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What Is It Like To Fly In A B727?  
User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 20
Posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5624 times:

Hi everyone,

I never got a chance to ever fly in a B727 and I doubt there will be anymore chances or orpportunity to. Would appreciate if anyone who has flown the B727 care to give some comments how does it feel to fly in a B727? Try to make me feel as though I am in a real one...

Thanks very much buddies.


Boeing747 万岁!
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User currently offline9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5531 times:

I´ve been on a 727 only twice:
First time on Condor in - uhm - 1986 I think and the second time on Delta in 1998.
I felt quite comfortable on both of them. It´s not as noisy in the back as many people say.
Surely the interior in many 727s that are still flying is not the newest anymore, but who cares while thinking of the great airplane you are on.


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

Like warm apple pie?

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30414 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5510 times:

Excellent aircraft.

Even got to ride the jump seat a couple of times when it was legal to do so  Crying

One of the best aircraft out there. A lightly loaded -100 is like a sports car.

User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1647 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5507 times:

Smooooooooooooooooooth!! Up front there is no sound at all. There seems to be less bumpiness than on other planes; I'm not sure if it is because of the greater wing sweep-back or lighter wing-loading. The aisle is narrower than in a Douglas or Airbus. The cockpit is huge with four seats and lots of luggage space. They sure don't build 'em like they used to.  Love

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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5490 times:

I flew as a flight attendant on the '27. What impressed me most was the awesome quite as it is taxiing and the noise of the engines as they are revved up for take off is miles away. One peculiarity was that if the rear steps were not extended on ground, there was a good possibility of the plane actually lifting the nose wheel if, for example, the forward holds are offloaded first, or when only the forward steps are being used for disembarkation. I have seen that happen a few times.

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5478 times:

I flew on 727-200s on Eastern Airlines back in May 1986, from DTW-ATL, ATL-MCO, MCO-ATL, then from ATL back to DTW it was a DC-9. That was the last rear engined aircraft I have been on.

I remember it seemed to be an eternity that we were rolling down the runway (3C) at DTW, the nose wheel was up but we still were rolling and it seemed like a low take off, but it was low clouds that day so we were in the clouds, so by the time we flew over I-94 we were up in the clouds. We were making our turn towards the south in the clouds. We finally got above the clouds when we were heading south.

We were served a breakfast, some kind of scrambled eggs and hash browns, weren't the best, but at least we got something then for a DTW-ATL flight that only serves peanuts now.

I remember looking down and seeing the 727s shadow on the clouds. By the time the clouds broke up we were somewhere over Kentucky or Tennessee.

We then flew over Downtown Atlanta and I remember seeing a lot of other aircraft flying around from our plane. We circled around and landed on Runway 08L (sorry i don't remember the exact numbers but it was to the east and on the left side of the terminals at ATL) I remember doing finals with an AA MD-80.

We had about an hour layover at ATL before boarding another Eastern 727 to Orlando. That seemed like a quick flight and we were only served coke and peanuts.

Leaving Orlando back to ATL we took off and did a big circle around some thunderstorms and hit some turbulance too in the process.

User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5459 times:


The 727 is a great aircraft, remember that this aircraft had the first revolutionary wing, it's was a great plane to land in short airfields. TAP for example ordered the 727-100 to operate in Funchal (Madeira Islands) when the runway was about 1.800 meters, it was the best aircraft to land there. The 200 version was a little bit stiff but it was quite popular during the 70's and 80's, Air France, Lufthansa, Alitalia, had big fleets of those and in USA at least until last summer I could still see them flying around USA, I was in YYZ, CLT, STL and PHL I still saw some 727-200's from NW, AA, UA around.
Here goes the ones that I flew:

1980/01/08 - 727-256 - IB - EC-CFF - GVA/MAD
1980/01/08 - 727-172C - TP - CS-TBQ - MAD/LIS
1980/10/01 - 727-256 - IB - EC-CBJ - MAD/LIS
1981/09/23 - 727-2B6 - RAM - CN-RMQ - AMS/BRU
1983/07/14 - 727-243 - AZ - I-DIRG - ROM/ATH
1987/09/08 - 727-082C - TP - CS-TBO - LIS/PDL
1989/03/13 - 727-282 - TP - CS-TBW - LIS/MAD
1989/04/26 - 727-282 - TP - CS-TBS - LIS/MAD
1998/08/07 - 727-222 - UA - N7448U - ALB/ORD

I think I'll not be able to fly nomore in a 727!!!

