American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4158 posts, RR: 12 Posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 18443 times:
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After so much going on with the retirement of the A300 at American, I thought it would also be nice to post a tribute to the venerable three-holer since it has now been out of production for 25 years. The last of the 1831 built 727's rolled out of the Renton plant in September of 1984, a 727-200F built for Fed Ex.
Wing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1578 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 18187 times:
My father was a captain of B727,I was very lucky to ride the jumpseat countless times on that beautiful bird.I can say easily it had a great influence that I became an airline pilot today.We sure miss those .83 mach cruise speeds nowadays.
Vhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1515 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 18109 times:
Was the 727-200LR ever an official variant or was it just an internal AN term for a higher MTOW Adv. model with an extra fuel tank. I can't seem to find anything else mentioning it outside of AN. AN had 4 built in 1981 designed to be able to do SYD-PER nonstop with a full payload against headwinds something the Adv. model couldn't do year round. But apart from that I don't know if anyone else brough this variant.
But yes the 727 was a great I only can remember one flight and that was in December 1994 from DRW-ADL on one of these AN LR models.
"There you go ladies and gentleman we're through Mach 1 the speed of sound no bumps no bangs... CONCORDE"
Peterpuck From Canada, joined Jun 2004, 323 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 17689 times:
From a pilots perspective it's a real joy to fly the 727. A real pilots airplane. I love when the autopilot is MEL'd and you hand fly it at .87 mach. (as long as it's a one hour leg any longer can get pretty tiring)
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8076 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 17634 times:
And to think Boeing nearly built a twin-engined 727 powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW2037 or Rolls-Royce RB.211-535 engines. That model would likely have extended the production life of the 727 well into the 1990's.
N405MX From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1378 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 17436 times:
Lovely plane, the best plane, very noble (for ops) you can loaded with almost everything, really miss it on the skies, fortunately I have the chance to see those "viejo sietes" here in MTY from Capital Cargo that send them weekly.
Life is what happens when you have other plans.....
Quoting Wing (Reply 2): We sure miss those .83 mach cruise speeds
Truly a testament to one of the best birds to ever grace our skies. This just goes to prove, they don't make them like they used to. I've always considered the 757 as the 727 replacement. The two go hand in hand for some reason.
Just remember to always appreciate every time you see a 757...they are indeed the last best jet of our lifetime, and only because the 727 existed.
JoseKMLB From United States of America, joined May 2008, 493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 16183 times:
My fav bird ALL TIME and I would always look for a 727 when I was flying to make sure I booked that flight. Mostly ATL-AUS on DLs 27s. When they did an equip sub to bring it here it was like gold to me I really loved that plane.
Saab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 16116 times:
I've only ever ridden on a 727 one time, from MSP-DCA on Northwest, about 10 years ago. My recollection was of a pretty shallow 'cruise climb' over Wisconsin, not the steep deck angle we see on the Airbus 320 or Boeing 737.
I am tempted to take a jumpseat ride on FedEx while I still can. I did it on the DC-8 a few years ago at UPS just because I wanted to ride on one before they were all retired. Worth it!
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4534 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 15900 times:
One of the greatest airplanes ever made. At medium-size US markets like my home ROC, the 727 was the largest scheduled passenger airplane flown for many years. During the years it operated there--the mid 1960's to 2003--its economics made it suitable for all sorts of flights: nonstop hub flights, milk runs, and even many PTP flights to big business centers like NYC and DC. Its six-across cabin gave pax comfort on a wide variety of flights. I was always happy to see that a flight was on a 727--and I flew on countless 727's on many carriers over the years. Scores of US markets that today are mostly populated by RJ's saw many big, comfy 727's during the 70's and 80's.
At an airport that has never broken 3 million pax per year, 727's were flown by every carrier that operated them because they were so versatile. At ROC, AA, UA, EA, US/ AL, PI, RC, PE, NW, CO, and DL all operated 727s at one time or another. I flew them on most of those carriers.
My favorite 727 paint scheme remains the UA 70's and 80's colors, after their tweaking in the late 80's that lowered the cheatline a bit and enlarged the titles.
AncientPelican From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 15801 times:
What a great aircraft! My first jet flight was on a Pan AM 727-100, After that, I've flown it on American, Eastern, Delta, Northwest, Western, Braniff, United, TWA, Alaska, Piedmont, Air Canada, Mexicana, Air1, Trans Caribbean, Air France, Lufthansa, Lan Chile, Ansett, Republic, Air Jamaica, Continental, and at least another half dozen carriers I've forgotten!
