get to the seat to sit down, especially for someone like me who's 6'2.
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Thu May 30, 2019 2:24 am

I'd go with the 737-800, since that's the version I fly on the most by far. It has helped me turn my travel dreams into reality.
 
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Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Thu May 30, 2019 5:05 am

I actually like them in order. Jurassic, classic, NG and MAX. I was supposed to fly on a MAX a few weeks ago, but that obviously didn't happen.

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