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Old 04-18-2020, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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With rows and rows of aircraft being parked and some inspiration from fellow collectors (and some spare time), I thought I’d share my KLM 737 collection with you all in a small line-up.

Also this week Boeing delivered the last 2 737NG’s to a commercial customer. The last produced 737-800NG went to KLM a few months ago.

KLM occasionally started using the 737 as a leased aircraft from Transavia when it was still using the DC-9-32. The 737-200 was leased for longer periods of time between ’87 and ’95. The 737-300 actually entered the fleet a year earlier in ’86, 3 years before the DC-9’s were completely retired. The year the DC-9 was retired, KLM started using the 737-400. The classic 737’s left the fleet in 2011.

In ’99 the first NG was introduced, the 737-800. The -800 forms the majority of the 737 fleet. In ’01 the larger 737-900 entered service. Only 5 were acquired and are still in service. The smallest member, the 737-700 was introduced in ’08. It looks like this will also be the first type to completely leave the fleet. 4 examples have been replaced in 2019 with the last series -800’s being produced. KLM’s plan was to completely replace the -700 by 2022 and had originally planned to acquire the -800 for that purpose. I read a rumor that Norwegian wanted to sell some younger model -800’s to KLM. With the current pandemic, all is up in the air I guess…..

Models include a Transavia leased 737-200, a 737-300, two 737-400 of which one with “click” titles, a 737-700, two 737-800 of which one with 100 years titles and the 737-900. Hope you like the pics.
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Old 04-18-2020, 10:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice collection. Love the 732...
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Very nice!! Nice blue line up, like the new one with 100 years title on it. Hope to receive that one next week.
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Aesthetically, the -200 is the best looking 737 imo. The location of the engines has a lot to do with that as well as the shape of the tailfin.

The latest KLM livery looks very good on the 737. Better than on other types I think.
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Yes youre right on the 200, little beauty's these are
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Different liveries, different versions of the B 737, all the ingredients to make your collection
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Thank you for these pictures.

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Wonderful collection! And I agree with Maarlandair regarding the -200. I've wondered why Boeing changed the vertical stab to such an angled shape given none of their other aircraft have vertical stabs that look like it.
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Wonderful collection! And I agree with Maarlandair regarding the -200. I've wondered why Boeing changed the vertical stab to such an angled shape given none of their other aircraft have vertical stabs that look like it.
The "extension" at the front is called "dorsal fin". Its main purpose is to improve directional stability in higher side-slip situations (asymmetric flight due to engine failure, crosswind landings, etc).

The 737 Original series did not have this dorsal fin. When the newer series was introduced (737 Classic) with the new 1.6x more powerful engines, the dorsal fin was needed to cope with greater asymmetric thrust potential.
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The "extension" at the front is called "dorsal fin". Its main purpose is to improve directional stability in higher side-slip situations (asymmetric flight due to engine failure, crosswind landings, etc).

The 737 Original series did not have this dorsal fin. When the newer series was introduced (737 Classic) with the new 1.6x more powerful engines, the dorsal fin was needed to cope with greater asymmetric thrust potential.
Thanks for the explanation. I've learned something new today.
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Superb pictures of some beautiful models! Would you be able to post some extra pictures of the newly released IF 738 (new livery). I’be been waiting to see pictures of it as I have it on preorder. Thanks!
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Superb pictures of some beautiful models! Would you be able to post some extra pictures of the newly released IF 738 (new livery). I’be been waiting to see pictures of it as I have it on preorder. Thanks!
Sure, I'll add some details.
I like the well placed darkblue cheatline around the nose.

I wish there was a KLM 777 around with that feature.
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Wow, what nice pics! Very glad I ordered this one. Livery is indeed spot on! Would love to see a 777-200 in this livery! At first I found it a bit strange but now I like it better then the older livery.
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Wow it looks amazing!! Thank you for all the nice pictures. I’m very excited to get my copy when they eventually arrive in Canada
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Nice compilation...the KLM livery with the dark blue cheatline looked so much nicer than todays imo.
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Thanks guys. All the credit goes to JFox. They did a great job!
I would encourage them to make that KLM Asia Boeing 777-200 in the new colorscheme. I would buy it in a heartbeat.
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Me too, that 772 asia has to be made..
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The "extension" at the front is called "dorsal fin". Its main purpose is to improve directional stability in higher side-slip situations (asymmetric flight due to engine failure, crosswind landings, etc).

The 737 Original series did not have this dorsal fin. When the newer series was introduced (737 Classic) with the new 1.6x more powerful engines, the dorsal fin was needed to cope with greater asymmetric thrust potential.
Yep, same reason other types have this angles 'extension' on the vertical stabiliser. The ATR is another well known example. It gives greater directional stability, and the main reason for being designed like that is in case of asymmetrical flight (engine failure situations.)
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And, to continue on the dorsal fin matter: you can see it also on the Concorde! That brings me to an specific explanation of the function of the 'double sweep', as simply enlarging the vertical stabilizer and/or rudder also covers the main purpose of improving directional stability in high side-slip situations (as for the 747SP for instance).

In fact the dorsal can be seen as a kind of delta wing with high sweep that has been added ahead of the the vertical stabilizer. It will not stall when the vertical fin itself is in a stalled condition (beyond the stall angle of sideslip, the vertical fin will not be able to overcome the increasing instability of the fuselage). The high sweep will produce a vortex at high sideslip and this will help to make the lower part of the vertical stabilizer more effective and enables an increasing sideload with higher angles of sideslip. All in all it is an extra contribution to stabilize the aircraft around the yaw axis without having to enlarge the rudder and subsequent increased drag in the transonic regime.

OT: very nice collection. A few of these aircraft I flew myself! My request is a 737-800 in its first KLM livery, with blue cheat-line and no winglets.

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Nice explanation VJ, thanks. Btw didn't know that the 800's (or some 800's) were delivered in the old colors. Nice to have a model of that 800 indeed.
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didn't know that the 800's (or some 800's) were delivered in the old colors.
-800's PH-BXA through PH-BXN were delivered between feb 1999 and dec 2000.
-900's PH-BXO through PH-BXT were delivered between june 2001 and may 2004.
The livery with enlarged blue rooftop, the smaller cheat-line and (almost) white belly was rolled out from 2003. Actually, the first KLM 737 to sport the new livery was PH-BDR (a -400) in January 2003.

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PH-BXN, almost available....
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Great collection and an interesting introduction read as usual!!
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First one in the first pic is my favorite. Like the dark blue "KLM" on the vertical stabilizer!
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Great fleet and photos. Thank you
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