Type-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 15650 times:
In the late 60's early 70's these were quite ubiquitous aircraft all over the place. I considered them boring just as we consider the 737 today as boring. From a passenger standpoint, I loved to fly on them. I never thought I'd see the day when they would be rare!
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26382 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 15494 times:
Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 19): In the late 60's early 70's these were quite ubiquitous aircraft all over the place. I considered them boring just as we consider the 737 today as boring. From a passenger standpoint, I loved to fly on them. I never thought I'd see the day when they would be rare!
Agreed. Most trips in the U.S. in the 60s and 70s usually involved at least one 727. The best part of flying a 727 was watching the wing disassemble itself on approach/landing due to the complex flaps/spoilers/slats.
From memory, my 727 flights were on CP Air, Air Canada, United, American, Delta, Continental, Northwest, Northeast, TWA, Pan Am, Eastern, Western, Braniff, Hughes Airwest, PSA, Air France, Alitalia, Lufthansa, TAP, South African, Ansett Australia. Interestingly, half of those airlines no longer exist.
TaxPilot From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 100 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 15116 times:
Fantastic airplane. I got my turbojet Flight Engineers ticket on a United 727. In those days the training was all in the sim, but we had to rent 20 minutes time on a United training flight to get our FAA check rides. Later everything was done in the simulator.
Flyabunch From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 517 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 14943 times:
In my first 20 years of flying, probably more than 70% of the flights were on 727's. My favorites were, of course, those flown by PSA. The smile was always the best. I can recall also flying on United, Bonanza, Delta, Piedmont, Eastern, Western, Continental, Hughes Airwest, and TWA.
My last 727 flight was on United TPA-DEN about 10 years ago. I remember thinking that I wouldn't get a chance to do it much longer and I was right. Took a seat behind the wing so I could watch that wonderful wing action.
Oh, and American
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: Amazing. Not too many years ago (or so I like to convince myself), I'd be saying "not another 727!" when flying somewhere. It's now pretty much imposs
: Bonanza is the only one in that group that didn't operate the 727. You probably flew on one of their 4 DC-9-10s. They were the first U.S. local servi
: My favorite painted 727's,to no ones surprise, PSA,Pacific Southwest Airlines of California which I'm very humbled to US for keeping the smiler flying
: I agree w Type-Rated's comment. In the 70's and 80's, I was actually kind of bummed getting the 727 all of time as well. Now I can't believe I even th
: Flew many times on 727s, Pan Am FRF down to Ankara Turkey in 1977, many TWAs, Eastern, Northwest, and Delta. Up to at least 1997 Delta offered 727s fr
: I rember flying 727 on DL, UA and Pan AM. I think my last 727 was in 1989 or so -- pan am MIA -- DFW. A friend works for FEDEX and flies 727. She trul
32 United Airline
: How many did UA have? 75? Any B 727 operators still? US used to fly LAX-SFO with a B 727 in the 80s right? I remember flying on one when I was a kid
: At least domestically, FEDEX still has them. I don't know if UPS does or not. Dave
: 25 years out of production... wow. I remember riding on DL's f quite a few times when I was growing up. To think, the youngest is 25 years old and FX
: I flew the 727 (-200 only) for World Airways, Piedmont and US Air from 1985 to 1991 as flight engineer and co-pilot. As a previous poster said, a pilo
: they did build it , they called it the 757
37 Max Q
: The best handling narrowbody ever made, beautiful to fly and beautifully engineered. The first jet I flew and it was a privilege. They really don't ma
: - Even though I still would rather sit in an aisle seat, in the 727 I always wanted a window just aft of the wings. I was amazing to watch those wing
: One aspect of flying the 727 I really liked was the three crew members. Having a third mind in the cockpit was a big safety benefit. Of course, econom
40 American 767
: During the 80's, they had over 150 of those, if not 180. As many have pointed out, the 727's were very popular in major airlines during the 70's and
: I along with several others agree, the Boeing 727 was the airliner that got us interested in aviation. I thought the Boeing 757 should have been the 7
: I am very fortunate to be able to fly on UA's 722's back in 1989 from SEA-DEN (Stapleton)-BWI-ORD-SEA. And on CO as well, IIRC.... (Did CO have any 72
43 Max Q
: I think so, I certainly remember flying there out of IAH for a short layover..
: I flew on a DL 722 in Jun '89 SLC-HLN-FCA. As other people have said, its the airplane that got a lot of us interested in aviation. It was a fast, goo