TUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1838 posts, RR: 5 Posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8096 times:
Found this on YouTube a while ago, but never got around to posting it here. Figured there should be some people whom this would make happy. TWA's last revenue 727 flight from MSY-STL (i forget the exact date but sometime in 2000). Also this is the same aircraft (N64339) which was hijacked as TWA 847.
PC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2339 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7626 times:
Wow, wow, wow. That really jarred the memory banks. All gates occupied on C, big red & whites, class people, a busy STL. I did not work for TWA so I have one question, what was with the pig? Im assuming it was a nickname for the 727 but I'd love to hear about it.
Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 5): I miss TWA more than most people I know...and they always ask why I was so fond of them, *sigh* they'll never understand...
I hear ya man. Watching that video just tugged at my heart. I was there that day when the good 'ole three holer did the fly by. I just remember a slew of ramp workers wandering closer to the runway to get a good glimpse at her.
TWA may be gone, but they are still flying to many people.
P.S. RIP Robert Stethem.
Just when I think you've said the stupidest thing ever, you keep talkin'!
N710PS From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 4 Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7377 times:
WOW! Memories. I grew up flying TWA and living under the ILS to the 31's at JFK which always was TWA 727 city. I miss it so dearlyu. It actually alomost hurts when I drive past the old TWA terminal and it is dead and quiet at JFK.
There is plenty of room for Gods animals, right next to the mashed potatoes!
PC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2339 posts, RR: 5 Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7358 times:
There was another nice video listed on the right, I think labelled "the Legacy of TWA". Somone put together a collage of TWA aircraft ranging from the DC-3 through the 747. Using what looks like Microsoft Flight Sim, it appears that there is a "plot" that all the aircraft meet at JFK for the last time.
Just when I think you've said the stupidest thing ever, you keep talkin'!
EXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7324 times:
Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 7): was wondering if the TWA 727 was out of the fleet before the AA takeover, but looks like it was right before.
yes, Unfortunately TWA was doing a great job getting their costs down by parking L10s and 727s before other airline parked their three holers, but it wasnt enough..by late 2000 TWA had a pretty efficent fleet with 717s M80s, 757s and 763s. If they only had been able to do so back in the mid 1990s maybe they might have made it.
They bit the bullet and dumped JFK and closed many cities in Europe
Convair880 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 8 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7100 times:
great video-loved that airplane-
I flew to MIA in 1983? just to ride the last TWA 707 trip--MIA-JFK in a 707-331B-lost the reg of that one--
they made very little fuss about it-served us champagne but most pax couldn't care less--
I took everything not nailed to the airplane with me-
as we approached JFK from the south we were outside 250kt speed limit below 10,000 feet, so the Captain let it rip--
320 kts at 3,000 feet was very loud, fast and way cool!!
turns out, they put pax on the airplane the next day to reposition it to Kansas City, so I was on the last planned trip, not the last actual one
Access-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 14 Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6848 times:
My very first flights on the 727 were in 1987 on TWA......STL-MCI on 737-031 N833TW and back from MCI-STL on 727-231, N12303. They were, unfortunately the only two TWA 727s that I ever had the opprtunity to fly on.. Ironically, the Captain of the 727 ride over to Kansas City was John Zaeske, that lives in the same town I do> whats even stranger is that his Mother delviered me at birth and his Father was the doctor that saved my life as an infant from a complication at birth. Who would have thought just 21 years later I would be flown by him on my very first 727 ride???......Did I mention his Sister was the social worker I saw when I was in grade school?? Spooky eh? Anyway..............
I miss seeing ANY 727s as they are too rare nowadays and unfortunately relegated to carrying cargo or in 3rd world countries. Oh well...
WhiteBirdFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6835 times:
Yes, yes and yes: it was the people that made TWA special. I miss that airline a lot, too.
And thanks for posting the video: hearing the engines as they approached the gate brought me back to many, many happy trips on 727's. Very distinctive sound those tri-motors.
And also, for folks that will "never understand" what all the TWA fuss was about because they didn't have the fortune to fly with (or for) them, consider this: TWA was called a "legacy" airline not only because it was one of the first carriers but also because they had a Legacy to leave, a proud history to display, and millions of flying hours of experience that will never be equaled again.
Sure, Southwest is fun, Delta is doing better, trans-atlantic travel is getting more comfortable again...but. Some things don't always get better with time and some things that have been lost should not have been. At least it will not be forgotten around here.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1432 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6812 times:
My last 727 flight was on TWA between St. Louis and San Antonio in July of 1998. I enjoy seeing the CAT 727 land at Tucson on a frequent basis.
Other 727 observations.
I saw a Champion 727 in Tucson last Tuesday and noticed a Kingfisher 727 parked on the west end of the airport where planes are in storage. This one had the doors open and work being done on it.
25 DTW757: My first 727 flight was with Piedmont in 1987. I first flew a TWA 727 in 1989 and after that many more 727's with TWA. I was even lucky enough to fly
26 Kuna: Great find...Makes me miss TWA and the 727.
27 PanAm747: On a related note, does anyone know what has since become of N64339? It's a very historic plane, and deserves to be remembered.
28 TUNisia: It's out in Victorville as of 5/2002. Was sold to TISHOMINGO LLC. Sad !
29 Clipper707: Wonderful seeing TWA's B-727 again!! Thanks for the memories! Clipper 707
30 STLGph: I miss TWA. When I first set foot into Saint Louis in the fall of 2000, I was surrounded by TWA flight attendants in my apartment building. I'd make t
31 F9Animal: Oh yes, I miss them like hell too. The 727 is such a rare treat to see anymore. Great video, and great tribute to TWA. I miss them sooooo sooooo much
32 N905TW: Great video, lots of memories there, thank you for posting it! Time sure does fly, that seems like just yesterday.... Just noticed they posted a seque
33 TUNisia: Thanks for posting those videos. Especially the second link with the intra-euro routes video. Those TWA employees were really amazing. I remember fly
34 PC12Fan: That does it - I'm saving this thread. Absolutely marvelous.
35 Boeing743: I think that I flew on TWA 727 on TWA from STL-IND. I also had been flew on boeing 727 aboard on AA, UA and probably DL but not sure. Boeing 727 are t