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Ex-Champion Air 727 Still In Full Colors (Video)  
User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 891 posts, RR: 5
Posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

I took my camera out to BUR (07/09/10) and got this Boeing 727-2S7/Adv (N686CA)/(cn 22021/1617) on video still in full Champion Air colors with titles and all. I've heard it's ready to be painted to possibly be used as a VIP aircraft. Are there any others out there with titles and all? I thought some of you may enjoy seeing a classic especially since Champion Air has been out of business since May 2008, enjoy.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KI3cH7O6r4

Ryan



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User currently offlinemrskyguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3791 times:

Great video.. certainly unexpected to see a 722 "rebirthed" for VIP work. She's kitted, so it certainly makes some sense.

How'd you get the ramp access?



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User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 891 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

mrskyguy, thanks man! I have a friend that works there that can escort me if they're available.

User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12877 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3771 times:
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Wow, that's really nice. I only ever saw one Champion 727, but I loved it!

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User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 891 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3748 times:

Great shot Steve!

I sure loved the days at LAS when it was around 100F watching these beauties struggle to leave the ground, and then struggle to get some altitude. Those were magical days!


User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7540 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

There are still some in OPF. I'm surprised to see a 727 at such a noise-sensitive airport like BUR.


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User currently onlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12179 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3417 times:

Great to see this B-727 still flying. I remember when she, and her sisters at CA would RON at DFW on the GA ramp when they were still flying charters out of DFW to LVS, CUN, etc.

User currently offlineCodyKDiamond From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 537 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3376 times:

It is great to see that some of their 727s are still around.

N696CA is in a white and orange paint scheme at OPF along with the famous N697CA in full MG colors and titles. Up until yesterday N683CA was in full colors and titles until she was sadly scrapped.


User currently offlineaf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2714 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3359 times:

Thank you for the video! I was wondering if there were any Champion Air jets still in full colors. I hope that 727 will be reused as a VIP aircraft. I still miss seeing passenger 727s at MSP.  


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User currently offlineLVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

N685CA is still in full c/s and titles in front of Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano's hangar in Cochabamba, Bolivia, since April 2008. It was meant to join the semi-dead airline's fleet together with some other ex-Champions, but 685 was the only one that made it to Bolivia and apparently with incomplete paperwork so the authorities never granted it a CofA.

N-reg was cancelled on 9/22/08, but never painted-out on the aircraft as no CP- reg has since been allocated. The aircraft will thus die "in limbo", in all likelihood.

Aloha,

/ZXV



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User currently offlineAERDINGUS From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2860 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

Thanks for sharing, have never gotten to see so many perspectives up close with a 727 before.


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User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2960 times:

We used to see Champions 727's at HOU quite often for sports charters. Beautiful aircraft. And Champion kept those aircraft spotlessly clean.

User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7540 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

I should have taken a pic of the two in OPF I saw in Feb. I too remember listening to the JT8D's popping taking off @ LAS when it's 110 out. Taking up a lot of 25R,too.


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