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727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 12:16 am

Where in the back of the cabin does the noise on the 727 start to become truly awful? Really close to the aft doors, by the overwing exits, where?


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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 12:21 am

Can't say as I've ever had any truly awful noise anywhere on a 727.
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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 12:28 am

I agree with Goingboeing. There are no bad seats on a 727. No matter if you would like to hear the engines or not, you will, but it won't be intolorable in the rear like some other A/C like the F-100.

The 727 is truly a fine aircraft all around. . .one of the greatest ever.

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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 12:43 am

I've found sitting up front in first or the very front of coach is usually quieter than some of today's newer jets. It is a shame the 72s are leaving scheduled service in the US faster and faster.  Sad
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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 2:30 am

It can be extremely quiet in the First Class, and foreward coach cabins of the 727. I would not consider the noise in the aft to be horrible, it is just a little louder than most. In relative response, I love sitting in the aft of 722's and hearing that roar as you kind of trapse down the runway, and that old gal pitches up and you kind of float for a second, and then off you go into the wild blue yonder.

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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 6:53 am

Yes the 72S really doesnt have a bad seat unless you are way toward the rear which really isnt that bad. Sitting behind the engine exhaust in a 732 is about a s bad as you can get nowadays. I remember in 1980 I sat behind the engine exhaust on a American 707 I will never forget all that racket that thing made, I remeber my mom commeneting on how noisy this thing is.
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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 7:59 am

I was really surprised by my ride on the 727 last year. I have heard and watched that plane take off many times and it is one of the loudest I have heard. But I sat near the rear on one last year and it incredibly quite. And it is a very smooth ride.

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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 8:30 am

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I sat near the back on the final AA 727 departure from MIA. I was expecting to be blasted out of my seat, but it was fairly quiet back there. Just a low humming of the engines, and of course the more forward you sit the quieter it will be. The F-100 sucks, I'm sorry to say. I sat in front of the wing and my head was going to explode. Inflight was fine, but when your on the ground and the engines are on idle, there is a horrable humming noise throughout the cabin. Kind of like an "out of sync" vibration like on a Dash 8.
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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 9:30 am

I've never felt like I was on a more solid product than the Boeing 727.
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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 9:47 am


I couldn't agree more. I remember the comment one person made about our 727's. To roughly quote him..."The NWA 727's are like a beautiful lady on her way to work. She's wearing her blue jeans, her gray sweater, and her red silk scarf, which the wind happens to catch." I think that's the best way to describe her.

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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 10:49 am

I was suprised to find the noise level reasonable towards the back of the 727 when I was on NW last May.
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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 10:57 am

You should hear, or more appropriately not hear the engine noise on an extra insulated 727-100 exec...

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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 11:11 am

I sat in the back of a 727 in December and while on the ground it was extremely loud....a steady "roar" which i learned by my post on the tech forum, was from the APU outlet being at the wing root area instead of at the tail. So, sitting in the front should be quieter. But once we got rolling I dont think the back was much worse than any other jet.

BTW, sitting in the back of the MD80 was also noisy on the ground....not because of an APU but the galley & door being right there made it noisier on the ground.

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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 12:14 pm

Jhooper, I couldn't agree more either!

My last flights on a 727 were on NWA's 727s in June 2002 from DTW-MCO.

We fiancee and I sat on the port side, in the last row.

I videotaped the takoff and landing. I also taped our POWER Pushback and it was not loud. (The people in the row ahead of us could be heard over the din of the engines.)
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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 4:12 pm

Regarding the POWER Pushback- there was an earlier post about usefulness of reverse thrust on jet aircraft and most people came to the consensus that reverse thrust is not really that effective. It goes to show if airplanes like the 727 can do pushbacks using reverse thrust then it must be pretty effective afterall!! BTW i've never experienced a POWERED pushback- they are not normally practised here in Australia to my knowledge.  Sad
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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 6:53 pm

I've flown on the 727 and the Tu154 and found both of these types reasonably quiet.
I've never been on a MD-80 series nor on a F-100.
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RE: 727 Cabin Noise

Wed Feb 26, 2003 7:19 pm

The 727's engine noise wasn't bad at all in the cabin. I've had decompresssions of the number 2 engine happen while we were starting down the runway. That was VERY loud. But usually it wasn't bad at all.
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