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U.S. Shuttle 727 Flight To Cali For Retirment...

Fri Dec 24, 1999 2:52 pm

I will be leaving JFK tommorrow with the first of U.S. Airways retired 727 200s. It was taken off line last night. I will be flying it to Chino California to a maintenance and reclamation center where it will await it's fate.

It will undergo a C check and then head for a cargo door conversion.

We will try to make the flight non stop. Depending on the winds we will probably be making a stop in Salt Lke City for fuel. We need to carry some balast fuel as we will be going empty. Ballast fuel is in the number 2 tank and cannot be used to keep the empty aircraft in CG limits.

I will be taking pictures and will post them when I have the opportunity.
 
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Chino

Fri Dec 24, 1999 3:13 pm

You will see some really neat airplanes at Chino but that Runway is tiny. The do major airframe work there. That is cool! Thw inds will be strong there though. Porbably nothing to you!
Well Have fun.
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RE: Jetpilot

Fri Dec 24, 1999 3:28 pm

According to "Airways News Online," N914TS was retired at Mojave on 10/21/99. That must be the one that was replaced by the first A320. Why aren't the others going to Mojave? Is it true that the last 727 flight on the DCA-LGA Shuttle will be at 2:00 on Dec. 31? That's what the reservations agent told me and that's what the US Airways website says. That's why I'm going to be on it. Also, is it true that 727s will continue to operate on the BOS-LGA Shuttle, as their website says? If they have to operate under severe weight penalties as you said in a previous post, how can these flights be profitable?
One more question. What is the tail number of the aircraft you will be flying to Chino?

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RE: Chino

Sat Dec 25, 1999 5:03 am

Chino is a small airport out in cow country! Can the runways there even HANDLE a 727?
 
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727 At Chino

Sat Dec 25, 1999 5:27 am

Will the 727 in question be in old USAir Shuttle or the new USAirways Shuttle livery?
 
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RE: 727 At Chino

Sat Dec 25, 1999 10:38 am

Chino runway is 6,500 which should be big enough. They have a big maintenance facility there. But I would have though San bernidino int. or Ontario would have been better.
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RE: Jetpilot

Sun Dec 26, 1999 4:12 am

Yes, US Airways is phasing out their last 727's in favor of the A320 but I beleive that Delta will keep them for at least another six months. Delta is going to replace them with 737-800's on the Shuttle routes, but it won't be before July that the first Shuttle 737-800 will be in service.
The 727's of US Airways were originally built for Eastern, then they went to the Trump Shuttle before becoming US Air (US Airways today). Those of Delta were originally with Pan Am.

Merry Chrismas to everyone.

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RE: Shuttle Aircraft

Sun Dec 26, 1999 7:38 am

To add to the previous post, some of the US Airways Shuttle's 727s were built for Eastern, the 727-225s. But some of them Eastern bought from PSA, and the US Airways Shuttle currently operates some of these. They even have at least one that used to operate on the Pan Am/Delta Shuttle.

The current Delta Shuttle fleet was built for Delta and was shifted to the Shuttle from Delta's main line. But when Delta first took over the Shuttle from Pan Am, they kept most of the planes Pan Am had operated on the Shuttle, and they had come from PeoplExpress. These were disposed of a couple of years ago.

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RE: U.S. Shuttle 727 Flight To Cali For Retirment...

Sun Dec 26, 1999 9:25 am

Just got back from Chino. The plane will be delivered to Charter America after receiving a Raisbeck hush kit and a C check.

We stopped in Kansas city at Signature for fuel.

We landed at 102,000 pounds. And decided to see how fast we could stop the plane. We circled to land 8 and put it down on the numbers and had it stopped dead in about 1000 feet using max braking, full reverse, and flaps 40. Awesome.

Chino smells like a cows ass. Didn't get to see any planes as it was Christmas Eve and 8pm.

The 727's will be kept flying with the severe weigth penalties until the slot can be filled by a delivered A320. If all deliveries have been me thten the 727's won't fly past the 31'st.

The reason some planes are not going to Mojave is because they were sold.

The 727 we retired was in the U.S. Airways new Livery.

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