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The Best Looking 727-200  
User currently offlineSQ773 From Spain, joined Apr 2005, 200 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

Hi guys,

As I am getting older, I tend to look back at the golden era of commercial aviaton, in the form of collecting models of that time  

Now, I want to buy one of the most precious airliners that ever flew the skies. Question : which do you think was the best looking 727-200?

Here is my short list ( not in order of preference)

- American Airlines
- CP Air
- United ( 70's colours )
- Lufthansa ( 70's colours )
- Pan Am ( bill board colours or 70's colours..? )

Any suggestion ?

cheers

SQ773

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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4342 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1481 times:

It's up to you which schemes you like, colours or metal or billboard schemes.
CP Air and Pan Am billboard looked pretty good on a 727. Pan Am 70s colours were more iconic on a 707 or 747, they were not a major 727 operator before they took over National which meant their downfall.
If I were to buy a 727 model I'd think of any scheme of United or Eastern, the first customers.
Also I think Iberia's later scheme was particularly nice on a 727.



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User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 1088 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1460 times:
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Hi guys,
Easy answer for me...
Ansett's 'comet' or 'flying stars' scheme on the 727-200... All white fuselage and tail with a white Southern Cross and Federation Star trailing lines of colour on a blue background... Brilliant! And I really loved the full-stop, so Eightys....
I did like the Pan Am billboard scheme on the 727, plus the above-mentioned Iberia, CP Air and Eastern 'hockey stick' schemes. Of those, unfortunately the only one of the four I ever saw 'in the flesh' was the Iberia one...
Special mention too to Australia's own East West with their green, gold and white 727-200 obtained from Ansett.
One of the worst? The RNZAF 727-100Cs... And incidentally the 4x727-100 of the USAF (and Marines?) were very ordinary as well.
Cheers,
Bunumuring.



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User currently offlineSQ773 From Spain, joined Apr 2005, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

I also love the Pan Am billboard, but it also reminds me of the final Pan Am years and of other operators that used its name and livery and had nothing to do with the original one. As MEA-707 quoted, the old Pan Am Livery is not quite iconic either...
Eastern is without any doubt one of the best looking IMHO, specially the silver livery, niot the white one...

cheers


User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5057 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

Ironic, considering your name. I have always found this to be a very attractive paint scheme on a B727-200:


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Other paint schemes, like Braniff Ultra or CPAir look attractive on any airplane. But, I thought SQ balanced the shape well and made it look even sleeker.



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User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3032 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1445 times:

Delta with the widget and black anti-sun below the cockpit windows...

TWA 80s livery



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3823 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1436 times:

I'll extend this to all 727 series. Here are some of the best liveries in my opinion:


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Holy smokes. Some of those are really hot!

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User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 1088 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1324 times:
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Whoa! Whats the story with the 'Policia Federal' 727... Matt black, wingletted, no windows? One mean looking beast and surely one of the best looking 727s ever! I have never seen photos of that plane before, but I have seen more 'normal' looking 727s belonging to the Mexican Police.

The SIA 727s did look awesome in that colourscheme... A great match of scheme and shape.

I would have loved to have seen a 727-200 in the current Qantas scheme... Hint hint to the more artistic, creative types here!

Cheers,
Bunumuring.



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User currently offlineSUPER63DL From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1297 times:

I personally have always Loved the Continental livery of the 70's, Black meatball preferred.

[Edited 2014-07-02 08:25:40]

User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 1088 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1257 times:
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Quoting SUPER63DL (Reply 8):
I personally have always Loved the Continental livery of the 70's, Black meatball preferred.

Hi mate,
Do you know why the meatball's colour was changed? I agree that the black one looks best.
Cheers,
Bunumuring.



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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2693 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

Quoting bunumuring (Reply 9):
Do you know why the meatball's colour was changed?

Because Continental's reputation was in a freefall for most of the 1980's. When Gordon Bethune took over as CEO he knew the airline needed a fresh start in the public eye; and new color scheme accomplished just that.

Luckily Bethune made many, many, many, needed and positive changes on the company's inside as well.   



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User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 1088 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1249 times:
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Hi mate,
You misunderstood my question.
I know why the entire livery was changed, but I am asking why did the COLOUR of the meatball change in the 70s, or 80s or whenever it was that it happened... You know, keeping the livery intact but changing the meatball's colour from black to red...
Thanks,
Bunumuring.



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1232 times:

Honorable mention to AZ and TP from Europe. Air Jamaica was pretty nice too.

Quoting SQ773 (Reply 3):
Eastern is without any doubt one of the best looking IMHO, specially the silver livery

this is the winner though  



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User currently onlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2147 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

My nominations:


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Of course, I can't really think of any that looked bad on the 72  



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User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1152 times:

Trick question. It's a 727 - of course it will look good. But I'd have to say 2 of my favorites are:

Northeast

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and Piedmont:

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User currently offlineDualQual From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 777 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

Quoting 4holer (Reply 5):

Delta with the widget and black anti-sun below the cockpit windows...


+1. That livery is still easily my favorite. It looked good on everything but to me really stood out on the 727, 757, and L1011.


User currently offlineUA444 From United States of America, joined Mar 2014, 746 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1124 times:
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United Saul Bass. Miss this livery so much.


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User currently offlineTR1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 271 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

Without a doubt:


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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3999 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1070 times:


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User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1205 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1015 times:
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Some favorites from when I was younger:


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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3999 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (3 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 980 times:


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User currently offlinewarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 899 times:

NWA in orient or new color!


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19963 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (3 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 847 times:

This was one of the best commercial liveries ever, IMO:

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And this one looked very nice:

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User currently offline727tiger From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 735 times:

For me, I loved BI's late-70s era 727s and DL's widget 727s.

User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1477 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 647 times:

#1 has to be Calder (Braniff)


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Out of regular schemes


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I also have to mention this even though it was never worn by a -200


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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3186 posts, RR: 8
Reply 25, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 649 times:

LH's 727 livery just screams vintage when on the 727. IMO, it's the best livery applied to it.


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User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 537 times:

Personally it would be a toss up between.....

Iberia (the scheme that is being phased out now)
Pan Am (either the billboard or blue cheatline scheme)
JAL (with the orange and black cheatlines because I like the scheme)
Lufthansa (last scheme they had, blue cheatline not the current all white)
American (with the AA)
United (with the tulip)

IB, PA and LH were among the 727s I used to see all the time at LHR so probably one of them
UA and AA (could add AS too), I've flown on so would also give them house room.

As you have a Spanish flag..why not go with Iberia?


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