Boeing launched the 737 with an order from Lufthansa in February 1965 and delivered the first aircraft to Lufthansa 43 years ago, almost to the day, in December 1967. Right, that’s less than 3 years. After more than 6,000 orders, the aircraft is still in production. To put this in perspective, forty-three years before that first delivery, that would have been December 1924, Luck Lindy had soloed the previous year and was still more than 2 1/2 years from his epochal flight. Think Jennies and barn stormers.
As my good friend, George Hamlin put it, that’s amazing! In his column for Air Transport World, he mentions that the 737′s record is matched on the civilian side by one other airplane, also a Boeing product.
As you’re reading George’s article, ask yourself why this happened: Do OODA loops not apply to the realm of commercial aviation?