Why does Boeing use the '7' for aircraft?

Hi y’all! I found this really neat article about why Boeing uses the 7-7 format for their commercial airplanes. I think this is actually very interesting, I and I hope you find it that way too. It’s amazing that Boeing stuck with that “format” for such a long time, and it looks like they’ll keep that for some more time. But, what about after the 797? What do you think?

http://www.boeing.com/news/frontiers/archive/2004/february/i_history.html

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Very neat but I wonder what will happen after they use their last 7-7 number? Do you think that they will use letters like 7H7 or 7R7? Very neat article indeed! I actually never knew about why Boeing dubbed their aircraft that certain numeric name.

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Or they could di 807 817 and so on

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Or they might just start over, with the 707, 717,727, and so on

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Yeah but I believe what they said in the article was that they wanted to only use 7-7 for commercial use. But it is a possibility.

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They could but what if they did that but let’s say that the 717 is still in service. What would you separate them with? Plus I’m not sure that they would go back to its original name. It would be cool tho!

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Or they might go double digits, like 7107 7207, and so forth.

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Yeah that could also be a possibility. :)

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If you go to Boeing’s website they used 7 as a marketing scheme so people would recognize it. At the factory there are divisions 600s are reserved for missles 500s are for turbine developement 300 and 400 were propeller aircraft and 700 was for jet transportation. But they didn’t always have it. For example I imagine a lot of people didn’t know the Boeing model 1 existed.

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Well, now I know. Does anyone know why airbus uses 3’s?

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It’s true but didn’t they use 707 and so on because it had a more catchier tone?

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It is catchy but that wasn’t there first reason. It was mainly to get more buyers…and it worked…well very well.

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“Because the market executives thought it would be catchier…”. That’s one good reason I suppose. Especially when you’re selling them. Anything will help.

I worked with networking devices by Cisco called the Cerent 454 and the Cerent 327. Why those numbers? Because the engineer that designed them was a Chevy fan and he named them after Chevy engines. And the Cerent 454 was a bigger box than the Cerent 327. Big block vs small block. Get it?

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