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      Post #39114, posted on 10-05-2011 GMT-5 hours    

      Had it not been for an unforeseen aerodynamic problem that caused a delay in the 737 program, the "parabola-flag" 737 would have entered service in 1967. By the time the Lufthansa 'bird' did arrive in Germany, it had grown a new tail!
      It was not a surprise when talks between Lufthansa and Boeing, concerning the newly announced 737 began in 1964. Lufthansa was looking for a replacement for their CV-440's and had all the current Boeing Jet A/C types in it's fleet. With Boeing finally agreeing to increase their original 50-65 seating capacity and after just losing the Eastern Airlines order to Douglas, Boeing would launch the 737 with for the 1st time, a non-US airline. In February 1965, the order for (21) 737's was made official.
      The first illustration shows that the rather bland 727 titles were planned, with the classic "parabola-flag" tail. By April, 1967, the 737 prototype was ready for it's first flight with Lufthansa's 1st (D-EBEA) nearing completion.
      The most noticeable change is the new lower case "Lufthansa" titles, which were finally adopted in late '66. The new style first appeared on timetables in 1964 but would take nearly 2 more years before entering service on the CV-440's.
      ( the new titles would also appear on some 727-130's, though they began to wear the re-painted tails starting in early '68!-unknown how many got the new titles w/original tails-Sven????)
      By June, Lufthansa's "EA" was ready for it's first flight.
      On May 13, 1967, "EA" would take-off for it's 1st flight as N2282C.
      It would be the 3rd Lufthansa 737 "EC" that would be the subject of the pre-delivery photo shoot (Top image also).
      The Lufthansa 737 would have the best of both, with updated titles and the classic "Parabola-flag" tail, just like all the others back home in Germany.
      The plan was for the first (3) 737-130's (D-ABEA, -ABEB & -ABEC) to enter servivce in late 1967 but in early flight testing, an excessive drag was being produced at high cruising speeds. A 'quick fix' of reinforcing the rear wing spar to all the (5) of the development A/C (N73700, "EA", "EB", "EC" and N9001U-the 1st -200) would delay the in service schedule.
      With their modifications completed the (5) 737's would continue their flight testing, including N2282C #2 and N2289C #4.
      The beautiful "Parabola-flag" 737 for sure would be arriving in early 1968..........not quite!
      As the new year was approaching, Lufthansa decided to 'go the whole nine yards' and update the 737's tail. The 1st advertisement for the German public would show the new look, with an 'airbrushed' tail that was actually a little different than the real thing would be!
      Best guess is that the (3) original tails were re-painted before being flown to Tuscon, Arizona, where Lufthansa had made arrangements for it's initial group of (90) pilots to complete the 737 flight training.
      On January 8, 1968, the Tuscon-based pilot training program began, keeping the new 737-130's busy with 11hr/day in the air, 40 touch-and-gos & 10 full stop landings.
      The plan was for the new "City-Jets" to initially take over the CV-440 internal German routes.
      On February 10, 1968, the first 737's began arriving at Frankfurt.
      As more of the 737's arrived, the CV-440's were begun to be sold off.
      Along with the new "City-Jets", an updated flight attendant uniform would begin appearing.
      Lufthansa's association with the 'short 737' was so strong that it's easy to forget that the airline placed an order for (4)-230C's & the only (2) QC's ever built, while the original -130's were still being delivered!
      As the 737's arrived, the 727's could now move up to Lufthansa's medium routes that the 720's had been unsuited for.
      The 737's, by late '68, would begin to be seen in such cities as Stockholm.
      It would be Lufthansa's 2nd photo shoot that would give us the most famous 737 in-flight photo!
      For about the 1st (10) years this great air-to-air image appeared just about everywhere. With all the planning involved in air-to-air photo shoots, there's always a bit of luck involved. Despite being the first and largest order for the -200, none of United's images from their photo session became as iconic as the Lufthansa -130. Although I would have preferred the "parabola-flagged" 737. Had it not been for the in-service delay, it appears that at least the (3) "Parabola-flag 737's would have made it to German soil.........John3 (Special Thanks to Sven "The PrideBird" for his rare Lufthansa 737 images and valuable information. Thanks to Flight International.com, TimetableImages.com, PlanePhotos.net, Flugzeugbilder.de, WilliamDemarest.com, Airliners.net & Aero Icarus Flickr Album. Photographers: Gunter Grondstein, Curtis Hulslander, John Heggblom & Lars Soderstrom

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      Post #39116, posted on 10-05-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi JEE3,

      Great story!
      But please allow two minor corrections:

      Lufthansa called the 727s (100+200) Europa-Jet; the 737s (100+200) were called City Jets.

      The 727-130 also got the hybrid scheme New Titels and Parabola Flag:
      see here
      http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufthansa/Boeing-727-30C/1332112/L/&sid=efd326a3f4cf09ac6293b6855ee48c74

      Thank you for setting your LS threds. I love to see these rare birds.

      All the best
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      Post #39117, posted on 10-05-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      Oli, Thanks for the corrected info! I think I have it all fixed. I had never realized that the 727-130's got the new titles. Never cared for those original 727 titles- the '68 titles with the "parabola-flag looks really GREAT!!!



