The Boeing 757 is an amazing aircraft. It was built to replace the 727, offering a high-lift wing and overpowered high-bypass engines.
Approaching 40 years after its debut, the Boeing 757 is still one a staple in many US and European airlines. The Boeing 757 still maintains two unique capabilities that can’t be filled by other airlines. The first is the ability to takeoff from short, high-altitude, high-temperature airfields like Denver, Mexico City, and Vail, Colorado. The second is that the 757 has the ability to fly long, thin transcontinental and transatlantic routes. While newer entrants like the 737 NG and MAX and A320NEO series have begun to fill some of those roles, the 757 still operates on routes where even the newest MAX and NEOs still can’t touch.
Take an already overpowered jet and watch what it can do empty
That’s why this video of a Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 is so impressive. During an airshow back in 2012, they decided to fly a routine with the sleek Boeing. After a series of low-passes, the jet climbs unrestricted in a gorgeous finale. The video was produced by Historical Aviation Film Unit and originally posted on Youtube.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force operates two Boeing 757s. Both aircraft were received by the force in 2003. They feature the unique ability to carry both passengers and cargo. In a cargo configuration, the jets can carry 11 pallets on the main deck. The jet can also be converted to a VIP configuration to fly governmental execs on ministerial and trade missions around the globe. Both jets are powered by Rolls-Royce RB211s. They are operated by No. 40 squadron.