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So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked  
User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Posted (13 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3257 times:

Everyone keeps saying that the last 727-200 to operate for TWA was the very one that was hijacked from Athens to Beirut and Algiers. Is this true? Was it done on purpose? It seems to coincidental to not have been. Boy, some airplanes sure do make history.

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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1674 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3127 times:
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I would be interested in knowing this myself. I have only been on two TWA 727s, and one of them was N64339, the one that was hijacked! I flew on it from STL to TPA on 6/21/76.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlineStarship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

I've just been looking at a series of photos of the hijacked TWA 727 (14 June - 1 July 1985), but the registration number is not readily visible in any of the pics.


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User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3267 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3095 times:

In May 1984, Capt. John Testrake piloted a flight I was on from STL to ORD. It was a 727-200, but I don't recall the tail number.


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User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3097 times:

I don't know whether it's relevant, but at this very moment they are showing a film on WGN Cable about a story very tightly based on TWA847 from Athen sto Rome to London being hijacked & flown first to Beirut etc.

WGN Cable started 8pm ends 10pm. It's got a 707 and the guy from all the Airport (Joe Patroni) films in it... George... whathisname.

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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Yes, they are one and the same (the Beirut plane and the 'last flight' plane). I took pictures to prove it, and it was confirmed by former pilots who were on the last flight (which was MSY to STL).

I think it was planned. N54339 was still in the fleet at the end, and it seemed the obvious choice to me.

Tom in NO (at MSY)



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User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

The movie on WGN tonight was "The Delta Force" and "the Airport guy" is George Kennedy. Despite the movie being somewhat B-ish it does have an all star cast including a Pam Am Boeing 707-139. (N778PA)
This was the only picture of the plane I could find.

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Photo © Mel Lawrence


There was also a movie made about the TWA hijacking. "The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story" is one of the few made for TV movie that doesn't cheese out like most do.


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User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2146 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

Captain Testrake passed away a few years back.

User currently offlineTan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1906 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

I believe Capt.Testrake wrote a book about the ordeal as I recall. Sorry, cannot remember the exact name however. It did have a red dustcover it seems. I remember reading it about 88 or 89. Thought it was pretty good.. God Bless Capt. Testrake, He sure did one helluva job in that ordeal. All of them could have ended up dead.

If you can find the book, read it.


User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1937 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (13 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

"Triumph over Terror on Flight 847" is the name of Capt. Testrakes' book. It has a lot of religious references in it, so you might find it at a Christian bookstore. ISBN is 0-8007-1527-6.


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User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2146 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (13 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

One of the hostages, i think his name is Kurt Carlson, went on to write a book also. If you come across the book, it's a good read.

User currently offlineG-BEAK From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2000, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 2840 times:

The last four reg numbers of the hijacked one is 4339. I'm looking at Flights of Terror by David Gero and there is a photo in it. Was there ever a TWA hijacked or blown up round about the Middle East in the mid 1980's but in October? I'm sure I remember watching something on the news at a LHR hotel on the way back from my holidays.

User currently offlineTan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1906 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 2835 times:

Thanks DL-Mech.Thats it!.
yes there was another TWA 727 that took a small bomb hit from one in a briefcase under a seat on a flt from Rome to Athens, I think. As I recall , several passengers were casualties.


User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 2795 times:

There were four casualties including an infant when the were sucke out of the plane and I do remeber hearing that quite a few were injured by flying debre but I don't know how many. Are you sure 7 had died because I'm only reading that four were killed in the old news articles I have with me.


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