Alaska Airlines B737 Combi
Boeing 737-290C built in 1981 - Pratt and Whitney JT8D-17 SER Turbo-jet engines
N740AS, referred to as a Combi or Mud Hen, was purchased directly from Boeing Aircraft Company by Alaska Airlines in June 1981. The jet was purposefully built as a combination passenger and cargo aircraft. N7040AS remained in active service until February 2007 and flew 68,941.2 hours serving Alaskan communities.
|Wingspan:||93 feet||28.35 m|
|Wing area:||1,098 feet²||102.0 m²|
|Length:||100 feet, 2 inches||30.53 m|
|Fuselage Length:||29.54 m|
|Maximum Cabin Width:||11 ft 7 in||3.53 m|
|Height:||37 feet||11.23 m|
|Engines:||Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15A|
|Static Thrust:||14,00 lbs||71.2 kN|
|Cruise Speed:||Mach 0.74, 485 mph||780 km/h|
|Range:||2,200 - 2,600 miles||3,500 - 4,300 km|
|Service Ceiling:||35,000 feet||10,700 m|
|Max Take-off Weight:||128,100 lbs||58,100 kg|
Cargo containter, or "igloo"
Alaska Airlines "Friendship Flight" on June 13th, 1988 marks the first formal official opening of the border in four decades. Alaska Gov. Steve Cowper heads Alaska delegation on a flight from Nome across the Bering Strait to Provideniya on the Chukotka Peninsula for a one-day reunion and celebration. Alaska state, federal and local government officials, journalists, Alaska Natives and activists seeking to melt the Ice Curtain took part. Alaska Siberian Yupik Eskimos were reunited with Chukotka Siberian Yupik Eskimo relatives and old friends who had been separated for four decades.
Have you ever seen two or three guys standing in the wheel well of a jet and wondered what they could possibly be messing with? Now you have a idea...