Back in the mid โ€˜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 Iโ€™m sure many other specs that would have seemed impossible just a few short years ago. Back then youโ€™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.