Here’s a news item that shows just how much Boeing’s ubiquitous 737, the world’s best-selling jetliner, has evolved since it first entered commercial service 44 years ago.
A VIP version of Boeing’s 737-700 just set a new speed record for a Los Angeles-to- Auckland, New Zealand flight accomplished this weekend.
The jet flew the 6,506 miles between the two cities non-stop in 13 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds. That’s an average speed of some 495 miles an hour.
Perhaps more significant than the speed was the distance. When Boeing first designed the twin-engine plane in the ’60s, it was …