February 9

As we look back on Boeing’s first 100 years during our Centennial celebration, one date really stands out: February 9.

That’s the date three different Boeing airplanes took their first flight: the 727, the 747 and the Next-Generation 737.

No, we don’t deliberately fly airplanes for the first time in the middle of winter. But we sure do love to see them brighten the skies when Seattle weather is the gloomiest.


First flight of the 727: Feb. 9, 1963


First flight of the 747: Feb. 9,1969


First flight of the Next-Generation 737, a 737-700: Feb. 9, 1997

Comments (4)

Henry Tan (Singapore):

That's awesome. Three legends of the skies sharing the same "Initiation Day".
Btw, have a good show in Singapore. Hopefully, I will get to meet you in the flesh in a few days' time. Been following this blog for the past eleven years.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

Congratulations on 100 great years of business, aircraft, ingenuity, and ushering the jet age nearly 60 years ago for the common traveler. Well done!

Stu (Durban,South Africa):

Having turned 60 on the 10th Feb 2016, sadly I have never had the opportunity to fly on The Queen Of The Sky.

Long live the Boeing 747.


Eric (Ballwin, Mo):

Maybe you should have had the first flight of the the 737 MAX on the 9th to keep this great tradition going?

Ps. The 727 will always be my favorite. It is truly a special bird, and not completely irrelevant even today.

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