MAINRUNWAY From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 197 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 10717 times:
I believe it was Eastern Airlines that called some of their planes "Whisperjets".
There were other airlines that added prefixes to what they callled their jets. I think I remember "Fanjet" and "sun jet" But the whisperjet is the one I remember most. Eastern had it on the side of their jets...727's I believe. Can anyone remember any more details?
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 14877 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 10664 times:
The term "Whisperjet" was a marketing term used by Eastern Air Lines for their B-727-25 aircraft, as the plane was quieter than anything jet-powered at the time.
EA later expanded this for use on the DC-9 fleet, as well as on their L-1011 aircraft.
Once EA went to a bare-metal scheme, the "Whisperjet" titles disappeared from the aircraft, but the term was still used on safety cards for the B-727-25, -225, DC-9 (all series), and the "Whisperliner" term used for the A-300 as well as the L-1011.
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Concord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 10499 times:
My first flight (ever) was on an EA 727-100 Whisperjet. Inside, and in the front it seemed really quiet - especially after we connected to a CV-580 and had something to compare it to. Now THAT was loud.
Iflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 10467 times:
God, yes I remember the Whisperjets, I grew up with them. EA affectionately referred to the 727's and the DC-9's as Whisperjets, since the powerplants were in the rear, the theory was you couldn't hear them above a whisper...only if you were seated forward. If you were seated aft, anybody talking sounded like they were whispering in a roaring background. And those blue and green seats..geez!
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Jupiter2 From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 1009 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 10451 times:
BOAC used to advertise their VC10's as "Hush Power", seems so funny when you consider how loud the Conways were, but then again i'm sure they were nice and quiet in the cabin, after all thats what counted then.
Tbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 10095 times:
You can really get specific when it comes to marketing terms in the pre-jumbo and jumbo introduction years. Not only were the aircraft "named" (i.e. Whisperjets/Whisperliners), but particular runs were labeled, as well. UA's flights to the Florida and the southwest US were called "Sunbirds," National's 747's were "Sun Kings," UA's service to Hawaii was billed as "The Royal Hawaiian" regardless of A/C, and PS's L1011's were called "Mother Grinning Birds." Their narrow bodies were simply "Grinning Birds." TW had their "Royal Ambassador" service, PA had their "Clippers" and "The President Special (FC) and Rainbow Service (YC)." JA had their jets billed as "Jet Couriers," and BA (then BOAC) had their "Speedbirds."
The various marketing tools went beyond names. The terms were on menus, special service items such as stationary, movie programs, and inflight magazines. It all added some glamour to flying. If you flew coast-to-coast, you flew American's Mercury service, United's Red Carpet, and TWA's Ambassador. It really made flying something special and not the cattle cars of today.
Spoon04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 10076 times:
Ah, those wonderful airline labels of the 50's, 60's and 70's... Although Northwest never (to the best of my memory) possessed a ".....liner" tag, they used to paint (in rather large letters) the words "Radar Equipped" on their birds. Now THAT'S classic stuff !!
Expratt From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9630 times:
In comparison to the engines on today's Stage 3 and 4 airplanes, the JT8Ds are extremely loud. But in comparison to the JT3Cs and JT4As on the 707s and DC-8s that were in service when the 727 entered service, the JT8D was noticeably quieter. Everything is relative.