Sunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2071 posts, RR: 7 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2987 times:
North Central Airlines ordered the 727's, then they changed their name to Republic Airlines. My question is were any of the 727's painted in the new RC colors but still have the North Central name on it?
I saw the first 727 arrive in MSP but it came in the dark, they parked it at the gate, before moving to the hanger on I494. Did it have the North Central name on it, but was it changed over night or in the days following? I seem to remember it saying " NORTH CENTRAL"
Type-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2963 times:
I remember that RC did have 727's that they got from RW were repainted in the Republic livery.
I believe that by the time the first new 727 got to MSP, it was in the Republic livery. But i'm not 100% sure about that.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2954 times:
According to the Fall 1992 issue of "Airliners", North Central ordered 3 727-200's, but, due to the timing of the merger with Southern to form Republic, they were actually delivered to Republic, hence no NC titled 727's.
Tom at MSY
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F9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5240 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2874 times:
Republic did paint most of the 727's in the Mary Tyler Moore scheme. In fact, I think they painted them all in the newer scheme.
Republic did not get the 727's in the North Central scheme. They recieved most of the 727's from Hughes Airwest. I asked my old man about the North Central 727's, and he said they did not come in at the time of the merger.
If I recall, Republic had a few 727-100's? I could have sworn, but perhaps I flew on a NW 727-100.
RyanAFAMSP From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2850 times:
Republic's 727 fleet were all -200 advanced airplanes. They had I believe 13 727s. About half were ex-Hughes Airwest 727-2M7s, and the rest were new-build 727-2S7s. I believe Boeing gave the S7 code to North Central, but then it became the de facto Republic code, evidenced in their 757-2S7s.
The bottom line is that there were two fleets, the ex-RW and the RC airplanes. There were no NC delivered birds. Nor were there any -100s (the Air West airplanes were all gone by then).
SBN580 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 401 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2676 times:
North Central fan and collector here! I will say that I have in my possession a doctored, Boeing image, of a "North Central" 727. It's true, they sadly never appeared in NC livery as the merger happened to become RC. Aircraft makers were known to make up doctored images to show to clients as to how "their" plane would look if ordered. This image is a photo of a 727 inflight looking like it is nose to tail a Herman bird all the way. I saw it at a show and thought, "THAT'S A RARE FIND! I'VE GOT TO HAVE IT NOW!!!" The only drawback is that it is in black and white. It was still worth having for the big NC fan that I am!
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