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User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2207 times:

Where in the back of the cabin does the noise on the 727 start to become truly awful? Really close to the aft doors, by the overwing exits, where?


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User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2200 times:

Can't say as I've ever had any truly awful noise anywhere on a 727.

User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

I agree with Goingboeing. There are no bad seats on a 727. No matter if you would like to hear the engines or not, you will, but it won't be intolorable in the rear like some other A/C like the F-100.

The 727 is truly a fine aircraft all around. . .one of the greatest ever.


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User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4640 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

I've found sitting up front in first or the very front of coach is usually quieter than some of today's newer jets. It is a shame the 72s are leaving scheduled service in the US faster and faster.  Sad

User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

It can be extremely quiet in the First Class, and foreward coach cabins of the 727. I would not consider the noise in the aft to be horrible, it is just a little louder than most. In relative response, I love sitting in the aft of 722's and hearing that roar as you kind of trapse down the runway, and that old gal pitches up and you kind of float for a second, and then off you go into the wild blue yonder.

~Long live the 727~


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User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 1394 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

Yes the 72S really doesnt have a bad seat unless you are way toward the rear which really isnt that bad. Sitting behind the engine exhaust in a 732 is about a s bad as you can get nowadays. I remember in 1980 I sat behind the engine exhaust on a American 707 I will never forget all that racket that thing made, I remeber my mom commeneting on how noisy this thing is.

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User currently offlineKevin82277 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

I was really surprised by my ride on the 727 last year. I have heard and watched that plane take off many times and it is one of the loudest I have heard. But I sat near the rear on one last year and it incredibly quite. And it is a very smooth ride.

Kevin in BNA

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5509 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

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I sat near the back on the final AA 727 departure from MIA. I was expecting to be blasted out of my seat, but it was fairly quiet back there. Just a low humming of the engines, and of course the more forward you sit the quieter it will be. The F-100 sucks, I'm sorry to say. I sat in front of the wing and my head was going to explode. Inflight was fine, but when your on the ground and the engines are on idle, there is a horrable humming noise throughout the cabin. Kind of like an "out of sync" vibration like on a Dash 8.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

I've never felt like I was on a more solid product than the Boeing 727.

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User currently offlineIflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1998 times:


I couldn't agree more. I remember the comment one person made about our 727's. To roughly quote him..."The NWA 727's are like a beautiful lady on her way to work. She's wearing her blue jeans, her gray sweater, and her red silk scarf, which the wind happens to catch." I think that's the best way to describe her.


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User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3077 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

I was suprised to find the noise level reasonable towards the back of the 727 when I was on NW last May.

User currently offlinePmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

You should hear, or more appropriately not hear the engine noise on an extra insulated 727-100 exec...

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User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5068 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

I sat in the back of a 727 in December and while on the ground it was extremely loud....a steady "roar" which i learned by my post on the tech forum, was from the APU outlet being at the wing root area instead of at the tail. So, sitting in the front should be quieter. But once we got rolling I dont think the back was much worse than any other jet.

BTW, sitting in the back of the MD80 was also noisy on the ground....not because of an APU but the galley & door being right there made it noisier on the ground.


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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7454 posts, RR: 61
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1943 times:
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Jhooper, I couldn't agree more either!

My last flights on a 727 were on NWA's 727s in June 2002 from DTW-MCO.

We fiancee and I sat on the port side, in the last row.

I videotaped the takoff and landing. I also taped our POWER Pushback and it was not loud. (The people in the row ahead of us could be heard over the din of the engines.)

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User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1897 times:

Regarding the POWER Pushback- there was an earlier post about usefulness of reverse thrust on jet aircraft and most people came to the consensus that reverse thrust is not really that effective. It goes to show if airplanes like the 727 can do pushbacks using reverse thrust then it must be pretty effective afterall!! BTW i've never experienced a POWERED pushback- they are not normally practised here in Australia to my knowledge.  Sad

User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1926 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

I've flown on the 727 and the Tu154 and found both of these types reasonably quiet.
I've never been on a MD-80 series nor on a F-100.

User currently offlineKevi747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

The 727's engine noise wasn't bad at all in the cabin. I've had decompresssions of the number 2 engine happen while we were starting down the runway. That was VERY loud. But usually it wasn't bad at all.

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