47 is celebrating the first flight of a Boeing 737 aircraft (video)
On April 9 1967, the first Boeing 737 would break off the ground to operate the first flight in history. With pilots Brian Wygle and Lew Wallick at the helm, the aircraft took off from Boeing Field, Seattle and flew approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, then landed at Paine Field, Everett, Washington.
The Boeing 737 was designed for short-range flights and came to complement the 707 and 727. 737 was certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration in December 1967, after approximately 1300 flight test hours operated by a fleet of six aircraft.
For the first time, the certification included approval for automatic approach in bad weather - Category II - 100 ceiling and 1200 visibility meters.
The first Boeing 737-100 was delivered to Lufthansa, the first non-US air carrier to operate this type of aircraft. The aircraft was received on 28 December 1967, and the first commercial flight operated on 10 February 1968. During the 1967 - 1969 period only 30 units were delivered, and the last one delivered was the first product, reaching the NASA fleet for testing and training.
Currently, the first Boeing 737-100 (N515NA) (MSN: 19437) is on display at The Museum of Flight, Seattle - Boeing Field / King County International (BFI / KBFI).
Boeing has developed the 737 series, thus reaching the most commanded aircraft in civil aviation history. At the end of March 2014, Boeing 737 had total orders for 11774 units, being delivered 7980, and 3794 being in command. The Boeing 737 family consists of the models: Original (-100, -200, -200C), Classic (-300, -400, -500), Next Generation (-600, -700, -800, -900 and -900ER) and Boeing Business Jet.