This article was originally written by 1st Lt Jeff Silverstein in August 2019; it originally appeared on https://cawgsq80ae.blogspot.com/ and was copied over to this website with permission from the original author. 2d Lt Kyle Blow added the pictures, courtesy of the creative commons, when transitioning this article over.
Why does the 737-200 still fly in Canada? This aircraft, the second iteration of the well-regarded 737 series, stopped production in 1988, meaning the youngest of these aircraft are over 30 years old. Of the worldwide fleet of 58 still in commercial service as of July 2018, 17 (about 29%) are flying in Canada. What makes this plane so popular there?
The biggest advantage is that it can be relatively easily fitted with a gravel kit: a combination of gravel deflectors attached to the nose wheel, vortex dissipators attached to the engine nacelles, and structural enhancements to the lower fuselage. These devices allow this large plane to conduct operations on unpaved fields that are the norm in northern Canada, allowing the plane to bring in basic necessities and to provide those living in remote settlements a way to travel to and from the region.
Given that much of northern Canada is peppered with these remote and temporary settlements (small towns, mining camps, etc.) that may only be accessible by air and for which permanent paved landing structures will probably never be available, the 737-200 is a vital lifeline to those who live there.
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