This creation is based upon a real airliner - Boeing 737-300 series aircraft. The most successful airliner type of The Boeing Commercial Aircraft company produced so far.
This is a Classic 737-300 version equipped with winglets. This kind of enhancement particularly saves fuel, improves the plane stability and generally increases the residual value of the plane.
Main features of the model:
- accurate scale wingspan and fuselage length
- wingtip vortex management system - the retrofit winglets packet produced by The Aviation Partners Boeing
- realistic horizontal stabilizer dihedral
- realistic brick-built airline logo on the tail
- oval CFM-56 engines with detailed fans and nozzles
- fully retractable nose and main landing gear
- working fowler flaps and leading edge slats (just pull the lever on the bottom)
- openable fuel stack panel in the wing + display interface
- PITOT probes, UHF/VHF antennas
- cockpit "eyebrows" /roof windows/
- detailed APU exhaust
- working exterior / interior lighting - I used an original LEGO battery box (hidden in the fuselage, easily accessible through the door in the frontal part via panoramatic opening) This special feature includes red and green nav lights, 3x white tail lights, landing lights and an anticollision beacon as well as the interior section which glows faintly in the dark.
- The Air Plus Comet livery is optional. With all respect to the former company logo as well as The Boeing 737 logo, Boeing Commercial Aircraft desing, details and markings and Aviation Partners Boeing winglets, I have built this model for non-commercial purposes only, using the details to add a touch of realism to my airplane.
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To the real aircraft:
The 737-300 is the first of the three member second generation CFM56 powered 737 family, which also comprises the stretched 737-400 and shortened 737-500. The success of the second generation Boeing 737 family pushed sales of the mark to over 3000, a record for a commercial jetliner. Boeing announced it was developing the 737-300 in March 1981. This new variant started off as a simple stretch over the 737-200 but Boeing decided to adopt the CFM International CFM56 high bypass turbofan (jointly developed by General Electric and SNECMA) to reduce fuel consumption and comply with the then proposed International Civil Aviation Organisation Stage 3 noise limits. Despite the all new engines and the 2.64m (104in) fuselage stretch, the 737-300 retains 80% airframe spares commonality and shares the same ground handling equipment with the 737-200. A number of aerodynamic improvements were incorporated to further improve efficiency including modified leading edge slats and a new dorsal fin extending from the tail. Another feature was the flattened, oval shaped engine nacelles, while the nosewheel leg was extended to increase ground clearance for the new engines. Other internal changes include materials and systems improvements first developed for the 757 and 767 programs, including an early generation EFIS flightdeck (with four colour CRT screens). The 737-300 flew for the first time on February 24 1984, while first deliveries were from November 1984. Since that time well over 1000 737-300s have been sold and it forms the backbone of many airlines' short haul fleets. The stretched 737-400 and shortened 737-500 are described separately.