Step inside the prototype of "Baby Boeing", the first production 737 airplane! This prototype made its first flight on April 9, 1967, with pilots Brien Wygle and Lew Wallick in the cockpit. Less than a year later, the 737 made its commercial debut as a Lufthansa jetliner and has been in production ever since. Boeing used this particular prototype 737 as a flight test aircraft until 1974 when NASA began using it to test various innovations, including virtual cockpit, electronic flight displays, and wind detection systems.
The Boeing 737 is the smallest and most used jetliner in the company's fleet. This prototype was a twin engine, medium-range airliner and was designed to carry up to 124 passengers. To date, over 8,000 Baby Boeings have been built. This plane can be seen at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA, where it is on loan from NASA, Langley Research Center.