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It's 727 Day!  
User currently offlineGlom From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2815 posts, RR: 10
Posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7690 times:

The date is 7/2/7. Today we celebrate that legendary trijet.

So share your thoughts on the 727.

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User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7676 times:

Those of us in the USA will have to refrain from discussing the matter for a little less than six months.  Smile

Or we could limit the discussion to the 727-277.


User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4387 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7639 times:

Most of the flights I made when I was young was on 727 - a design very advanced at its time, very popular, bringing aviation to normal people - so what A320 and B738 are now.

User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7466 times:

Wasn't the 727 the first "whisper-jet"

User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7421 times:

Let's brighten up this thread with some pictures. I have always liked the 727, never had a nasty flight on them. My love with aviation started with the 727 when I lived in the USA in 1980. It was then the default plane, 2 out of every 3 planes you saw were 727s. Partially because I choose 727 flights/destinations but also partially coincidence I have flown on lots of them, it's still one of the most common types in my logbook although I fear it will sink out of the top-5 some day.
I have flown on:

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when I lived in the US in 1979/80. The invitation to the cockpit at National was where my interest in aviation started. Obviously I didn't note the exact numbers yet so this are just samples of which 727 might have been on.

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these were on my trips in 1995 and 1998, not especially selected for being with 727s, just lucky coincidence.

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two flights on US 727s on 9 July 2000, I started 727 hunting by then!

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two IB flights during a business trip to Portugal just two weeks later, the 727 was already getting rare in Europe.

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drinking whisky at 9 am during a mexico fun day return flight to Aguascalientes especially to get a 727-100... not the exact United plane, N7265U isn't in the database! Good old days just before 9-11

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One year after 9-11, I hurried to fly on some more 727s (above)

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Now had to go outside Europe or the USA to get more 727s

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Falconair was a surprise on a domestic flight in Honduras... while trying to fly on a F-27! Syrianair was an Airevents pleasure flight.

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Went to Mexico just in time to get a last Mexican pax 727 flight...

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On my Iran trip a year ago



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User currently offlineTeixeim From United States of America, joined May 2005, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7383 times:

We had another 727-nostalgic thread a couple days premature....


I surely miss seeing all the 727s I saw growing up. It was sad when I realized a few years ago that they were all being retired.

The first airplane ride I can fully remember was on a National Airlines 727-100 flying DCA-MIA. We were connecting to a Pan Am 707 flight to Rio back in December 1977! When we got to Rio, we connected to Belo Horizonte-Pampulha on a Cruzeiro do Sul 727-100 with a full meal service on a 45-min. flight.

Sad that all those airlines I just mentioned are gone!


User currently offlineZschocheImages From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7375 times:

I flew on the 727 many times as a little kid and was still pretty young (14ish) when NW retired their last one. I miss them, even though I've grown up in the era of the 737NG and 320 family.


Why fly with 2 engines when you can have 3?
User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7357 times:

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 3):
Wasn't the 727 the first "whisper-jet

As in quiet?  biggrin 

I think it was Eastern Airlines named their B727's "Whisper Jet".

My very first jumpseat was on an Eastern B727 from IAH-EWR. On descent into EWR the noise level was so high at 330 KIAS that I had to hold that lovely headset tight on my ears just to hear ATC! But that was a great plane, still is, just a shame they're gone from the U.S. fleets.

I can't think of a Boeing today that can make the slam dunk as the B727 could "if we can see the threshold we can land on it"....and love the look with only the middle LED just hanging out there.

Quoting Analog (Reply 1):
Those of us in the USA will have to refrain from discussing the matter for a little less than six months.

Nah, we can discuss it anytime.  highfive 



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User currently offlineLGBFltTrainer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7352 times:

YEAH FOR THE 727...

As someone who grew up 5 minutes from BUR, and having spent many an hour watching flights in/out during my youth (back when you could actually sit in the terminal), I grew a fondness for the PSA Smiley Jets...still the best livery EVER (IMHO)!!!

Cheers to 727 Day!!!