User currently offlineTimmay From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5442 times:

They are great to fly in, solid and graceful. I love watching them climbout over my house when the northwester blows.

Should you come to South Africa you'll still be able to enjoy the 727 as they are being operated on a daily basis between CPT and JNB and JNB/DUR by British Airways/Comair, Nationwide and Kalula.

BA/Comair will be phasing theirs out this year, replacing them with 737-400's having received the 1st one in January with another 4 on the way.

User currently offlinePmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5417 times:

I used to fly on one at least 3 times a week (now I fly on my Pilatus) . I fly VERY frequently from DTW-LAS and I usually fly Champion Air (MG). They have a long takeoff roll due to noise abatement and flap restrictions. I have been through turbulence I found scarry and felt safe, and I fly a Piper Cherokee! I have nothing but love for the B727 and hope they can come up with a mod to meet stage IV! Most of the planes I fly on were built in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Great planes, built like trucks!

User currently offlinePanamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5289 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5406 times:
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The 727 is one of the most reliable workhorses out there. It's a real airplane which the pilots really have to fly instead of the "toys" of today which can mostly be automated...If you are in the U.S., you'll still be able to fly a 727 if you travel on Pan Am (III) to/from Sanford/Orlando, especially now since they have agreed to purchase 24 of these from UAL...

User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5398 times:

This is the first time I've heard ANY 727 described as a "sports car". It's generally referred to a "the pig". Now, before the hate mail starts, that is a very affectionate term. The 727 has generated intense loyalty among the crews flying them. They are not good performers in the climb, they roll forever on takeoff but they cruise fast and descend like a rock.

There was a joke going around years ago...The 727 is a safe airplane. It takes off like a safe, it climbs like a safe and it comes down like a safe. If you can see the runway--you can land on it. The same cannot be said for the MD80 or 757(although it comes down better than its reputation would indicate).

I don't think I've flown on a more solid-feeling airplane(having not spent much time in the 747). The cockpit is roomy(but incredibly noisy). Another joke is that if you can hear the co-pilot at cruise, you aren't flying fast enough.

One of the last airplanes built with a slide-rule--better add an extra percent or two as margin for error.TC

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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5398 times:

My first and last 727 flight was in 1990, with Tunis Air from Djerba (DJE) to Düsseldorf (DUS). A really nice plane in my opinion.


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 15366 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5374 times:
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Gorgeous, smooth, roomy...everything a plane should be.

Today's newer planes may be more efficient, but they just don't have the soul this lovely lady has.

If I ever stumble into Bill Gates-like wealth someday, forget the BBJ. I'm gettin' me a B-727-200 and having a glass cockpit installed, hushkitted engines, the whole nine yards.

And just for fun, I'll paint it in Eastern Air Lines livery. YEAH!!!

Now I've gotta figure out how to get the cash...  Big grin

"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
User currently offlineGsoflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5365 times:

They are really roomy and aren't too loud either.

You can still ride one once a day from ATL to GSO.... I think it is a mid day, week day flight taht still uses it....

for how long, i dont know.

User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5359 times:
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I always found my 727 flights to be good...

I flew a number of legs on UA and DL 727s. UA updated the interiors in theirs to make them look on the inside much like a 732. DL didn't (in all cases), and so theirs look a little more dated, but still fun.

My last trip on a 727 was this past August, on a Delta flight. I noted that they had installed new PA speakers in the ceilings, rather than in the PSUs. I actually was able to hear the pilots -- on a lot of trips on the older birds, it was hard to hear them.

It will be a bittersweet ending to the 727s... they were nice, but progress means giving up the old and embracing the new...

User currently offlineIAHERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 677 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5354 times:

I just took a 727 from ATL to IAH not too long ago. I got a window behind the wing which is the best seat in the house if you can't get first class. I forgot how long the takeoff roll could be. When the pilot rotates, the plane rides on the main gear for 1500 feet or more before lifting off the ground. What a great airplane. I used to ride the jumpseat normally on Continental 727's to ORD and ATL from IAH.

American and Delta still bring them into IAH regularly. American flies the most 727's into IAH. I even saw 3 sitting at terminal A the other day.

