Flygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2310 times:
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a copy of a photo that I have of it in a book about the 727.
The plane was a World Airways B727-100 that was sent to DaNang in Vietnam to help evacuate refugee women and children in 1975. As the plane was loading, enemy troops were rapidly approaching the airport. There was a rush a people trying to board the plane. World Airways president Ed Daly, who then told the captain to depart as he helped try to get as many people aboard the plane as possible. As the engines started soldiers opened fire on the plane and started throwing grenades at the plane.
The plane which was configured for 105 passengers departed with 360 people onboard! The plane was estimated to be 20,000 lbs overweight. In the cabin there were 268 passengers and the rest were in the the baggage and landing gear compartments. The plane also suffered damage to 2/3 of the left inboard flap from a grenade prior to departure. The flight was made unpressurized and below 10,000 ft.
The photo I have shows the plane in flight with the forward and rear cargo bay doors open, aft airstair not fully retracted and the main landing gear still extended where you can see someones leg dangling from the gear doors.
A real testimate to how well Boeing builds it's planes!
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3786 posts, RR: 24 Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2296 times:
Another historic photo that appeared in Life during the late 60's was of a stowaway falling to his death into Botany Bay from a JAL DC-8 in 1968 or 69. The photo was taken by an amature photographer, testing a new telephoto lens at SYD.