Sierra Pacific Airlines Boeing 737-200 taken at Boeing Field (BFI). Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren.

Sierra Pacific Airlines Boeing 737-200 taken at Boeing Field (BFI). Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren.

I am always game for an airline in the US operating with a few classic Boeing 737-200s. It is rare to find one still operating in the US and soon, it will surely be impossible.

Sierra Pacific Airlines was founded in 1971 and currently operates two 737-200s (N703S and N712S) out of their base in Tucson, AZ. The airline runs charters and sub-charters for other airlines, while also running flights for the US Forest Service, US Military and the US Marshals.

Like most classic airliners, comes a classic livery and Sierra Pacific is no different. The livery rocks that cheat-line that is not seen on many of today’s modern jets.

Seeing this livery next to others a bit more modern, it comes up a bit short. Yet seeing it as an historical package, how can one not like it?

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Reminds me of the graphics for the game “Contra” on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Still pretty retro-cool though.


I’ve always enjoyed the -100s and -200s. I think the best two liveries on those were Western Airlines (swizzle stick cheat line) and PSA’s tri-color ones.

The 737-200s, introduced while 707sand 720s were still common, always struck me as downright cute. They still are.

Cook, I don’t see you using the word “cute” for some reason. But I have to agree with you.


Much smaller, compact, perhaps limited range, but with at least the *potential* to deliver the same, 707-style space and service. Of course, it has evolved through the years and the largest 737s now carry as many (more) seats as did the original 707s. What originated as a ‘half-sized pint’ copy of its big brother has become the best selling commercial airplane of all time. Still, the early -100 and -200 series airframes were, in my dated view, ‘cute.’ Hope that helps.
— on t he meaning of words, I’ll assume that y ou know the difference between ‘advise’ and ‘advice,’ and we’ll call it a type-o. Proof reading, with at least four eyes is still a firm suggestion. You’re self-written posts are improving, a lot. Thank you.

Saw this nice-looking bird (N712S) warm-up and depart OMA this morning. Didn’t realize quite how old it was/is, but I did notice how much longer its takeoff distance was as compared to any of the newer small commercial jets, i.e. E170, 738, CRJ7.

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