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Mommy, Where Do Tail Numbers Come From?

Frequent Flyer B
As I have mentioned on this podcast, I recorded Red Belly Radio for about a year only for the Employees of Southwest Airlines before we made it public. From time to time, I will be diving back into the archives to play an interview. This episode features an interview with Bill Morton from our Maintenance department who keeps track of all the tail numbers of our aircraft.

I also talk about an event that took place at The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle about a year ago where Boeing honored all its 7-Series family of aircraft. Each airplane—the 707 through the 777—landed at Boeing Field in sequence of airplane model numbers matching to the landing time. The photo on the right is the first time all of the models were lined up this way and is one of my all-time favorite photos. Listen to this episode for details. (Pictured L. to R.) The 777, 767, 757, 747, 737, 727, 717, and the 707.