In the grand scope of Boeing's success as the world's leading builder of civil jetliners, the 757 and 767 are anomalies in that they were designed and built simultaneously -- the 757 as a single-aisle airliner for domestic routes, the 767 as wide-bodied transcontinental carrier. Author Thomas Becher describes the tandem development of the two airliners with a similar appearance but very different roles. Eight pages of color photographs complement a gallery of black-and-white shots, and help delineate the difference and display the similarities between the two types.
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Boeing's airplane designs were beginning to mature in the mid-1970s and fuel prices were on the rise when Boeing saw the need for an economical wide-bodied airliner that would fill the gap between the Boeing 727 and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and Lockheed L-1011. The need to replace the venerable 727 also was becoming clear.
This led to the unprecedented parallel development of two new twinjets, the wide-bodied 767 and its narrow-bodied sister, the 757. Both featured newly designed engines -- more powerful, fuel- efficient and quieter -- that would help this new aircraft family succeed.
The 767 and 757 were designed with many common features and a virtually identical flight deck, making it possible for crews to be certified to operate both aircraft. Their "glass cockpits" made extensive use of new technology, with TV screens replacing many of the old dials. Both aircraft helped to pioneer the use of just two cockpit crew members instead of three, affording prospective customers another significant saving.
Today, the 767 and 757 are familiar sights at airports around the world. The 767 is the leading aircraft for trans-Atlantic travel. The 757 is common on both short-haul and long, transcontinental flights. Both are fuel-efficient, reliable and comfortable airliners that have helped to revolutionize air travel.
Thomas Becher tells the story of these remarkable aircraft in this informative and well-illustrated book.Review:
"This book offers the best coverage to date of these important airliner types." -- Airways magazine, September 1999
The definitive Boeing 757 and 767 work and a must for airliner historians and enthusiasts alike. -- Airliners Magazine, January/February 2000
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