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Boeing delivers 5,000th 737
Wichita Business Journal via Yahoo! ^ | 2/13/06 | Wichita Business Journal

Posted on 02/13/2006 1:52:25 PM PST by conservative in nyc

On April 9, 1967, the Boeing Co. delivered its first 737.

Monday, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV - News) took possession of the 5,000th 737.

The "Baby Boeing" as it was called during its development has become the most produced large commercial jet.

"The 737 is an icon of efficiency in air travel and one of commercial aviation's greatest success stories," says Alan Mullaly, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, in a statement.

The jet, a 737-700, is the 447th 737 to join Southwest's fleet. The low-cost airline is scheduled to take delivery on 33 more of the twin-engine jets in 2006.

There are more than 4,100 737s in service with 541 operators worldwide.

Boeing (NYSE: BA - News) has been studying a replacement for the 737 that could be ready around 2012 to 2015. Currently, the 737s main competitor is the Airbus A320 family that has won at least 50 percent of the market.

The company has modified 737s for use as business jets and military versions are being developed as an airborne early warning and control for Australia and as a submarine hunter for the U.S. Navy.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. builds 75 percent of the 737 airframe on a Wichita production line that Boeing started while it owned commercial airplane manufacturing facilities in Wichita.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 737; airbus; boeing; wichita
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1 posted on 02/13/2006 1:52:26 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: Paleo Conservative

Ping!


2 posted on 02/13/2006 1:52:48 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

And I don't even own one. The injustice!


3 posted on 02/13/2006 1:53:20 PM PST by SIDENET ("IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!")
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To: conservative in nyc

Boeing Bump


4 posted on 02/13/2006 2:05:04 PM PST by hattend (Muslims are the only people who make feminists seem laid-back. - Ann Coulter)
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To: conservative in nyc

I dunno, love Boeing and all that, but flying Coach in a 737 is like being crammed into a shoe box. The plane just ain't right for three rows of seats, no sir, not one bit.


5 posted on 02/13/2006 2:05:28 PM PST by FlipWilson
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To: conservative in nyc; COEXERJ145; microgood; liberallarry; cmsgop; shaggy eel; RayChuang88; ...

If you want on or off my aerospace ping list, please contact me by Freep mail.

6 posted on 02/13/2006 2:07:37 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: conservative in nyc
There are more than 4,100 737s in service

So.... what happened to the other 800+ ???

8 posted on 02/13/2006 2:15:48 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
>what happened to the other 800+ ???

Some of them got to retire.

D'oh!

9 posted on 02/13/2006 2:24:20 PM PST by orionblamblam (A furore Normannorum libra nos, Domine)
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To: Izzy Dunne
So.... what happened to the other 800+ ???

The first 737s are almost 40 years old. Some older models have been scrapped; others are in storage; a few crashed.

The first plane off the line is in the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, Seattle. It is currently owned by NASA. You can learn more about it (and see some pictures) here.
10 posted on 02/13/2006 2:27:20 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc
The 737 turned out to be a fairly decent plane once they lengthened it out and fixed some of the systems. The first ones had lousy aerodynamics and a lot of their systems were terribly designed. (Lots of foreign engineers on that one. Ahem!)

One thing I always marveled at was the brake metering valve which used one hydraulic system for the outboard and the other system for the inboard brakes. They were tied together with a yoke so that they were inherently unstable, causing the main gear to go into shimmy oscillations.

I hope that design got fixed in later models.

11 posted on 02/13/2006 2:45:15 PM PST by nightdriver
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Check down this page for a picture of "5 grand", the 5000th Boeing B-17 signed by all the factory workers.

They built those 5000 in what, 3 years? Of course the Fortress was a wee bit simpler than the '37.

12 posted on 02/13/2006 2:56:03 PM PST by narby (Hillary! The Wicked Witch of the Left)
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To: conservative in nyc

just flew an old 733 last week from West Palm Beach....packed like sardines....


13 posted on 02/13/2006 3:03:19 PM PST by Sub-Driver (Unelect All NJ Politicians....)
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To: narby
Of course the Fortress was a wee bit simpler than the '37.

I don't know about that. The engines were certainly more complex on a B-17.

14 posted on 02/13/2006 3:08:27 PM PST by PAR35
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To: conservative in nyc

My airline is getting rid of all the ones they have. Old -300's.

Buying A320/A319, and Emb 170/190.

Gonna keep the 767's for a bit, but the A350 will replace those.


15 posted on 02/13/2006 3:14:42 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Women hold grudges, guys hold keggers.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

All of the -100's are history, we flew the last one in the US, retired it 12/31/99.

Now, all the 200's are gone from US carriers (except Alaska I think still has their combi's, and maybe a few at Aloha). There were thousands of -200's flying, most got scrapped, lots are in other countries.

The 300/400/500 aren't in production anymore, and the 600 doesn't sell much, most that get built are the long range 700, the bigger 800, and the 900 which is almost as big as a 757.


16 posted on 02/13/2006 3:17:16 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Women hold grudges, guys hold keggers.)
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To: Central Scrutiniser
Now, all the 200's are gone from US carriers (except Alaska I think still has their combi's, and maybe a few at Aloha). There were thousands of -200's flying, most got scrapped, lots are in other countries.

Delta also has some 737-200s. Alaska is retiring their combis soon.
17 posted on 02/13/2006 3:33:04 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

Those are old Western birds.

The oooooooonly way to fly.


18 posted on 02/13/2006 4:39:49 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Women hold grudges, guys hold keggers.)
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To: Central Scrutiniser

What airline is that? Just curious. Alaska is going with an all Boeing fleet.


19 posted on 02/13/2006 4:53:06 PM PST by phantomworker (If you're not confused, you're not paying attention.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
"Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV - News) took possession of the 5,000th 737." Looks like it's floating on a sea of employees. ;)
20 posted on 02/13/2006 4:58:50 PM PST by phantomworker (If you're not confused, you're not paying attention.)
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