LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6 Posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4170 times:
I read hear that TWA's B727's were all nicknamed something to do with "Pigs". For example the one hijacked for 17 days in 1985 was called "Swine Star of Beirut". Anybody has more? Or better still the full list?
Asqx From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 615 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4050 times:
Actually, never worked for TWA, neither did anyone in my imediate family. I am just a rather devote TWA fan (my first flight was on a TWA L1011 from Seattle to St. Louis) and have become something of a collector of TWA items and information. That list of "pigs" has come through various conversations with TWA employees and even some internet postings.
As far as I can tell, the 727s got the rather unflattering nicknames as a commentary on their handling characteristics. They had a rather peculiar tendency to wobble left and right on takeoff and landing, a fact that kept me intrigued watching them come into and out of Lambert on many occasions. I've also heard that they weren't the easiest and gentlest planes to fly, especially the later, heavier versions of the -200s.
Rapo From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4033 times:
I have the same list in print from an old TWA 727 manual that was given to me by a former 727 pilot. He has since moved up to 767's. I don't know what he's flying now at AA but I know he was carried over.