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Last NW 727 Tomorrow  
User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2472 times:
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Well, this is it. Tomorrow, 7 Jan 03, is the last time a NW 727 will fly a scheduled flight. It is flying a morning DEN-MSP run. I wanted to catch one for the last time but never had the time this winter. For details, look at www.nwa727.com. Farewell to a machine with quite a past...


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User currently offline727_Gal From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 325 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2449 times:

Even though I'm a DL gal, I live in MEM where the red tails make a home... I love this bird, as I guess you can tell from my name. So my tribute to the NW 727, admittedly one of the sharpest liveries on the sharpest bird.

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Sorry for all the pictures, but if any bird deserves a lengthy tribute, it's this one. I'll be sad to see it go.


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2442 times:
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Nice array of photos 727 gal!  Big thumbs up

So sad to see another go. I gladly got to ride her last this past June. DTW to Orlando and back. What a rush!



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User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3742 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2402 times:
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Thanks for your tribute 727 Gal, I appreciate a lot. Yeah, today is a sad day at Northwest Airlines. I absolutely love this bird, too bad I don't have the chance to fly on the last 727 before she goes away. I will miss her, wearing blue jeans, a gray cardigan and a red scarf around her neck.

As you certainly know, only Delta still has 727's left in passenger service, for another few months.

Ben Soriano (with tears...)  Crying
Brussels Belgium



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39717 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

This is sad!  Crying  Crying  Crying

I will miss the 727 in NWA colors.
I wish I could have flown on one of there 727s.


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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

Yep, saw my last one at TPA yesterday....N290US


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User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2309 times:
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Here is another writeup, in the Minneapolis StarTribune./ My first flight ever was on a NW 727 from MSP-GFK with my dad. I wish I would have been able to take another ride on it  Sad


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User currently offlineAirbus-Insider From France, joined Sep 2001, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

Very sad indeed...I wonder why there is no 727 Club that tries to keep a 727 alife? Probably still too many around...but you can get them really cheap and in airworthy condition!
Cheers
Nail



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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

Yeah, This is sad for lasted B727 aircraft into the fleet and now, CO, AA, UA, US, TZ, WN was gone forever with the older B727 history. Also, I flown on the my last ride into the older B727 from CUN-MIA on AA flight. Anyone did used flown on NW B727 before? Well, talk ya later!

User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

At some point wasn't the last flight supposed to be FNT-DTW? I thought someone posted that a few months ago.

User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2122 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

Just yesterday I saw a few 727s inbound at BOS.....:-(

-Chris



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Scottys and others; I flew on my first and last Northwest 727, N202US, on December 6 , 2002 from DTW to PBI (Palm Beach International). Actually I wanted to go to Miami but I especially chose this more expensive flight and took the local train from PBI, especially to log a NW 727 (I love the plane and since 2000 I flew Iberia, Delta, ATA, United, Pan Am III, Aerolineas Internacionales (Mexicana was changed to a A-320) and now Northwest 727).
It was a great flight. We took off from freezing and snowy DTW and even while we were full to capacity it climbed amazingly quick for a 722. The interior still looked quite fresh and clean. Service on the 2,5 hour flight were drinks and a granola bar (because it was a morning flight, in the afternoons and evenings they serve a small bag of pretzils). At PBI, I waited to watch my NW 727 take off again, a sight I probably would never see again (a few days later, I even saw no NW 727s when I changed planes again at DTW, arrived by DC-9).



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User currently offlineAZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 767 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

My last NW 727 flight was supposed to be this past June DTW-BOS but for one reason or another our flight got changed and we ended up on an A320. So that makes my final 727 flight on December 23, 2001 DTW-MIA of which I flew first class (rare for me, so it was an even more fun experience).


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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2068 times:
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Well I have my only time when I saw one and it's right here.

When I was at MKE, I was waiting on the approach area for 7R when I saw the 727. I was so happy to see it and to take a photo of it taxiing to 7R. I was with my cousin and she drove me over there to the area. It was a nice time to see it. When I get a good scan of it I can show it to you all.



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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5490 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

I think Royal (clickhappy) posted that it was DTW-GRR (and on the 6th).

Guys, I hate to burst your bubble, but that DEN-MSP is showing an A320. I really thought the last flight was yesterday.


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5490 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

Im an idiot, DTW-FNT. Sorry.  Nuts

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5490 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

Confirmed, it was this morning.
http://www.nwa.com/corpinfo/newsc/2003/pr010720031071.html

I'm just going to turn off the computer before I post anything else stupid!

