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Joe Offer BS: Boeing Boing Gone (36) RE: BS: BOEING BOING GONE 14 Mar 19

Hi, Robomatic,

I like your reference to the 737-200, which carried parcels, livestock, and passengers all over Alaska. I think it was the last passenger aircraft built with hydraulic controls. Later planes have been "fly-by-wire." Back in about 2002, I got a ride out of Palmer in a small plane with a friend of a friend, Alaska Airlines Capt. Rex Gray, who flew a 737-200 "mud hen" in the state for 35 years.

Rex also tried his hand at radio. Here's his Alaska Public Radio tribute on the retirement of the 737-200:
Wikipedia says the 737 has been continuously manufactured since 1967. It is the best-selling jetliner in history, with over 10,000 aircraft produced.

My stepson was about 11 when we flew with Rex, and Rex let him take the controls. The following Christmas, my stepson got a present from Rex - some flight charts and a pilot's log, with two hours logged for that first flight. My stepson is now 29 and has logged hundreds of hours of flight. He's now a flight instructor, building up hours so he can become an airline pilot.


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