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When The 727 Was The Backbone Of The Fleets  
User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3800 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9981 times:
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For those of you who are fond of this classic, like myself, here is a video that I would like to share with you.
Ah the good old days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMsd8h_TSds&feature=fvsr

My thought: The 727 is a big classic in civil aviation like Shakespeare is a big classic in English literature.

We miss her.


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User currently offlineCODC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2412 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9969 times:

Great video. I recall this montage being included in an old Paul Havis video on the 727 from the early 90s. I believe it is stock footage from Boeing. Nice to see "Ju Ju" in there!  

User currently offlineflyorski From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9941 times:

When I see these videos I am pleased with how far aviation has progressed  


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User currently offlineContnlEliteCMH From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1459 posts, RR: 44
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9696 times:

Best-looking airliner ever produced, in my opinion. The tail is simply majestic.


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User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9428 times:

Great video. The 727 was such a great looking machine.

User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5521 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9069 times:

Thanks for posting that - what a treat, all eye-candy!


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26499 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9055 times:

I'm among the minority that never liked the 727. Always a Boeing fan, but never liked the 727.


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User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6923 posts, RR: 63
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8968 times:

By the late '70s / early '80s the -200Adv was the 'must have' airliner for short-haul use. It seemed to be everywhere.

Sadly, I only ever got to fly on five of them: Dan-Air, Delta, Continental and Aerolineas Argentinas (2). Great planes.


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13608 posts, RR: 61
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8943 times:
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Quoting American 767 (Thread starter):
My thought: The 727 is a big classic in civil aviation like Shakespeare is a big classic in English literature.

Back in the day when I was a punk kid non-revving on EA all the time, I remember thinking, "Aw man, not another 727!" when getting on a flight, as I was hoping for an A300 or L1011.

And of course now I'd kill for the opportunity to fly a commercial flight with B727 equipment! Funny thing, perspective...



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3941 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8936 times:

A classic for sure

I got to fly B 727's with

Pan Am
Mexicana
American Airlines
Sterling Airways
Lufthansa


User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2007 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8881 times:
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For those of us of "a certain age" the 727 was the most common aircraft type flown, particularly in North America. Over the course of several decades, I've managed to fly 727s on:
Pan Am
TWA
American
United
Eastern
Delta
Continental
Northwest
National
Western
Piedmont
US Air
Air Canada
Air Jamaica
Lufthansa
Royal Jordanian
Iran Air
Air Afrique (wet lease from JAT)

Edited to remove funky code errors on defunct airlines

[Edited 2012-01-20 23:23:43]


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User currently offlinewarden145 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8813 times:

Quoting CODC10 (Reply 1):
I recall this montage being included in an old Paul Havis video on the 727 from the early 90s.

I actually still have that Paul Havis Video...it was called "Building and Test-Flying the Boeing 727 and 747". I probably watched that video once or twice a week when I was in middle school...I had the whole thing memorized by 8th grade  There was a similar montage for the 747 also; not sure if that ever made it to YouTube.

Quoting PM (Reply 7):
Sadly, I only ever got to fly on five of them: Dan-Air, Delta, Continental and Aerolineas Argentinas (2). Great planes.

You're lucky that you got to fly on any of them...while I remember seeing countless 727's flying into both SJC and LAX (as well as SFO, but I didn't go there as often as a child), I never had an opportunity to fly one...flew on countless MD-80's and JT-8D-powered 737's, but never got a 727 flight.    Magnificent ship, although she can't take the "most beautiful" crown away from the mighty 707 IMHO. The 727 can share the #2 spot with the 747 on my list  



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User currently offlineghifty From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8750 times:

Quoting PA110 (Reply 10):

For those of us of "a certain age" the 727 was the most common aircraft type flown, particularly in North America. Over the course of several decades, I've managed to fly 727s on:
Pan Am
TWA
American
United
Eastern
Delta
Continental
Northwest
National
Western
Piedmont
US Air
Air Canada
Air Jamaica
Lufthansa
Royal Jordanian
Iran Air
Air Afrique (wet lease from JAT)

Edited to remove funky code errors on defunct airlines

Oh, you make me jealous you!



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User currently onlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8568 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8740 times:
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Quoting PA110 (Reply 10):
For those of us of "a certain age" the 727 was the most common aircraft type flown, particularly in North America.

I'm 'of a certain age' too, however, in this part of the world 727's were few and far between ( although our neighbours, the Aussies, had plenty of them) so I have had a grand total of 1 727 flight , in 1988, on UA from YVR-SEA ( I had actually been ticketed on a CP flight operated by a 737-200, but they canned the flight and rerouted me. It seemed appropriate to me to arrive in Seattle in what was still at that time Boeing's most successful airliner. Amazing to think that back then a route such as YVR-SEA was flown by mainline aircraft.



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User currently offlinejetpilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8721 times:

The 727 was the best plane I ever flew. A pilots dream. I wish I could go back to it.

User currently offlineazoreslover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 757 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8643 times:
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This is my all-time favorite aircraft to fly on. And one of the most beautiful planes ever. Since my first 727 flight on TWA back in the 1960s I have been in love with it. Fortunately, over the years, I was lucky to be able to fly it uncounted times on various airlines, including up and down California on PSA a few times.

