February 19th in Aviation History

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February, it seems, is a busy month for Boeing. With the first flights of the Boeing 747, 737NG and the 727, we also have the first flight of the Boeing 757.

The Boeing 757 first flew on the 19th of February, 1982. The 757 is a mid-sized, narrow body, short to medium range jetliner. It is equipped with two turbofan engines. The 757 is Boeing’s largest single aisle aircraft.

It features a glass cockpit, and engines with characteristics to make the 757 able to take off from short runways. In a typical configuration, the 757 can carry between 200 to 295 passengers. It has a range of between 5830 km and 7590 km depending on passengers and cargo.

The 757 remains in service today with mostly US carriers and some European companies.

The 757 was produced from 1981 to 2004. More than a thousand units have been built.

READ MORE: Introduction of the Boeing 747

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