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      Post #39187, posted on 10-08-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      Does *anybody* (including Lufthansa's history office) know the registration of the first LH 737 to fly revenue service? I've been on a hunt for that information for years. It was the first 737 revenue service in history, but nobody seems to know which aircraft flew it. United's first service was ORD-GRR with N9002U, but Lufthansa? D-ABE??????

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      Post #39189, posted on 10-08-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      According to the e-mail that Sven "The Pridebird" provided to me, it was D-ABED (Flensburg-close up photo near the end), delivered to LH on Feb. 2nd and flew the 1st revneue flight on Feb. 10, 1968. The 1st LH 737 D-ABEA (Coburg) was kept by Boeing for the certification program and was finally delivered on April 24th.........John

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      Post #39190, posted on 10-08-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      You should transmit that info to the LH history office. They have no clue...

      Thanks!

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      Post #39192, posted on 10-08-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi,
      THANKS for a very interseting and valuable thread in these "EE B737-100 days"!

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      Post #39196, posted on 10-09-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      I'm hoping (1) of the members will make a "parabola-flag" 737 someday!






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      Post #39223, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      Have some updated info from Sven, (2) of the (3) "parabola-flag" 737's "EB" & "EC" did in fact make it to Germany with their original tails (though both were re-painted prior to entering service). Though some publications list (2) 737QC's as being delivered to LH, all (6) were 737C's.
      The first (15) (passenger) 727-130's were delivered between 1964-66 with the 'capital' block letter style. All (11) of the 727QC's (Feb. '67-Jan. '68) were delivered in the lower case new style.

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      Post #39224, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
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      I'm hoping (1) of the members will make a "parabola-flag" 737 someday!
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      Count on me John! I want to build a B731 in LH colours, as the first operator of this amazing narrobody, and now with your (as always) great info, surely will be painted in the parabola style.

      Thanks and greetings from south of the border.

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      Post #39229, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
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      I'm hoping (1) of the members will make a "parabola-flag" 737 someday!
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      ...this is one of my next projects (...so many kits, so little time...)
      The problem: still the engines! The parabola scheme appeared - as said above - only for the ferry flights.
      And at this time "Fat Albert" had the short engine nacelles...no aftermarket available in 144 scale...kindly scratch your own!

      ATTENTION! URGENT CALL to CONTRAILS, BraZ and TwoSix: We need 144 scale early 737 engines!

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      Post #39230, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      I'll be looking forward to at least (2) LH 'Parabola-flag' 737's!


      Fernando.....Esperando 43 anos ses (1)!

      Sven........, 43 Jahre auf dieses (1) wartend!


      Thank You Babble Fish!



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      Post #39232, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      Too bad I don't do airliner decals anymore, eh?

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      Post #39234, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      Looks like it's going to have to a 'homemade' job for that one? There is BIG news on the Pacific 737 front......soon!




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      Post #39236, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
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      Too bad I don't do airliner decals anymore, eh?

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      Hi Jennings!
      Yeah, those were the days...
      Have you, by the way, checked TwoSix 144-373?
      This sheet is the answer to my prayers for the D-ABEA...
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      Post #39239, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      Nope...

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      Post #39240, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
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      Looks like it's going to have to a 'homemade' job for that one? There is BIG news on the Pacific 737 front......soon!



      Actually the crane is the same size as the circular logo that followed it, so it would be dead easy to mask and paint the blue and yellow on this.

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      Post #39241, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      I just checked up that Two six decal (144-373) and came with the two version of the crane, but sadly, the L2 door size and type is wrong. LH┤s 731 used the back door with the retractible ladder as in the Jenning┤s profile. But is easily fixable.

      Now we only need an early style engine!

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      Post #39242, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      Attention to detail

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      Post #39243, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      Btw: It is also possible to paint the whole logo like the real thing by masking, even the crane. I did that, as the LH-logo provided with the Revell 744 is wrong in shape. Furthermore the color is much better when this is painted in LH-yellow, so the dark blue doesn't affect the yellow (what it would do with a thin yellow decal causing a too dark yellow). I use very thin decal film to mask resulting in a very thin and invisible ledge. First I printed it, then cut it with a razorblade (this takes 1 day and much patience/skill) and masked the surface. I painted the tail fin yellow first, then masked, after that I painted the LH-blue. Removing the masking film when the paint isn't completely dry is a good procedure to get accurate and sharp ledges. But the photo doesn't look as good as in reality, somehow the color looks different due to my camera.


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      Post #39245, posted on 10-10-2011 GMT-5 hours    
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      ... LH┤s 731 used the back door with the retractible ladder as in the Jenning┤s profile. But is easily fixable.

      Now we only need an early style engine!



      Correct! LH's 737-100 as well as early 737-200 and -230C had the rear airstairs. Think - at least - ALOHA operated (some) 737-200 with the rear airstairs as well (second-hand 737?). SOUTHWEST?
      BTW: The airstairs were removed later to save weight but Boeing offered still an option as extra equipment.
      Does anybody know if any customer airline ordered ever and operated any new built -200Advanced models with rear airstairs?
      And...were the rear airstairs still an offer for -300, -400, -500 series and "new generaion" -600 to -900 series or was this option completely dropped by Boeing?

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      Post #39246, posted on 10-11-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      Piedmont's original 737-201s all had air stair doors. I don't believe any of their -201 Adv did however. There are a few -200 Adv with it, but they're scattered here and there through production.

      The design was dropped as an option on the 2nd generation a/c