Boeing 737’s First Flight
The two and a half hour flight on 9 April 1967 from Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle to Paine Field (KPAE) in Everett, Washington marks the maiden flight of the first ever Boeing 737.
After more than 1,300 hours of flight-testing by a six-airplane fleet, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certified the Boeing 737 as logical short- range jetliner airplane. The first 737-100 was delivered to Lufthansa (Deutsche Lufthansa AG), which began commercial service on February 10, 1968. The Boeing 737 series is the best-selling jet airliner in the history of aviation, continuously manufactured by Boeing since 1967 with 7,865 aircraft delivered and 3,680 orders yet to be fulfilled as of December 2013.