The Boeing 757 is a narrowbody aircraft that was produced in Seattle by Boeing. Designed as a modern replacement for the very popular Boeing 727, it first flew on 19 February 1982. Typically it seated around 200 passengers in a six abreast cabin.
Powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce RB211-535C or Pratt & Whitney PW2000 engines, it could fly up to 7,250 kilometres. The launch customers were Eastern Airlines, starting with Atlanta to Tampa on 1 January 1983, and British Airways, who commenced services from London to Belfast on 9 February the same year.
Boeing 757 Video
Following on from the last video about the Handley Page Hermes, this time we head across the Atlantic for a look at the Boeing 757. This is produced by Skyships Eng and runs for just under 15 minutes.
The aircraft was developed in conjunction with the 767, and both have virtually the same cockpit layout. Originally designed for short routes, eventually it became ETOPS certified for overwater flights. This was a gamechanger and resulted in transatlantic and long distance use of the plane.
Lightly loaded 757s were renowned for their particularly sprightly take-off performance due to the powerful engines fitted. A stretched 757-300 entered service with Condor in 1999, but it did not sell well and the original version remained the most popular.
Over in the Soviet Union, a look-alike was produced, called the Tupolev Tu-204. While newer than the Boeing, it was not as technologically advanced or as popular.
A Vintage News Report
The next video runs for around two minutes and dates from 1983. The first aircraft had arrived in Europe for British Airways and this segment from a television programme tells you all about it.
Not only do you see the aircraft outside, they also do a lot from inside the cabin. The interior design is very on trend for the time but certainly nothing you’d see today. It’s a great report and shows you how it was at the time.
There were 1,050 Boeing 757 aircraft produced, with the final ones rolling off the production line in 2004. Many are still in service today and there is a good chance you have flown on board one, especially if you live in the United States.
A direct replacement does not exist, with the closest being the Airbus A321LR, which perhaps accounts for that aircraft’s popularity. It is a shame Boeing has nothing in that space, but perhaps one day.
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Featured image by Danny Grew via AirHistory.net.