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The first Boeing 737 made it’s maiden flight (1967)

The first Boeing 737 made it's maiden flight (1967)

The maiden flight of the 737 was on 9 April 1967, just two years after the launch of the project. In command was Boeing’s assistant Director of Flight Operations, Brien Wygle and the Chief Test Pilot, Lew Wallick was co-pilot. The official story is that the two and a half hour flight from Boeing Field to Paine Field was uneventful and Wygle even radioed down during the flight to say “I hate to quit, the airplane is a delight to fly.”

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