Actually flown: EMB-120 EMB-145 B717 B737 B757 B767
User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 7561 posts, RR: 76
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5340 times:


Fly Medan-CGK or Penang-Medan on Jatayu 727  Smile


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User currently offlineD-AQUI From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 208 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5349 times:

First time I flew on a 727 was on a 100-series on Pan Am's internal German service from FRA to TXL in 1975. Since then I have had many rides in 727's with companies like LH, AF, IB and others. Last time I flew in one was in a 727-222 from UA out of MOC to IAD in December 1998.

The smooth acceleration and the low noise in the front cabin were always amazing. I think they are graceful and sophisticated planes, although compared to nowadays a lot of manual work is involved.

To quote the former chief designer of A.V.Roe, Roy Chadwick, when seeing the Lancaster fly: "What a plane, what a piece of an aeroplane!" This surely also applies to the 727!


User currently offlineJA54123 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 137 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5339 times:

The 727 is probably one of my favorite aircraft. The last ride I had on one was a Miami Air 727 from Miami to Roatan, Honduras & on the return trip as well. The aircraft does like to roll on down the runway for quite a long time, however I really don't know how it lifted off so fast on the return trip. The 727 of course is great for short landings as demonstrated on the approximately 4500' strip of asphalt that makes up the Roatan International Airport. It is surrounded on 3 sides by water. The old 727 when it was time to takeoff taxied to the very end of the runway and the captain let the engines spool all the way up before releasing the brakes. We then managed to takeoff in a high density configured 727 off of that short strip. If that was not impressive I do not know what is.

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User currently offlineDe727ups From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 814 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5298 times:

Okay....I have to say I don't find the cockpit all that large. It's really hard to wedge your flight bag between the sidewall and the seat...larger aircraft have way more room. Maybe flight bags were smaller in the old days. Other than that...it's a great airplane, a pilots plane in that you have to fly it and not just push buttons....no offense to modern aircraft pilots out there. I'll have to go to one of those modern, computerized, button pushing airplanes someday.....but I'll stay with the 727 for as long as I can.

User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5277 times:

Thanks everyone so much for the replies. Indeed you guys did made me feel like in the B727. I always thought the B727 are noisy. But man, I guess I will never have the ahcne to get on a real one  Sad.

Boeing747 万岁!
User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3527 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5271 times:

For all those talking about the "roominess" of the 727, it has the exact same cross section as the 737! Seats are no wider!

17 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2016
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5267 times:

The first thing I noticed on my first 727 flight was how soft the taxy was. It was like riding in a Buick LeSabre. The other thing I always remember was how smooth it was in flight. Must have been the relatively big wing.

I think it is a nice plane

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User currently offlineDeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

I flew on a DELTA 727 from ATL to COS! I flew first class (upgrade) THE ride was great. powerful takeoff and quiet up front! hope you get a chance to ride on soon  Big thumbs up


25 Sleekjet : I didn't really appreciate the 727 for what it is until I had several trips in MD-80's. By comparison, the latter sounded and felt more like a cheap i
26 PSU.DTW.SCE : Well, I kinda remember what it was like to be on one, haven't been on one since 1996, but I'll be able to give you an idea in two weeks!! I'm flying o
27 Vafi88 : Very quiet and comfortable even in a one class flight like I did from DEN-LAS-DEN. Very very smooth and the turbulence was pretty cool, nothing like t
28 Ups763 : I'd like to catch a flight in one of Pam Am's 727s. They are a very smart looking aircraft. Matt
29 Post contains images 9V-SVC : Ohh i have flown on a B727 , flying on Delta B727 !! The back of the plane is noisy but it's an enjoyable experience for me . The take off is powerful
30 Mx727 : Hello. I flew 727's 2500 hours until december when I got my A319/A320 rating. I can say 727 is a very nice plane to fly, smooth, fast, quiet, and she
31 Post contains links and images VapourTrails : I was lucky to be able to fly on the 727 a few times, and if I had the chance again I would! I agree with Sleekjet's comment that it is solid, loud,
32 Pilatus : I only flew aboard a 727 twice (with American Airlines), from Miami to Santo Domingo and then back again. That was back in 1996, and I remember that t
33 PSU.DTW.SCE : Yep, AA still operates then, well until May 1st that is.
34 Mr.BA : Thanks everyone again for the reply. I know I won't have the chance to fly the B727 anymore, but at least I have felt how good a plane it is! Thanks!
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