737 flashback

As we marked the delivery of the 7,370th 737 earlier this week, it got me thinking about the very first 737 and what an incredible ride it has been since then.

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The 7,370th 737 was delivered to Lion Air this week.

The Next-Generation 737 gets better and better as we continue to improve the airplane and create value for our customers. Aerodynamic and engine performance improvements have reduced fuel burn, and the new Boeing Sky Interior gives passengers more comfort once they get inside. And believe me—we won’t stop there.

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The Boeing Sky Interior.

With the help of Mike Lombardi in the Boeing Archives, here’s a great photo gallery flashback to celebrate the 737’s past, present and future. Enjoy!

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The first ever 737 being assembled at Plant 2 in Seattle in 1966.

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The first 737 rolling out of Plant 2 in Seattle.

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First flight crew Brien Wygle and Lew Wallick.

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Boeing President William Allen greets the 737 at Paine Field in Everett at the conclusion of its successful first flight - April 9, 1967.

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The first delivery of a 737 was made to launch customer Lufthansa on Dec. 28, 1967. The signs reads “Happy New Year.”

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The first 737 built in Renton, a 737-200 destined for Indian Airlines, rolled out on November 17, 1970.

Comments (14)

Thomas V. Horstmann, Jr. (Portland, OR):

What an amazing aircraft! But what I like best is the plant photo with the 727's in the background. They remain one of my FAV planes, EVER...

But fast forwarding to the present; the 737's are amazing aircraft. I can't wait to fly on one with the Boeing Sky Interior.

James Baloun (Palo Alto, California):

Wow, the 1966 engineers would be blown away by the lean and efficient moving line that has evolved over the past 10 years. Also in the 1960s there were entire airframe production runs that did not exceed 200 and it looks like nothing will stop the 737 from flying by 10,000. These production numbers are starting to sound like altitude readings.

This gives me an idea. Kind of a Boeing All-Star team. Just like the baseball managers and teams, what if the Boeing production managers and production teams picked the best assemblers and formed a Boeing All-Star team once a year. Then choose a 737 and see how fast they can built it. Of course all the processes and inspections would apply. I am sure the teams would come up with some creative methods to set a new record and beat last-years team.

Mark Hamilton (Seattle, WA):

To make the story complete...there should be a photo [or two] of the Final Assembly lines in the Thompson Site...does anybody beside me remember that? :-)

V V (Montréal, Québec):

It is incredible how the nose section has remained almost the same since the very beginning.

Will MAX have a sexier and aerodynamically more efficient nose section?

James (Honolulu):

As a multiple-time passenger aboard Aloha Airlines 737s congrats to Boeing for the 7370th 737 --say that three times fast.

Markus (Vienna):

Nice Pics!
but just a question: Is this a window on the 737 NG (sky interior)? But it looks very good!

Ciro Rommel Madrid (New York, N.Y.):

Great Pictures, enjoy watching Boeing making history., Great Airplanes., to me; the Best

Farzan (Montreal):

What a journey- great aircraft!

Josh (keller texas):

Congrats boeing!!!! , love flying on the 737s , my favorite airplane ever built!!

Neil Bachew (Trinidad and Tobago.):

A timeless work of art.BOEING...737.The acme of aeronautical engineering.

Mukesh kumar (Karachi , Sindh , Pakistan):

737's a nice Aircraft

RICHARD CAMPBELL (Nassau ,Np,,Bahamas):

TO REACH THAT NUMBER OF DELEVERY IS JUST SIMPLY MIND BLOWING.THE 737 IS JUST A BEAUTIFULL AIRCRAFT THAT AS MORE THE PROVE IT VALUE.SO FAR BOEING AS BUILD THREE HISTORY MAKING AIRCRAFT THAT IS STILL BEING MADE TO DAY EVEN BETTER.737/777/747.WOW!

Norman (Long Beach CA):

You can really tell how the 737 has grown in length, tail height and wingspan through the years. Look at the differences between the 737-100 and the 737-900ER. The 737-900 has a longer main fuselage than the 727-200 and carries more people. Only the 727-200s long empennage makes the 737-900 slightly shorter than it's predecessor but it has more fuel efficient, it is lighter and a lot quieter.

David Connaughton (Jakarta):

I was just looking up the 7370th 737 ever made as i flew it last Thursday, im a new first officer from Ireland and flying for Lionair and boy she flys good! ;-) was an honor to fly it.

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