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9 Things You Didn't Know About The Boeing 757

37 years ago today, Boeing began production of the 757, one of the most widely flown airliners in the skies. Here are a few things you might not have known about this awesome plane...

1) Eastern Air Lines operated the first commercial 757 flight on January 1, 1983, on an Atlanta to Tampa route.


2) After completing a short conversion course, pilots rated on the 757 are often qualified to fly the 767 and vice versa, allowing airlines to better manage pilot availability.


3) Investigators, following several 757 wake turbulence accidents, focused on the aircraft's aft-loaded wing design. They discovered that at certain points during takeoff or landing, the 757 could produce wingtip vortices that were stronger than those emanating from larger 767s and 747s.


4) Because of this, the 757 became the only sub 300,000 pound airliner to be classified as a "heavy" jet, alongside wide-body aircraft, under FAA separation rules.


5) Delta Air Lines flies a 757-200 on the world's longest regularly scheduled Boeing 757 route. At 4,131 miles and nearly 9 hours from Pisa, Italy to New York's JFK Airport, the 757 can handle some pretty long hauls.


6) Each wing features a supercritical cross-section and is equipped with five-panel leading edge slats, single- and double-slotted flaps, an outboard aileron, and six spoilers. The wings are largely identical across all 757 variants, swept at 25 degrees, and optimized for a cruising speed of Mach 0.8 (533 mph or 858 km/h).

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7) Dubbed by pilots the "flying pencil," the 757-300 is the longest narrow-body twinjet ever produced at nearly 179 feet.


8) Production of the 757 ended on October 28, 2004, after 1,050 had been built for 54 customers. The 757-200 was by far the most popular model, with 913 built.

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9) Today, Boeing is working on a replacement for the "middle of the market" 757, but details remain a mystery for now.


Have you flown on a 757 before? Tell us what you thought!

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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