727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5945 posts, RR: 18 Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4838 times:
Today, Feb. 1 marks the 40th anniversary of rev pax service with the Boeing 727. Eastern did the honors with a flight leaving Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. and Miami. Not sure if it was DCA or IAD. I guess this is the actual aircraft N8107N.
Zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5329 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4812 times:
Regarding that first Eastern flight; back in '64, jets were not allowed to use DCA (National/Reagan). Sometime in 1966, DC-9's and I believe 727's were allowed into (DCA). In the 70's there was talk of Boeing making a wide body version of this great 3 engine bird. I do miss them.
DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4694 times:
The 727 will hold a special place in my heart. I remember flying on many of them as a little kid as well more recently with NW and DL before they retired theirs. Nothing like lining up on that runway and the power being slowly increased and you hear that whirr of air outside. You were lumbering down that runway and that old gal just didn't seem like she had enough in her to get up but low and behold that nose would pop up and she would just kind of float there for a second or two and up up and away you went. Not to mention, being outside was also a lot of fun-get a nice cold day and those PW's just raised hell when they were roaring down the runway. I'm hoping that I'll be lucky enough to get up to Portsmouth this year to get one last flight on one of these birds with Pan Am. I'm a 727 addict.
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UCLAX From United States of America, joined May 2003, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4579 times:
I grew up in Jackson, MS and New Orleans, where 727-232s were very common, and my family moved to Los Angeles when I was in high school. During college I worked for DL at LAX, where -232s and -247s were our predominant types. Needless to say a 72S in DL's old colors are my personal choice for "the classic jetliner".
...those who wait for the Lordâ��s help...rise up as if they had eaglesâ�� wings Isaiah 40:31
KaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12152 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4559 times:
By taking a quick look at the earliest pics, the engines look a lot slimmer than the ones being used today. Have all the 727s flying today got retro fitted engines, or have they just been hushkitted to comply with noise restrictions. Also, how loud is a 727 compared to our favorite, the DC9? I'd like to see a 727 take off, but I never see them over here on the C side of MSP. I guess they all use the cross runway, or the other parallell.
Ual727222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4533 times:
I think United had the best 727s, and we took delivery of the first off the line, N7001U, now at the Museum of Flight in preserved state. I transitioned to the 727 in 1976 and flew the bird for 17 years straight as a Captain, from our -022s to the 222/Adv. series. In over 36 years as a commercial pilot for UA, I flew about six different types of aircraft but the 727 was my favorite. In almost 20 years as a Captain, I recall three instances when I had to stay back for maintenance and had only one in-flight engine failure ever! Its reliability, durability, maneuverability, and speed set it apart as one of the best aircraft ever built. I recall in 1989 during the Sioux Falls DC-10 crash, the airline loaded up a 727 to carry personnel and supplies to the site. Whenever landing at ORD up to 2001, the gates were dotted with 727s, both AA and UA. It took real skill to fly but was an experience that few other aircraft could match. Although its retirement was justified due to high fuel expenses and the increase of age-related maintenance, it remained a dutiful workhorse to the end and perhaps the most widely used aircraft ever built. Even Southwest operated a 727 in its infancy.!
Iswiss From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4508 times:
I only flew two times with the 727. It was last year in Bolivia and Peru. I took a flight from Sucre to La Paz with a 727 of Aero Sur, and then I took a 727 from Cusco to Lima with Aero Continente. I don't know exactly which model it was.
Luisinho From Portugal, joined Nov 2000, 229 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4508 times:
To celebrate the 40th Aniversary of Boeing 727 pax service... i'll fly my Boeing 727-200 fleet on FS2004 to any destination of your choice!
I have all liveries that existed... so... tell me one flight to i fly today, just to celebrate... ehhe... and if you have the FFX 727 and want to fly with me on net... eeheh tell me ... send me an email!
I almost forgot... i made the most fantastic Flight Dynamic ever produced for the 727-200 for FS2004 ACOF and for the FFX/SGA 727 models.
If you want to try it... send me an email and i'll mail you the FDE.
This is so great that you must see!... All lights are in their wright positions, heavy feeling, and real T-tail landing performance... just take a look!
Engines, weights and other stuff were programed with real Boeing settings.
ElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4483 times:
Detroit Metro is very lucky to have this beauty based here...owned by the Nomads Travel Club.....aircraft has it's own hangar....Nomads have their own terminal...passengers board and deplane inside the hangar. Hopefully, this aircraft will be flying in and out of DTW for years to come.
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7511 posts, RR: 44
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4257 times:
For quite some time MX had an all-727 fleet. It was then considered the best airline in Latin America (they obtained that title again in 2003). Their last 727 flew in 2003.
I think that the introduction of the 727 marked the beginning of a new era in commercial aviation. There are still some South American airlines who operate 727's for passenger service.
I must ask a question, does anyone believe that at some point in the future a new three-engined aircraft will be engineered and produced again? Evidently technology advances every day and manufacturers come up with more eficient engines and with more aerodinamic bodies and wings. It doesn't seem crazy to think that eventually a three-engined plane could replace the current four-engined ones, right?
Alitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 46
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4226 times:
While I and everyone else would love to see it, it seems we'll never see another three-holer again in most of our lifetimes. With two engines now being able to do the job of four (777, A330, 767, 7e7), why bother with three.
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