It was definitely becoming maintenance intensive, I suspect, if my final three flights on it are any indication. Two DL and one UA, and all three of my last 727 flights were delayed due to mx issues. But they were all fixed, and we did depart on those flights, although late.



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User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8436 times:

Very cool video! I'm also of the age where there was a time where nearly every flight was aboard a 727. I've flown aboard 727's operated by:

TWA
Delta
Eastern
American
UsAir
Continental
Peoplexpress
Mexicana
Northwest
Republic
Piedmont
Pan Am


User currently offlinemkh32404 From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8253 times:

Let's see.....I flew on B727's from the following:

Eastern: 100-200
Delta: 200
American: 100-200
Continental: 100-200
United: 200


User currently onlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5474 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8238 times:

I had a number of 727 flights with Pan Am's European operation, and a few domestically as well. My overwhelming memory is of the loudness. They were louder than JT8D-powered twins, louder than turbofan-powered DC-8s, louder than pretty much anything else I ever flew on.

But they sure do look pretty.


User currently offlineJAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8135 times:

I remember watching my Dad climb up into the AA 727s (with the old lightning bolt stripe) from the rear stairs on his business trips. We'd all head out to the airport in Tucson to wish him goodbye and then he'd head out across the tarmac to the rear entrance. I was green with envy!

User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8107 times:

Some may think I'm nuts, but I used to ask the gate agents if there were any seats in the last couple rows of a 727. Back there I usually had a row of seats to myself and I could sleep to the hum of those engines.    I miss the good ole 727.

User currently offlinetb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1597 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7740 times:

Quoting jetpilot (Reply 14):
The 727 was the best plane I ever flew. A pilots dream. I wish I could go back to it.

I feel so lucky to be on it right now. Too bad I'm on it towards the end of it's life, but at least I made it.  



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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13116 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7634 times:

I flew on 727's from the early 1980's to the mid-1990'sa number of times including on TWA, Eastern, PanAm, PeopleExpress, Trump, UA, US, including LGA-DCA, EWR/LGA to Florida and probably a few other places. I even remember using the tail stirs on them to exit af few times.

They were true workhorses, probably the first commercial a/c many were on in their era. The few today are freighters, a few pax charters or private a/c. Unfortunately, they did age, hours and cycled out, too noisy, became more difficult to fix and less affordable as to fuel usage. Of course some of their 'DNA' still exists in the 737, 757 and in part is connected to the great 707.


User currently offlineEWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7303 times:

I flew in 727s several dozen times. My flights were on:

United (100s and 200s)
American (200s)
Eastern (100s and 200s)
Delta (200s)
Piedmont (200s)
US Air (200s)
PeoplExpress (200s)
Kiwi Int'l (200s)
Continental (100s and 200s)
Air Canada (200s)

Lovely airplanes!


User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3624 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7238 times:

Other than the 747 and if built the 2707, the 727 is the best looking airliner that was design by Boeing. It even looks like it want to go fast.

