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.
- Eastern Air Lines operated the first commercial 757 flight on 1/1/83 on an Atlanta (ATL) to Tampa (TPA) route.
- 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.
- 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.