G'nite!  Smile


User currently offlineGD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

Sad, very sad. The 727 looked great in NW colors. Another airline rids itself of the best jet airliner ever built (IMO) for newer, modern stuff.  Sad


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

I'm just south of Denver. If only I could go to see it leave the gate.

If we could go through security without tickets, I would definately take the day off and go.

Regards



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7458 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

I read that 3 NW 727's are going to Maxton,NC for storage along with 2 or 3 NW DC-10-30's and 741's. I will always remember my fave 727 flight - 9-1-01 when I flew on N7438U ORD-LAS to see Madonna. That 72 was 100% full , got a nice bagel sandwich for b-fast.I'll never forget landing in Vegas in the 100 degree heat! Now only DL operates the 727 (into ROC 'til 3-31). Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaddddddddddddddddddddddddddd  Sad  Sad


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User currently offlineRP From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

Will NW 727's in charter service continue? I know the Indiana Pacers use a NW727 with a special interior.

User currently offlineDc10guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

Hey Airbus insider, There is a 727 club keeping 727's alive its called FEDEX ....hahahaha .... The mighty 3 holer will live on.


Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6532 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

I only had the chance to fly on 3 NWA 727's, and each flight was great. My last flight on the bird was in March, 2000 from MSY to MEM, totally full, post-mardi gras flight, but it was very enjoyable...just like all 727 flights were. A sad day indeed.  Sad


Stephen in New Orleans


User currently offlineCoronado From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1171 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1883 times:
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NWA is keeping 1/2 dozen 727's operational for a few more months as they are configured and set up for their sports charter business (many NBA basketball and some NHL hockey teams) to fulfill their sports contracts that run through this season.

Also I guess the PW power plants are being yanked on the mainline 727's that are being parked and they will see continued life as replacements on NWA DC-9's-- they use the same power plants--so NWA 727 parts may still be flying (on DC9's) around 2015-2018 when the last of the DC9's finally run out of cycles!! Douglas sure was smart building the DC9's with a 2 person cockpit instead of the 3 required for the 727!!

NWA estimates that out of their 169 strong DC9 fleet only about 20 will be out of cycles by 2007!! The remainder will run out of cycles between 2007 and somewherere around the mid to late 2010's!!




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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5511 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

Here in Minnesota on the news, they had coverage on the last 727 flight. It was great, showed the pilots at Denver doing the takeoff check, there was a large sign that said "Last 727 Flight", there was cake, etc. The showed inflight shots which had a beautiful sunset, and then there was a big crowd at the gate when they got off! It was very, very nice! I'll sure miss those 727s.

Continental


25 Rj777 : So, how many US Passenger Airlines still have the 727? Or is NWA the last? I think Delta still has theirs.
26 SJCguy : How sad, this plane is really a beauty and a treat to fly on. I had the privelege to walk around it and touch one that was chartered into SJC a week o
27 Hkg82 : It's getting harder to fly on the 727s now in the US (where one's best chance is to get onto a 727 flight) as most are either retired or have been con
28 727LOVER : Which aircraft flew the final flight. And how many were in service on the last or next to last day. I saw N290US
29 Post contains images Clickhappy : Hopefully I will get to fly on one of the NW727 Sports Charters next month, to the 727 farewell party in Minneapolis. It sounds plush! 59 seats
30 Post contains images Dazed767 : Good news for me, we got a sports charter headed to MCO from IND Should see it in a few mins fly over, yey!
31 TWAL1011 : I saw one landing in PHX maybe 4 hours ago...on it's way to Mojave perhaps?
32 Post contains images Stormin : I passed through EWR this afternoon and saw a NW 727 parked next to B Terminal. I didn't expect to see one of them this far east again. She was probab
33 Continental : Clickhappy! If you go tell me, I'll BE THERE TOO!!! FEB 8th!!! Continental
34 Brains : She doesn't fly, but East Coast Aero Tech my school, is the proud owner of NWA's very first 727. She's been a great learning resource I have one more
35 727LOVER : So how would I look up a sports charter? Say, if I knew a hockey team were coming into Tampa to play the Lightning, how can I find out what time the o
36 Jplenny : OK, I've got a question?. If they flew the last 727 flight, how come I saw a Northwest 727 loading passengers at the gate in Orlando on Friday, 10 DEC
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