Boeing, the American aerospace and defense conglomerate, has built up a truly enviable line-up of aircraft models over the years. Further, while the commercial aircraft are more widely known, the company is adept at producing flying machines meant for non-commercial purposes such as defense and space exploration as well. In this article, we take a peek at some of the various Boeing aircraft models.
Military and other non-commercial models from Boeing – In the military space, Boeing has had some illustrious aircraft models adorning its lineup. Take for instance, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, first flown in April 1938 until its retirement with the Brazilian Air Force in 1968. It is a well known fact that the B-17 was responsible for dropping 640,000 tons of bombs on Germany during World War II, the most by any U.S. aircraft right through the war. The Boeing F-15 Eagle, known as the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle till McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing in 1997, is a fighter jet par excellence, first introduced back in 1972 and still used by the US and other Air Force services from around the world. The exemplary services offered by the fighter jet have led to prophecies that the plane will continue to remain in usage till at least 2025. Other defense jets from the Boeing stable worthy of being mentioned include the E-3 Sentry surveillance aircraft, the KC-135 Stratotanker, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor as well as the unmanned X-45. Special mention also needs to be made of the various space launch and exploration vehicles from Boeing such as the Delta series of rockets as well as the Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite.
Commercial Boeing aircraft maintence Models – The commercial space is of course very well entrenched by Boeing. Our focus here would be on the 7-series of commercial aircraft that Boeing has had on offer.
Boeing 737- Unarguably the most common commercial aircraft operations in the world, the Boeing 737 has been in operation since 1967. Till date, more than 6,600 Boeing 737s have been delivered to airlines across the world. Statistics confirm that there are as many as 1,250 Boeing 737s airborne at any given moment, with one of them either departing or landing every five seconds.
Boeing 747- The Boeing 747 is perhaps the most easily recognized commercial airplane known to mankind till date. Further, for a span of 37 years – from 1970 to 2007, the aerospace operations held the distinguished record of having transported the maximum number of passengers, more than any other airplane, till the A380 super-jumbo from Airbus came into the fray.
Boeing 767- The Boeing 767 has seen maximal usage for transatlantic flights, more than any other commercial airplane. Known for its wide body and twin-jet design, the Boeing 767 is well equipped for long haul flights, and currently has over 850 767s in operation across various airlines around the world.
Boeing 777- The “Triple Seven” as the Boeing 777 is often referred to, is another of Boeing’s twin engine, wide body aircraft. Known for its fuel efficiency, the 777 holds the record for flying nonstop more than half way round the world, without refueling.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ new airplane is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a super-efficient airplane.
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