Boeing 737 Visits Orange
Elton John's Yellow Brick Road Tour Concert at Bathurst on 22 January 2020 delighted many thousands of his fans in the Central West of the state.
It also provided aviation fans at Orange, the opportunity to witness the first landing of a Boeing 737-300 Classic at Orange Airport. Not only the first of type, but the largest aircraft to land there to date.
Around 2.30 pm on Monday 20 January, VH-XNU in the livery of Nauru Airlines, brought around 120 "roadies" and crew in from Brisbane, to help set up and run the concert at Bathurst. They were then bussed down to the Carrington Park venue in Bathurst.
Why not land at Bathurst? Apparently the runway there isn't long enough at 1705 metres, whereas Orange's, at 2213 metres is, thanks to the lengthening carried out about 5 years ago. Thanks Newcrest!
For those interested in statistics, here's a few gathered from the internet:
|Passengers||128 / 134, max. 149|
|Propulsion||2 Turbofan Engines|
|Engine Model||CFM Intl. CFM56-3B2|
|Engine Power (each)||97,9 kN||22000 lbf|
|Speed||933 km/h||504 kts
|Mmo (max. Mach)||Mach 0.82|
|Service Ceiling||11.278 m||37.000 ft|
|Range||5.463 km||2.950 NM
|Empty Weight||32.900 kg||72.532 lbs|
|max. Takeoff Weight||63.277 kg||139.500 lbs|
|max. Landing Weight||52.527 kg||115.800 lbs|
|Wing Span||28,88 m||94 ft 9 in|
|Wing Area||105,4 m²||1135 ft²|
|Length||33,40 m||109 ft 7 in|
|Height||11,07 m||36 ft 4 in|
|Production Status||out of production|
|IATA Code||733 73C 73Y|
|Data for (Version)||Boeing 737-300|