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Old 04-18-2020, 10:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default B 737 History with Lufthansa

Total of the type with Lufthansa: 155, consisting of all series beginning with the -100 and ending with the -500. They even considered the MAX for a bit before continuing with the A320 family. First revenue flight was the B 737-100 on 10 Feb. 1968, last revenue flight B 737-300 on 31 Oct. 2016. Pictured are:

JC4DLH803/XX4802 Lufthansa B 737-230A D-ABMC “Norderstedt’
GJDLH1326 Lufthansa B737-300 D-ABEE ‘Ulm’
GJDLH1327 Lufthansa B 737-500 D-ABIR 'Anklam'

I had all series and liveries including a Herpa B 737-400, but it was one of the least accurate models in my collection, and it got ‘broken up’, and tossed in the trash. Keep ‘em flying, Doug
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I do like the 200 series. The B737-200 is one of my favourite airframes.
Great photos of them.
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I like the formation flight pic.
The -200 in Lufthansa's previous colors is the best looking 737 imo.
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Absolutely...if it wasn't for this enormous nose gear wheel.
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Absolutely...if it wasn't for this enormous nose gear wheel.
OK, OK - nose wheel oversized, but look closely at those two GJ nose gear wheels - rubber tags all over the place and they look as if they blew out on takekoff - better sized, tho. Doug
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My favorite is D-ABEA in the 1960s color scheme, before the all blue tail was added.
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The 737 (100 and 200) was unkindly referred to as "the pig" by Manchester enthusiasts back in the 70s and 80s.

i.e "There's a Lufty pig on approach".

I don't know why but they weren't widely liked back then.

I guess some of the later, longer models were more slender and sleek.
Either way, the 737 is surely the best-selling jet airliner in history.
So it matters not if it's not a particularly good looker, does it.
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Welcome back Andrew - we missed ya, and glad you made it through. Doug Seeley
I believe this is the model of the airplane you mentioned (one of my first acquisitions after I joined the hobby and DA.C), and in the following post Jan details the brief life of the the livery pictured, and note the 'experimental' notation just behind the rear pax door.
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Thank You Doug, for another Lufthansa related article.

The LH 737-200 D-ABFA from Aeroclassics is really phantastic! It has well proportions and a polished belly.

As far as I know the 737-100 in the 1960s color scheme never flew in LH service, only the time before during flight tests at Boeing.
In this livery the D-ABEA had also the short engines that brought up problems with the reverse thrust.

I agree with You about Herpas 737-400, but to me they are ok.
Herpa released two versions of this model. On the later version, the walkway markings on the wings are thinner and the cockpit windows are a little bit better.

What I know about the 400-version at LH is, that
Lufthansa had seven planes of this type in total and they also had them only for a short time, as far as I know this was also because of the alternative to buy airbus A320s.

The LH staff called their 737s "Bobby".

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Wrap this up with early editions of Lufthansa's 737s - bottom left to upper right:

SOVDLH004 Lufthansa B737-130 D-ABEA 'Coburg City Jet 737' (Pre-delivery colors).
ACDLH0217A Lufthansa B 737-230 D-ABFA ‘Regensburg City Jet 737’.
SOVLUF12 Lufthansa B737-130 D-ABEG 'Offenbach City Jet 737'.

Farewell, Fat Albert, Pig, and Bobby, Doug

In the second added image, the belly-buttons have been airbrushed out.... Doug






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The -100 & 200 always reminded me of the Me 262 with their similar engine appearance and placement.
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The -100 & 200 always reminded me of the Me 262 with their similar engine appearance and placement.
Appearance-wise I get it, functionally, I equate the B 737-100 with the A318. Doug

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I love those Lufty 737s. Both schemes. Only got the one.
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