American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4569 posts, RR: 11 Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3669 times:
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.
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.
flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7529 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3433 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)
737tdi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1167 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3240 times:
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.
United727 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3201 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.
SYfan100 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 590 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2702 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?
aa777lvr From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2682 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).
DeltaL1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 10525 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2660 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.
TrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2469 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2605 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.
AAIL86 From Finland, joined exactly 5 years ago today! , 477 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2599 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.
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!?!?!