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AA 727 Retirement: 10 Year Anniversary.  
User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3761 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2864 times:
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Greetings everyone  

Today, day by day, is now 10 years ago that American Airlines retired its last Boeing 727 aircraft from passenger service. The final revenue flight, which I was on to celebrate the event, occurred on Apr 30th 2002 from TPA to MIA as flight AA765.

American has flown the venerable Boeing 727 continuously for 38 years.


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The aircraft shown in the picture, N864AA, was the one scheduled to fly the very final flight.

I invite you to take a look at my Boeing 727 page on my website.

http://ben-boeing727.blogspot.com/

She may be gone but she will always remain in my heart.

Ben Soriano


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User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4452 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

A very nice salute to the 727. I remember seeing AA's 727s at LGA as a kid - always a very interesting looking airplane.

User currently offlinelasairlinerenth From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2683 times:
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Quoting American 767 (Thread starter):
She may be gone but she will always remain in my heart.

Ben,

Kudos to you for an awesome salute to the AA 727. The very first quartet of 727s I flew on were AA 727-223s from ONT to SYR (via ORD and w/a change of plane there) and return all the way back in July of 1979. Like you, she will always remain in my heart, too. Although I love all of the modern, twenty-first century airliners, a part of me wishes Boeing would have figured out a way to keep the 727 going like they have the redoubtable 737. Ah well. Such is life, as they say.

Regards,
Tony


User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7146 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

Wow, I remember watching the last MIA departure forgot the flight number but it was MIA-RDU around 7pm or so. It flew right over my house thankfully. An awesome airplane and thankfully with Amerijet here in MIA there are still a decent amount of 727s at MIA. For how long I am not sure.


"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offline737tdi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 812 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2435 times:
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Ben: What a nice repose. The Boeing 727 is (by Crew opinion) the best, fastest aircraft they have ever flown. I have talked to so many former drivers of her, they all say the same. FAST compared to the new stuff. Granted this was 20 years ago but I still think she was the best at high speed coast to coast. She would compare to the best today with the engines of today.

I was involved in the re-engining of the UPS 100 QF's and that was one hell of an airplane.


User currently offlineUnited727 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 399 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Don't forget one of AA's former 727's still flies daily as "Aerosur" in Bolivia! It's their last pax 727 still flying.

edited for accuracy

[Edited 2012-04-30 23:35:36]


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User currently offlineUnited727 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 399 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2396 times:



Also for the record, AA's final "non-revenue" flight was 20 Jan 2003 from Mohave to the Museum of Flight in Washington with N874AA. This plane was brought to MoF till their UA 721 was/is ready to take its place in the airpark, due to UA cannibalizing a considerable amount of parts/engines when the ship was donated. The AA ship remians fully intact to this day and was donated completely airworthy at the time of delivery. The engines are are no longer flight-worthy due the PandW engine AD and the plane itself would require a Heavy inspection for future flight.

Photo shared from Bob Bogash's website!!!



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User currently offlinemaxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1090 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

Of all the jets I've flown in my 30 plus year career - from the DC-8 to the A320 - the 727 is my absolute favorite.

User currently offlineSYfan100 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 590 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

The 727 has always been a favorite of mine as well!
Look at the number of airlines threw the years that have flown that particular aircraft for regular and just even charter service. It was the backbone of their fleet in all reality for many cases!
Makes you wonder though with how things are today on how many would buy a newer version of the 727 if it were made available again?


User currently offlinefoxecho From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 746 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

Has it been 10 years already wow...I was on that flight with you American 767 thanks for the memories! Also thanks for the reg, I forgot to log it that evening.....

Andrew
JFK/MEM/MCI/SYR/



..uh, we'll need that to live......
User currently offlineaa777lvr From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 216 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Working in aircraft routing for AA at the time, I set up N864 to fly the last flight. I enjoyed working the 727 desk. Happy memories of AA and aircraft routing in Tulsa. I wish all the AA'ers the best in the future (post-bankrupcy).

AA777LVR


User currently offlineDeltaL1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 9343 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

Quoting United727 (Reply 6):
This plane was brought to MoF till their UA 721 was/is ready to take its place in the airpark, due to UA cannibalizing a considerable amount of parts/engines when the ship was donated.

So what will happen to this 727 then? Or is MoF keeping both?

sure do miss the S-duct Tri-jets running around.   Was such a better time back then.



yep.
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

and I was happy to watch N864AA takeoff from TPA


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offline737tdi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 812 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 1819 times:
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Quoting aa777lvr (Reply 10):
I wish all the AA'ers the best in the future (post-bankrupcy).





I do as well. Best of happenings fellow airline folks. Pull it out of the hat and move forward.


User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 1800 times:

How I miss the 727, and how great she looked in AA colors... Seems like yesterday ORD was filled with them in AA and UA paint. Together with the DC-10s, it was tri-jet paradise.   

This of course was during the time when ORD was unrivaled as the busiest airport in the world, so there were plenty to go around. I can just picture the line-up of 727s at the concourses. But gradually 727 departures started to dwindle at my hometown airport. First at AA, replaced by MD-80s and later, A320s with UA.

What I'll always remember is the sound of the 727 on climb-out. Perhaps not as steep as other types, but the loud roar of those three JT8D-17s was unmistakable. You didn't even have to look... you knew it was a 727.



There's nothing quite like a tri-jet.
User currently offlineAAIL86 From Finland, joined Feb 2011, 409 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

I flew the 727 quite a bit as a child/young adult. I remember especially well a 727 flight on DFW-CUN - back when Cancun was a sleepy fishing village with a couple new hotels here and there. Now Cancun is Las Vegas on the beach and my 727 is retired in Seattle. What a solid airplane, though.


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User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3331 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

Looks like she even did a fly-by at the Air & Sea Show:


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Now, both are just memories...


User currently offlineAAIL86 From Finland, joined Feb 2011, 409 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 1786 times:

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 16):
Looks like she even did a fly-by at the Air & Sea Show:

Hmmm, I wonder which triple-7 that was? Anybody know?



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User currently offlineUnited727 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 399 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

Quoting DeltaL1011man (Reply 11):
So what will happen to this 727 then? Or is MoF keeping both?

Last year, during the failed attempt to get the Delta ship up and running, a person very close to the MoF said they had 'no need for both". Whatever that means, 874AA STILL HAS POTENTIAL! Whether anyone has the money to do anything with it remains unknown....Certainly not I!!!!! The UA 721 has a fairly good amount left to repair and replace before its ferry flight anyway! Additionally, the FAA and its A.D. on the JT8D's would only allow 4-8 years of flying time on even fresh engines before a mandated OH/Heavy Inspection, unless they would allow an exception!?!?!



Looking for the impossible way to save those dying breeds!!!!
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