Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1880 posts, RR: 9 Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2973 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...
727_Gal From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 325 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2950 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.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4526 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2903 times:
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.
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2699 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!
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4489 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2626 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).
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
AZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2576 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).
CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2569 times:
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.
"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7636 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2473 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
'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2402 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.
Coronado From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1294 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2384 times:
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!!
The Original Coronado: First CV jet flights RG CV 990 July 1965; DL CV 880 July 1965; Spantax CV990 Feb 1973
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2384 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.
: So, how many US Passenger Airlines still have the 727? Or is NWA the last? I think Delta still has theirs.
: 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
: 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
: Which aircraft flew the final flight. And how many were in service on the last or next to last day. I saw N290US
: 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
: Good news for me, we got a sports charter headed to MCO from IND Should see it in a few mins fly over, yey!
: I saw one landing in PHX maybe 4 hours ago...on it's way to Mojave perhaps?
: 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
: Clickhappy! If you go tell me, I'll BE THERE TOO!!! FEB 8th!!! Continental
: 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
: 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
: 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