Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About the Boeing 757

Earlier this month, the 757 celebrated 37 years since Boeing began production of the widely used jet. Aviation Squad celebrated the event by sharing 9 things you probably didn’t know about the workhorse. The top three are below and you can check out the full 9 over at Aviation Squad.

  1. Eastern Air Lines operated the first commercial 757 flight on 1/1/83 on an Atlanta (ATL) to Tampa (TPA) route.
  2. After completing a short conversion course, pilots rated on the 757 are often qualified to fly the 767 and vice versa. This allows airlines to better manage pilot availability.
  3. Following several 757 wake turbulence accidents, investigators focused on the aircraft’s aft-loaded wing design. They discovered that at certain points during takeoff and landing the 757 could produce wingtip vortices that were stronger than those emanating from larger 767s and 747s.


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  1. At times the C-32 US Air Force 757 has had the designation of Air Force One when George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have used it to visit airports that couldn’t handle the larger 747 they typically used.

  2. Any aircraft carrying the president uses the call sign Air Force One. If he/she rode in a Piper Cub, that would be AF One!

    • That’s an often misunderstood idea. If the president flew in an Air Force Piper Cub, it would be Call’s Air Force One. If it is a Marine aircraft, it’s called Marine One (as his helicopter is called). If it’s a private aircraft, it would be called Executive One, but this is nearly theoretical, since the Secret Service would all but exclude the idea of a sitting president flying without the defenses found on the presidential fleet.

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