Back in the mid ‘70s I had my first commercial airline flight on a local carrier, Air California, from SNA to SJC to visit my grandparents. It was on a 737-200, a simple, but not terribly successful 100 seat short-range airliner that seemed ideal for intra-California flying.

Today I read about the launch of the latest version of this venerable aircraft, the MAX10. 230 seats, 3215 mile range (probably more with extra tanks in the belly) and I’m sure many other specs that would have seemed impossible just a few short years ago. Back then you’d need a much larger aircraft like a DC-8, L-1011 or DC-10 to have similar capacity and range. Who would have thought that 40 years later that humble little 737 would be capable of such feats. Amazing.