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Today (5/31) Is Champions Last Day :(  
User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7507 posts, RR: 7
Posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3987 times:

What a sad day for 727 fans like myself.Today is Champion's last day of operations. No more pax 727's in the US (AFAIK). I will always remember seeing them in LAS (hell,I remember seeing SY DC-10's!).Sad,but their 727's will probably not find new owners,as 727 freighters are becoming more rare. I always like seeing the yellow DHL 727 flying overhead when i walk to work in the am.


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User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3892 times:

This is sad...when I worked on the ramp for Skywest in Denver I loved seeing that 727 barrel in making all kinds of noise. Airplanes these days are just getting too quiet. I miss the old loud airplanes that you could smell the Jet A from a mile away =)

User currently offlineNwAflyer07 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

I'm just glad I got to fly the 727 when I did.. DTW-PBI back in 2000. I will miss those planes so much... Sad to see another airline go. Hopefully the industry rebounds in the coming years.

User currently offlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1411 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3735 times:

Flightaware shows:

CCP8705 LAX to Marana (KMZJ) last Tuesday (Tue 27 May)
CCP8000 MSP to Opa Locka (KOPF) last Wednesday (Wed 28 May)
CCP8001 DFW to San Bernardino (KSBD) yesterday (Fri 30 May)
CCP8002 MSP to San Bernardino (KSBD) yesterday as well
CCP8003 DFW to Opa Locka (KOPF) late pm yesterday as well
CCP8004 OKC to Opa Locka (KOPF) early this morning (Sat 31 May)

probably all for storage



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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4898 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3734 times:

 cry 

So long, Champion! And 727's!



Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3729 times:

It's sad the sudden demise the 727 experienced partly due to 9/11.

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7507 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

OPF is not a good sign for storage...MZJ maybe,but OPF means certain death (too humid)  Sad  Sad


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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4898 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3697 times:



Quoting RJ111 (Reply 5):
It's sad the sudden demise the 727 experienced partly due to 9/11.

You mean the issues with finances in the airline industry around 9/11? If I recall correctly, it's been like this since 2000 or so.



Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7507 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

I just found this site for Champion merch. They have some neat stuff.

http://www.cafepress.com/tubbytrans/2444302



'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineJetmatt777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2817 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3589 times:

This sucks. No one could take me tothe airport to see the last (daytime) arrival at OKC for Champion. Sad.

-Matt



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4342 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3528 times:

I was in Cochabamba, Bolivia this week and one Champion Air 727 was there at the LAB maintenance area with US registration and full colours. We got a ramp tour and a LAB person said they would get around a dozen Champion 727s, some just for overhaul and 3 to be introduced into LAB service. So there might be good news on the survival chances of these aircraft.
Did Pan Am III stop definitefely with their 727s, even as Boston Maine or whatever? In that case indeed today saw the final pax 727s in the USA.



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7507 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3487 times:



Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 10):
I was in Cochabamba, Bolivia this week and one Champion Air 727 was there at the LAB maintenance area with US registration and full colours. We got a ramp tour and a LAB person said they would get around a dozen Champion 727s, some just for overhaul and 3 to be introduced into LAB service. So there might be good news on the survival chances of these aircraft.

That's good news...It breaks my heart to see 727's scrapped  Sad That might explain the OPF flights...



'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3470 times:

Always a sad day when a 727 operator goes under. Boy I sure do miss taking a 727-200 Advanced out of MSY's runway 1 and using up damn near every inch of the runway on a hot summer's day. Hearing those JT8D's roar to life was an awesome experience.

Long live the 727...the finest narrowbody every built.


User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3400 times:



Quoting United_Fan (Thread starter):
I always like seeing the yellow DHL 727 flying overhead when i walk to work in the am.

You won't be seeing those much longer either most likely, so take pics and savor it while you can.


User currently offlineSNCntry32 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3349 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 12):
Always a sad day when a 727 operator goes under.

NW no doublty caused this by pulling the NBA contracts and bringing them back in house. Champion was always the bastard daughter NW didnt want to admit they had..

Good luck to all the employees at Champion.

Vicki, if your reading this, you have some amazing storys from Champion.



