A bueat aircraft indeed!!!!
As a teenager I flew the 727-076/727-077 of TN
(Trans Australia, later Australian, later still Qantas Domestic) and AN
(Ansett, sadly no more) many times between SYD
and POM (Port Moresby).
I remember the first take off I was on from Jackson's Field(POM), a fairly short field with only one temp - HOT
. He lines it up and I think the wing has fallen apart! More flaps, slats, slots etc than you would believe! This was a 100 series, fully fueled (POM-SYD
was close to max range), he spools up all three, stands on the brakes, engines scream, fueluage shakes, lets go brakes and we are airborne almost immediately, he holds it fairly low over the scrub, gets the gear up, brings in those incredible flaps, points the nose up and we are outta there! Ah the 727 and the sixties!!!