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Anatomy of a Jetliner

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 02.17.04
  • NOVA

Look beneath the skin of a late-model Boeing 737, the most widely flown commercial jetliner of all time, and explore a cutaway detailing the 12 major systems that make it tick. From the pop of retracting landing gear after takeoff, to the whoosh of air conditioning mid-flight, to the hydraulic moan of wing flaps extended before landing, it's clear that much goes on unseen in a modern passenger jet.

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Explore the 12 major systems that enable a Boeing 737 to taxi, fly, and land.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Crash of Flight 111.

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© Mike Badrocke, Aviagraphica

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