Boeing 737s And My Home Town Airport

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The Boeing 737 first took to the skies on April 9th 1967. Little did Boeing know that 52 years later a total of 10,533 737’s would be delivered, with another 4,703 on order at the time this article was written. The Boeing 737 would become the most widely used commercial airliner in history.

Additionally, a total of 29 countries also operate Boeing 737’s in military configurations.

It comes as no surprise than that the Boeing 737 is most widely used aircraft that flies into my hometown airport, General Mitchell International Airport. Passenger and Cargo Boeing 737’s are used on scheduled routes to and from Milwaukee by Alaska, Delta, Southern Air/DHL, and Southwest Airlines.

Boeing 737’s are also utilized on Non Scheduled Charters into Milwaukee by United, Sun Country, and Swiftair. Boeing 737’s have also been utilized by Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations on scheduled charter flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. The past 2 years have seen Boeing 737-800’s operated by Travel Span and Smart Wings on behalf of Swiftair, and TUI-Fly of Belgium operating for Miami Air.

In this article we take a look at some of the more colorful and unique Boeing 737’s that have passed through General Mitchell International Airport over the past few years. Until next time, “Blue Skies To All!”

Scott Jankowski

Scott Jankowski - Franklin, Wisconsin Like so many others my love of aviation started when I was young, very young. I was only three years old when my Parents took me to my first air show here in Milwaukee, the rest you could say is “history”. I would read aviation magazines instead of Comic Books. I would prefer my Dad take me to the airport to watch airplanes instead of throwing a Football around. I grew up watching Convair 580’s, DC9’s and 727’s from the terminal here in Milwaukee, no Stage Three noise compliance back then! I started to seriously take pictures in the Mid 1980’s , for my birthday that year I finally had my first decent camera. I would head down to the airport with my pockets full of Kodak Film and take pictures of anything and everything. It did not matter if it was a Air Wisconsin Dash-7 or a 128TH ARW KC-135E if it had an engine I took a picture of it. I would drop those rolls off to be developed and three days later tear into the envelopes to see the results, which to be honest were not that good but there were a few keepers every once and a while. Fast forwarding to today with much better equipment and skills I spend as much time as I can at both General Mitchell International and Chicago O’Hare which are my Hometown Airports. While times and aircraft have changed the excitement is still as great as it was back all of those years ago. It makes no difference if it is 737, P-51, F-16, or Lear 35 I will not pass on any photo opportunity as you may not get that chance again. Even though my primary focus is on Commercial Aviation I still frequent as many Air shows as I can in the short Summer Season. I am fortunate enough to have EAA Air Venture in my backyard only being only an Hour and Half from my home. I routinely attend Air shows here in Milwaukee, Rockford, Chicago, Ypsilanti and the Quad Cities. I am very fortunate to be part of the Photorecon.Net and PHX Spotters Team and am looking forward to bringing everyone some Air show and Airliner action from the Midwest Region!

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