How To Identify a Boeing 757

Manufactured by an American company named Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing 757 is a type of twinjet airplane that is commonly used by major airline companies all over the world today. It can fly up to 3,900 nautical miles (7,200 kilometers) and can hold 186 to 279 passengers. This astounding aircraft has been originally produced in two variants. The first type was the Boeing 757-200. It became available for commercial use in 1983. The second one was the Boeing 757-300 (the extended version of the airplane) and it was introduced to the public in 1999. It became so popular that Boeing decided to create freighter versions for this kind of plane (757-200PF and 757-200SF). Today, Boeing 757 is mostly used in the United States and Europe for commercial purposes (VIP and public transport), government and military. However, its production ceased in 2004, right after building a total of 1,050 airplanes. It can be a bit of a challenge to distinguish a Boeing 757 especially if you are someone who’s unfamiliar with planes and the like. But don’t worry, there are several ways that you can do to successfully determine this craft without having to read a 500-page thick manual book about airplanes. It’s very easy!  Here’s how.

  • The twin engine. The first thing that you should check is the airplane’s engine. If you see that it has only one engine, then it is not a Boeing 757. The aircraft should definitely have two, big engines on its sides. It is usually located below the wings. It looks like a big turbine.
  • “The long-legged lady.”  A Boeing 757 is popularly labeled as the “long-legged lady” due to its long narrow exterior. Everything seems to be longer on this type of airliner. It has an extended landing gear hence, it is taller than most planes when parked on the airport ground.
  • Sexy wings. A 757 has a pair of thin wings. It is smaller than fuselage (the airplane’s body). It is also positioned backwards, which is quite different from a lot of modern aircrafts.
  • A drooping nose. Carefully scrutinize the muzzle of the plane. A Boeing 757 has a noticeable droop on its nose. The point is lower than the centerline of the airplane’s body.
  • Tail standing tall. The tail should have vertical stabilizer that is quite tall than most twin engine jetliners. The horizontal stabilizer is affixed on the center point of the fuselage, ending at the tail cone.
  • Slender and elegant. Although Boeing 757 has very similar features compared to 767, its sister plane, its overall appearance still looks thinner and more slender. This gave the aircraft a certain elegance that not all twin engine, bulky jets have.

These are the things that you need to do to effectively identify a Boeing 757 wherever you may be. Just carefully read these steps and you can never go wrong!  Just make sure that you take everything in consideration before you decide that what you are looking at is indeed a 757. Many aircraft look the same so make sure to watch out for the key features of this type of plane. It would also be a great idea to widen your knowledge by reading and surfing the Internet for relevant subjects and topics. Now go out there and start observing!  Good luck and have fun.


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