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Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?  
User currently offlineMAINRUNWAY From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 177 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7396 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?

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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13702 posts, RR: 61
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7343 times:
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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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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7341 times:

Wasn't the BAe146 called a whisperjet?


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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7522 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7256 times:

Whisper Jet on a un-hushed 727 ?? What a joke  Smile


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User currently offlineHenpol747 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7225 times:

I do remember an Eastern airlines L-1011 called "whisperliner"  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineStearmanNut From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7214 times:

I remember one now defunct airline in Texas they touted as PamperJet.


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User currently offlineRayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7189 times:

But who remembers the Bristol Britannia being dubbed the Whispering Giant!


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User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7178 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.


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User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7146 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!  Big grin


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User currently offlineJupiter2 From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 909 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7130 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.
RL


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6327 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6977 times:

"Whisper Jet on a un-hushed 727 ?? What a joke "

The term was a reference to the cabin noise level. But you knew that.



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User currently offlineSpike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6955 times:

Whisperjet was also used for the BAe-146, and Jumbolino (for Crossair).

User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6920 times:

Texas International used to call their DC-9s Pamperjets. I think Aloha used to call their 737s as Funbirds.

User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6827 times:

When EA had 747s, I think they were also called Whisperliners.

Here are all the plane names I remember:

AA: Flagships and Jet Flagships, then Astrojets and Astroliners, followed by Luxury Jets and Luxury Liners

UA: Mainliners and Jet Mainliners, followed by Friendships

CO: Golden Fan Jets

PA: Clippers and Jet Clippers

TW: The big Connies were Star Liners, and their 707s were Starstream Jets


User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6774 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.


User currently offlineSpoon04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6755 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 !!

User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6743 times:

Northwest was the first to use the term "Fanjet" on their early 720's and 320B/C's!

User currently offlineSpoon04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6731 times:

Tbear815, right you are !! How 'bout this - "Radar Equipped Fanjet". Even more classic!!!

User currently onlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 966 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 22 hours ago) and read 6539 times:

Yeah, I flew on "Whisperjets" a lot, 727s and DC-9s. They were noticeably quieter inside than the DC-8s and 707s as I recall, as long as you weren't sitting in the rear of the cabin, of course!

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User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 22 hours ago) and read 6473 times:

"Eastern Airlines is please to announce Whisperjet boarding at this time......" Words I lived for as a kid!


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User currently offlineSpike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 22 hours ago) and read 6441 times:

The plane starting to make a lot of noise is getting ready for boarding. Please have your passport and card at hand for checking -- Lydd Airport, 1970.



User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 6380 times:

Oh yes one more, Allegheny used to call their DC-9s "Vistajets"

User currently offlineExpratt From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 6309 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.

User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 857 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 6241 times:

When I was in SEA in -87 I spotted a jetliner (DC-9/B727) with the name JetBus written all over the engines! Anyone knows what carrier I mean?
*I know, has nothing todo with whisperjet*

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User currently offlineType-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 6185 times:

StearmanNut:

As mentioned earlier, the Pamper Jets belonged to Texas International, who is not really defunct, it just went through a name change after a merger. It's now known as Continental!



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