Boeing Test Pilot Brien Wygle, Who Commanded The Original 737 First Flight In 1967, Has Died, Aged 96
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September 18, 2020 - by Dominic Gates for www.seattletimes.com
The first flight of Boeing's original 737 took place 50 years ago on April 9, 2017, and Seattle's Museum of Flight will mark the anniversary with a celebration that's open to the public for the price of admission.
The occasion comes just weeks before the first delivery of the newest version of that jet, the Boeing 737 MAX.
Brien Wygle, the pilot who commanded that first flight on April 9, 1967, and who two years later was co-pilot on the first flight of the 747 jumbo jet, will participate in a panel discussion at noon in the museum theater.
"Fifty years ago we had no idea," Wygle, 92, said in an interview this week. "We were hoping to eventually sell enough to break even."
As it turned out, the longevity and success of the 737 proved astounding. Boeing as of last month had delivered 9,448 of the single-aisle twinjets, with 4,506 more still on order.
And with the delivery of the first MAX coming soon, Boeing plans to...
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