Long Live Memphis!
User currently offlineDalb777 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

Is the 727 that had a mechanical problem at MSY that caused the San Antonio Spurs to sleep on the plane still at MSY? I know it was still on the ramp days after the problem, with no work being done to it.


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User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

Whatever happened to Champion? I always saw their planes at DTW - they helped NW through all the mechanics issues, and I thought they were a very solid charter service. I guess I just don't understand what happened

User currently offlineFlyusairways From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

I flew on MG500 last night (5/30) on OKC-LAS before continuing on to ELP. We got the water cannon salute at OKC before takeoff. It was rather emotional, but the crew was absolutely fantastic considering the circumstances. They even made sure I got off the plane first in LAS because of my extremely tight connection to US. Once I finish up some other work I will try to put an extensive trip report together with pictures and videos.

Thank you to all of the employees of Champion who made my flight something I will never forget. You were outstanding.



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User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1935 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3015 times:

As far a OPF is concerned, it is not always "doom and gloom". In the old days, there is no doubt that a flight to OPF was a trip to the guillotine, but today, that is not always true. Many aircraft going to OPF have gone onto another life, but unfortunately, most either went to Africa, South America or CIS states and may have met their demise there. Long live the 727!

User currently offline146CREW From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

Anyone know how to download the Marketing Video featuring their aircraft http://www.championair.com/champion/video.htm

I'd love to save it!



Cross check complete.
User currently offlineMark5388916 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2944 times:



Quoting GCT64 (Reply 3):
CCP8001 DFW to San Bernardino (KSBD) yesterday (Fri 30 May)
CCP8002 MSP to San Bernardino (KSBD) yesterday as well

I live here in Riverside so im going to have to see about getting over there. I remember flying on a UA 727 MSY-DEN pre 9/11 in a severe TS. Now that was fun for say a 10 year old aviation nut!

Mark



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User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1981 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2743 times:



Quoting GCT64 (Reply 3):
Flightaware shows:

CCP8705 LAX to Marana (KMZJ) last Tuesday (Tue 27 May)
CCP8000 MSP to Opa Locka (KOPF) last Wednesday (Wed 28 May)
CCP8001 DFW to San Bernardino (KSBD) yesterday (Fri 30 May)
CCP8002 MSP to San Bernardino (KSBD) yesterday as well
CCP8003 DFW to Opa Locka (KOPF) late pm yesterday as well
CCP8004 OKC to Opa Locka (KOPF) early this morning (Sat 31 May)

probably all for storage

2 others headed to ARG/Walnut Ridge, AR, though only 1 can still be accessed on flightaware's site, this one from the 28th of May. The other one I think was around the 24th or 25th.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/CCP8704



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User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1935 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

Now, going to Walnut Ridge is NOT good. That is one place where big jets fly in, but rarely ever leave in one piece  Sad

User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

I got to fly one of these back in 2006 fron DEN to SPS (Wichita Falls, Texas) for part of an ROTC program. The main part of our program was at Buckley AFB in Colorado but our incentive rides were at Sheppard AFB in Texas, so for our group, a Champion Air 727 was used. 25 cadets and cadre on a 150+ seat airplane. What a thrill.  Smile

User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5080 posts, RR: 28
Reply 24, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

This is a very sad ending to Champion. The aircraft they chose to stick with were just not going to make it in todays rough market. I will miss the 727's in their colors. They were very sweet looking, and had lots of character. I miss you Champion. I hope the employees find work. The flight engineer job is becoming so very rare.


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25 Post contains links OPNLguy : Maybe these folks are expanding... http://www.fly-low.com/feat1205/pinnarg.html
26 MSYtristar : " target=_blank>http://www.fly-low.com/feat1205/pinn....html Ok, I gotta check that place out. Who says they don't serve meals on WN? (and yes, you c
27 A340Spotter : Ironically, in the same week that the Champion Air goes in, one of the long stored Independence Air CRJs, N620BR, flew out (to BDL, see that thread..
28 727LOVER : As of the same day that Champion quit, Aerosur sent into MIA what may its last 727 flight. If so, the May 31,2008 is the LAST day of pax 727 service i
29 Af773atmsp : I flew Champion Air from MSP to MCO. Very nice flight. I'll miss the passenger 727s at MSP.
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