Something wonderful was happening in the
aviation world of 1965 - 1968. A new airplane was being designed
and built, an elegantly simple and clean looking machine that would
change the Company that built her, the airlines that operated her, the
people that flew her, and in her, and the communities she served.
She was the Boeing 737, a small twin-engine jetliner, that kept getting
better, longer, bigger, heavier, and longer- ranged, until today she
has become the
most popular airliner ever built. More than 8000 have been built
or ordered, in more than a dozen different models, and with new orders from the U.S. Navy for a patrol
version, appears set to be built for at least another 25 - 30 years,
maybe much longer! Sixty years in production for a single airplane is a
record in anyone's books! Clearly, she has "The Right Stuff."
My life, professionally, and personally, became intertwined with this airplane
from the beginning, and still does today. PA099 - a kind of
unglamorous designation - is the first of this long line of
flying machines. I, with many others, helped to design, build,
and test her in the early days, when we both were young, and now, in
our mutual retirements, I continue to look after her today. We
are joined by our heads, our hands, and our hearts - for
airplanes are living things, or didn't you know that?
She was built by Boeing. She's owned by NASA. She's on loan
to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. But she's all mine! And
I love her. So I built this web site to share my love and
affection. I dedicate it to the fine people, living and dead, who worked so hard to create this wonderful flying machine.
This journey is divided into six parts:
The Early Years
Twenty-Five Years with NASA
Six Years at Moses Lake -- in Preparation for Her Final Flight
The Story of Her Historic Final Flight - September 21, 2003
Her new life at the Air Park of the Museum of Flight in Seattle
A Photo Album (still under construction)
There are also numerous subparts.
Don't miss them!
Enjoy the journey !
An Important Milestone - April 9, 2007
40th Anniversary of the First Flight of the 737 ! - See here
Some Important Links
Trailblazer - A
wonderful book describing all the NASA flight tests using this airplane
- available online
History of the Boeing
737 - a great potpouri
resource from the UK.
737 History Page at Boeing Website
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