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UA, Pan Am, TWA, And DL 727s In Europe  
User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 9
Posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3001 times:

Did the four airlines mentioned in the topic use Iceland as a stopping point to ferry their 727s across the Atlantic for domestic service in Europe? Or did they equip the with extra tankage? If extra tankage, how was this possible? The range needed to fly transatlantically was almost twice as much as the 1700 mile range of the 727 (Boston to London alone is just above 3,000 miles)

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User currently offlineTarantine From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

I have always wondered also how short range airplane were delivered to overseas customers, like the 737-100 for Lufthansa for example.

User currently offlineJbmitt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

Ferry flights without passengers, bags, and cargo have a much greater range. Additionally they can make several stops, such as Gandar, Iceland, Manchester. Island hopping sort of deal.


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27672 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2844 times:

I'm aware of a US operator ferrying B727s to Europe nonstop from Bangor Maine to Shannon Ireland which is is nearly 2400nm.

An empty aircraft can fly quite a bit further than the published sales number as they are based on full passenger loads.

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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3269 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

Back in the days of Piedmont, we flew a 727 from CLT-SFO-CLT - nonstop. The plane was practically loaded to the gills with pax.

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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17381 posts, RR: 66
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2781 times:

The only place where you run into real trouble is Hawaii, since it's so far from anything. There is simply no place for refueling stops. But there are ferry tanks for that sort of thing if the aircraft really needs extra legs.

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