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Overt enthusiast...like that's a BAD thing?
User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7304 times:

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 4):
Let's brighten up this thread with some pictures

Thanks for putting the pics up.......love that National and Continental meat ball.....PanAm & Delta livery are classics in my mind.



Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7293 times:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 7):
As in quiet?   

I think it was Eastern Airlines named their B727's "Whisper Jet".

Yeah - for the PAX, not the spotters though...  biggrin 


User currently offlineMeister808 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 973 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7224 times:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 7):
On descent into EWR the noise level was so high at 330 KIAS that I had to hold that lovely headset tight on my ears just to hear ATC!



Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 10):
Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 7):

I think it was Eastern Airlines named their B727's "Whisper Jet".

Yeah - for the PAX, not the spotters though...

Yeah, not for the pilots either, thats for sure.

Beautiful plane though.

-Meister



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User currently offlinePennPal From United States of America, joined May 2004, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7126 times:

Great post, MEA-707!! It did, in fact, brighten my day!!


My first commercial flight was on an Eastern 727 from FMY to ATL in the summer of 1977...I still remember it vividly!!! What a great aircraft it was...too bad we no longer have its graceful lines to liven up a ramp anymore!!


User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7062 times:

Quoting LGBFltTrainer (Reply 8):
I grew a fondness for the PSA Smiley Jets...still the best livery EVER (IMHO)!!!

Same applies for the following:



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Next trip: SLC-LAX-JFK-LAX-SLC on AA, gotta say goodbye to my beloved 762!
User currently offlineN405MX From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1378 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6996 times:

Here are some of mine, these guys are not crossing Mexican skies, but still flying in children imagination.


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Saludos



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4627 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6983 times:

Lovely aircraft... flew on it twice, both Ansett 727-277Adv just before they were retired. When sitting up the front, you couldn't hear the engines, just the sound of the wind rushing over the fuselage. Unbelievably quiet!

There's a lot to be said for the rear engined layout. Always loved the rear airstair on the 727 as well - a shame no-other aircraft have that.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently onlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6947 times:

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 3):
Wasn't the 727 the first "whisper-jet"


 rotfl  I think it can barely meet Stage III requirements with a hushkit. I suppose it is compared to a Concorde or Convair 990...  Wink



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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6936 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 16):
I suppose it is compared to a Concorde or Convair 990...

Nope, the original 707 and DC-8 water wagons.



Next trip: SLC-LAX-JFK-LAX-SLC on AA, gotta say goodbye to my beloved 762!
User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6912 times:

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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6823 times:

Quoting Glom (Thread starter):
The date is 7/2/7.

Huh? Its not August 2, 2007. Its Feb 7, 2007. But I do see where you are going with this.



A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6821 times:

In almost every other part of the world it IS 07/02/2007, with the date first..


Next trip: SLC-LAX-JFK-LAX-SLC on AA, gotta say goodbye to my beloved 762!
User currently onlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6796 times:

A few people forget that WN experimented with the type as well...


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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6788 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 21):
A few people forget that WN experimented with the type as well...

How long did that even last......6 months to a year??



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User currently onlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6784 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 22):
How long did that even last......6 months to a year??

Longer than that...IIRC, it went from 1981-1986...all birds were leased from PeopleExpress.



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4952 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6779 times:

But a lot of pilots I know (myself included) and europeans think the date is 7207. I suppose you could shorten it to 727.

My favourite livery on a 727 is either the original BN End of the Plane Plane livery or the NW livery of the late 60's early 70's.



