Diego767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 22 posts, RR: 0 Posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1300 times:
Why is it that all 727s look like they re dragging when
taking off ? they almost look like they struggle to gain altitude. I personally try to avoid flying em not because of the take off but because they re so old.
B-707 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 497 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1300 times:
I personally try to fly all the older aircraft where possible (including the 727) because in a few years I will not have this choice. If they are maintained properly there is no need to worry about their age.
Boeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 961 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1300 times:
The B727 is one of the most reliable aircraft still in service today. B-707 is right, if I had a choice between the B727 and a younger model, no question which aircraft I would prefer. With most of the American major carriers starting to get rid of the airplane during the early and mid years of the new mellinium, it will be hard to catch them flying in another ten years or so, therefore enjoy as long as we still have them around. To answer your question Diego767; you will find most tail-mounted-engine airplanes drag a little on take-off. First because you have the additional weight of the engines in the back, but also (more importantly) the thrust developed is being produced in the rear. Next time you are out @ an airport, check out DC9s/MD80s/B727s and (if possible) some of our Russian friends, as the Tu134/154 or Il62. They all seem to drag along the runway a little longer than their counter parts, who have their engines under the wings. By the way, the DC10/MD11 and L1011, have the tendency to be a little bit on the dragging side as well: enjoy!