MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4402 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7540 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:
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.
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!
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.
Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
LGBFltTrainer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7471 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)!!!
PennPal From United States of America, joined May 2004, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7245 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!!
ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4717 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7102 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!