Nice pilot perspective on flying the old 737-200…
I love everything about the 200, what a wonderful aircraft.
There is something to be said for those old steam gauge aircraft. We had a steam gauge King Air for about 10 years or so at my work and I loved that thing. It had a big old “Space Shuttle” ADI that was a joy to fly with when shooting instrument approaches. No FMS, just a little Trimble 2000 for enroute stuff…but that was a fun plane.
I missed flying the -100 and -200’s by a few years. But I did fly the -300 which had all-steam-gauges but also dual INS and FMS making RNAV and VNAV possible, if not a bit imprecise. He is right. The old ones were much easier to fly than the NG’s (which is still pretty easy).
That was a really good read. Would be great to hear a similar perspective from a 3 holer crew member as well, especially how the 100 compared to the 200 series. I bet that the B721 was a fun aircraft to fly.
Everybody loved the 727. I’ve spent many hours in the jumpseat. Flying-wise, it seems similar to a 737-800.
The 727 was/is a great aircraft also. The 100 series when equipped with nose-wheel brakes could do amazing things. If needed it could reach FL410. The 200 series had more creature comforts. They were both fun to fly and could take a lot of punishment. They were noisy inside compared to the MD-80 or the 757-767. Regretfully, never flew the 737. Loved the old gauges, but the new ones almost make you lazy.