25 Tomassjc : First 727 flight ...July 1967 UA 727-100 "California Commuter" (all Y class) SAN-LAX coming back from SeaWorld on my 9th birthday with the stewardesse
26 Post contains links and images bmacleod : Not sure about AC having the 727 as it's backbone but it came close. It had a similar number of passenger DC-8-'s from 1974-1983. View Large View Medi
27 Post contains links and images SCL767 : The B-727-100s were the backbone of LAN Chile's jet fleet from the late 1960's through the mid-1970's. LAN Chile B-727-116C at MIA: View Large View Me
28 Cargolex : That's a nice video. It was great seeing Eastern in there, as my family flew Eastern 727s several times, along with TWA, Delta, and United 727s over t
29 zippyjet : Great video! I especially got a kick out of the young boy feeding Bambi right as the 727 was rolling by.
30 maxpower1954 : I was fortunante to fly the 727 as co-pilot and flight engineer for World, Piedmont and USAir from 1985 to 1991. My favorite airliner of all time - it
31 Flyingsottsman : What a great video, certinly brings back memorys of Ansett and TAA later to become Australian applying their trades across Australia. Only flew 727 tw
32 deltadudejg : I honestly wish I was born a few years earlier, I started spotting when some of the very last 732s were flying around, I literally just missed the who
33 delta2ual : My favorite plane (next to the L1011). I remember working the DL Shuttle flights and I would walk down the back air stairs and sit and watch the plane
34 milesrich : The Three Holer was definitely the backbone of the domestic fleet as the young Eastern non rev'er stated, I too used to think, oh, another 727, and i
35 Viscount724 : I also wouldn't consider the 727 a backbone of AC's fleet. They were a late 727 customer (first one delivered 1974, a decade after most U.S. carries
36 Aircellist : Air Canada, Iberia and Air France...
37 CWAFlyer : Quite likely my favorite passenger airplane after the L-1011. The ones I've flown on TWA 100 and 200 United 200 Delta 200 Western 200 Sun Country 200
38 GSPSPOT : Man, I'd LOVE to see/hear a 727 on approach over my house into our local commercial airport! My family lived under an approach path to MOB growing up
39 RWA380 : I used to fly a lot between PDX & SEA back in the day just for fun, fares were cheap, flights were plentiful this was when almost every carrier fl
40 GSPSPOT :
41 TheRedBaron : I managed to fly in the 727-100 the 200 and the 200 ADV. If I remember correctly : Mexicana Western Airlines TWA Pan Am Iberia Taca American Airlines
42 Post contains links and images rikkus67 : View Large View MediumPhoto © Hans-Werner KleinView Large View MediumPhoto © Frank C. Duarte Jr.View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank SchaeferView La
43 Post contains links and images vatveng : ♪ Memories ♫ View Large View MediumPhoto © Paul Nelhams Rode that plane to Grandma's house every December for years. Nothing but fond memories of
44 n729pa : I remember the 727s we used to get at LHR too in the late 1980s, LH, IB, FI, TP, AF, TK, LN, TU, AT, AH, JU, PA, TWA, RB, IA, OA....ah the there were
45 Post contains images DCA-ROCguy : Graet video! Thank you for posting. Back in my high school, college, and early post-college days the 727 ruled the skies at medium-size airports like
46 PGNCS : I agree with you. Detested that thing. Glad they are (almost) gone. Flew it. Hated it.
47 ckfred : If you went to ORD in the late 70s, you would see 727s for the following either parked at a gate or somewhere on the field: American United Continenta
48 Arrow : Canadian a.netters "of a certain age" might remember that one of the country's charter pioneers -- Max Ward -- bought a 727-100 to launch Wardair. As
49 United_fan : I'm not as old as Jim. But I remember AA ,DL (of course!) UA and PE putting 727's into ROC. We still get a Cappy 727 every morning and sometimes it f
50 sccutler : Hmm. On whose three-holers did I fly? AA (my first jetliner flight, as well), right as they entered AA's fleet) DL BN (a LOT) SWA CO MG (Champion Air
51 Post contains links and images Viscount724 : The 727 didn't launch Wardair but it was their first jet (and the first Boeing jet sold in Canada). Their first longhaul charters to Europe began sev
52 Post contains images DCA-ROCguy : Hey....I resemble that remark!! It's great that we still get a single 727...keeping the flame alive. I flew People Express once from the wooden, peak
53 milesrich : The 727 flew to just about every point in the US from ORD, including SFO, LAX, OAK, SJC, and I think, SEA and PDX. I believe that after the 720 was r
54 doulasc : It surprises me that Western Airlines never had a Boeing 727-100,Pan Am never had the 727-200(prior to the National Airlines merger),Delta never had t
55 Post contains images United_fan : I remember when mom and dad would take me there just to watch planes . Guess i know where i caught the bug
56 safetyDemo : Curious why you hated the airplane? As for me ... I grew up flying on the 727 when DL operated it between ATL and PHL. I remember some long take-off
57 Post contains links and images Fabo : View Large View MediumPhoto © Milan Vladisavljevic I flew it two weeks before the picture was taken. Never really found out what was the deal with th
58 Post contains images warden145 : After seeing that comment, I just had to do a search...and, this was what I found: The last one (the 737) really surprised me...I'm guessing that the
59 727tiger : My first flight; hence, part of my username. Flew 727s on: Braniff (first) TWA American Delta Eastern Piedmont
60 tb727 : A6-EMA is an excellent aircraft, that's my bird![Edited 2012-01-24 13:24:10]
61 desertjets : I began flying a bit later than many A.netters, I had turned 11 by my first plane flight. But my first flight was on a 727-200 -- United from PHX to O
62 zippyjet : I share those same sentiments! If you would have told me my final 727 flight would be June 6, 1980, I'd have told you WTF? I too took this three hold
63 q120 : It was also the longest 727 route in the world when they operated it.
64 TOMMY767 : I never liked them either. On a few accounts: 1. SJU-EWR on AA in 1995. I went to the bathroom in the way back and got freaked out becaue it was loud
65 Post contains links DCA-ROCguy : It just seems like yesterday that the 737-300 was a new aircraft that I looked forward to flying! My first one was a Piedmont 733 from their EWR focu
66 milesrich : 1980, is that a typo. Airlines were still taking deliveries of passenger 727-200A's then. Delta flew them for another 24 years, United for 21, Americ
67 MarkC : When I was a child, the company my father worked for had an ex LH 100 that was configured as a business jet with 44 seats. The cabin was arranged in g
68 RWA380 : Well that beats my Calder 727-200 experience all to heck, Wow what a great experience you've had. A true A.netters wet dream. It should have started
69 delawareusa : Great aircraft, miss it. I've flown 727 on: Lufthansa American Us air(ways) Piedmont United Continental Mexicana Air Canada Pan Am UPS Braniff ATA TWA
70 wedgetail737 : The 727 was my favorite airliner back in the day. I had the priviledge to fly on the following: United Delta Korean Air Alaska Piedmont USAir American
71 zippyjet : That was my last flight until June of 1995! 15 long years of not flying. No wonder why I don't wax nostalgic for the Regan years/decade of big hair a
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