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Timing Of 727-200 Pure Freighter  
User currently onlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1361 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

According to wiki (I know, I know, but it seems as if the freighters have all the really late line numbers too) the pure freighter B727-200F was only launched in 1981, only a few years before 727 production stopped altogether (and looking at the database, only for FedEx.) I'm curious as to why Boeing didn't make a freighter out of the 727-200 earlier. Was the cargo need fulfilled by the -100C? Or was there just no demand for a freighter around that size at the time? Or some other reason altogether?

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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2605 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2481 times:
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Nobody wanted to fork-over the money for a new freighter when there were so many other used airframes available. At that time the (new) 722's were looked at as being very specialized.


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User currently offlineCharlieNoble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 1):
Nobody wanted to fork-over the money for a new freighter when there were so many other used airframes available. At that time the (new) 722's were looked at as being very specialized.

Seems partly analagous to the 757 freighters that only UPS bought "new" in large numbers. Although it did come along a lot earlier in the 757 production cycle.

[Edited 2011-03-03 05:10:25]

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