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25 Glom : What aircraft is the 827?
26 IAHFLYR : Thought it was more like early '85 till something like '87. I was able to ride on them from HOU-LAX a couple of times during time the leased Peoples
27 Post contains images KELPkid : OPNL, you around in here? Know the dates of your company's 727 ops?
28 Post contains images IAHFLYR : You know he is lurking someplace........
29 LTBEWR : I recall being on several 727's operated on the Pan Am and Eastern Shuttles, including using the tail stairs in the 1980's, as well with TWA, and othe
30 Post contains links and images ClassicLover : View Large View MediumPhoto © Sunbird Photos by Don Boyd Classic 727 shot in one of my favourite liveries of all time.
31 Af773atmsp : I'm glad Champion Air kept the 727. I flew on a Champion 727 from MSP-MCO. The only passenger 727s at MSP are in the Champion Air scheme.
32 Post contains images CV990 : Hi! That's right, 727 day!!! What a great airplane the 727 was ( still is...just a bit!!! ), I grew up watching the 727 in LIS, TAP got a bunch of the
33 Viscount724 : And this Friday is the 44th anniversary of the 727's first flight Feb. 9, 1963. Friday is also the 38th anniversary of the 747's first flight Feb. 9,
34 Grantcv : Actually, last Thursday, Feb 1, was the 43rd anniversary of the first commercial 727 flight. And my 43rd anniversary too! I feel a bond with the B727.
35 Sampa737 : I remember in the 80s when MEM was a UA mini-hub. UA flew 727s and it was a cool site to see several of them lined up at the same time. The 727 is my
36 BNinMSY : If I recall correctly WN's 727's were actually leased from Braniff International. AND Braniff had the coolest 727's in the Ultra scheme!
37 BPS3458 : What a coincidence. Saw a DHL 727 take-off from BNE around 8:25 AM and was wondering if this was a charter or if the flight was delayed as I have neve
38 BostonGuy : My first 727 flight was on National Airlines from MCO to TPA in 1968. Other airline 727's I flew on that I can remember are: Delta & Delta Shuttle Eas
39 PIA777 : I wish they came out with a new 727 , same shape and size but with a Glass Cockpit. I can't wait till July 7, 07, 777 day. PIA777
40 AlexPorter : Silly Europeans and your dating systems! Anyway, I did notice the date today, and I was thinking that come July, when the (American) 7/2/(0)7 and othe
41 Western727 : I first flew on a Western 722 from PDX-SNA in '80 when I was 6, hence my username. Love (with aviation) at first flight. I miss seeing and flying on
42 Post contains links SuseJ772 : I tried to create a the Ultimate Boeing/A.Net Challenge in part taking advantage of days like these, I didn't get too many takers.
43 Post contains images Jogales : In the US, it should be SST day.. 2/7/07 Josh
44 Post contains images WesternA318 : Heh, join the club! My first 727 flight was Western SLC-YVR in 82 or so. "It's like the whole damn wing is coming unglued!!"
45 Post contains links and images KevinSmith : I had many trips on the 727 on many different airlines. NW, UA, Delta, Champion, and Sun Country. All of them were great and I can remember each one c
46 Post contains images Nwarooster : I worked on 727s for years. I enjoyed every minute. February 7 is my birthday also.
47 Post contains links and images Monteycarlos : Jumpseated from Melbourne to Sydney on this baby the other day! It was the smoothest flight I've ever had and also my first on the B727. View Large Vi
48 JBo : Well the rest of the world can celebrate 727 day now, and 737 day next month... Us Americans? We're going to wait and take the entire first week of Ju
49 DH106 : Well, it seems to me that both the European (dd/mm/yy) & Japanese (yy/mm/dd) are far more logical than the US system. The time units ascend or descen
50 Post contains links and images JCKastrup : I remember my first trip on a 727 when i was a little kid. I was allowed to sit in the cockpit during landing in Larnaca - Cyprus during a holiday. (M
51 IAHFLYR : I've not heard that before but if they were they had Peoples tail numbers that is for sure.....clearly visible is the PE in reply 21!
52 Post contains links and images AirframeAS : You *BLEEP!*.... I never said that nor was that ever my intention. As to the thread....don't forget the 727's AS had... View Large View MediumPhoto &
53 Post contains images ImperialEagle : I was fortunate enough to attend EA's "open house" to get aqquainted with the 727 in November 1963. EA had just taken delivery of the aircraft and it
54 Post contains links and images Aleksandar : I agree with MEA-707. I also never had a bad flight on 727. And I'd like to add some photos of 727s that bring some nice memories back to me. A long t
55 WesternA318 : Apparantly, AS leased an airframe or more from BN?
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