In 2000. I flew on a 727 with wood paneling from ATL
-ATL. Thats right. I got on that plane and I was quite nervous. It was likely the oldest 727 in the fleet at this time. It was supposed to fly to BUF
. I remember i was in 29F and I looked out and the wing was covered in grease and grime especially from the foreward slats track rearward. Takeoff was fine and at 3000 the captain leveled off and we flew north and then he came on and said we might have to go back to ATL
cause of a gear door that would not shut. He cycled the gear two or three times but no luck on the closing door. We burned fuel for about 30 minutes before turning back to atl. When we got back we switched to a newer looking 727 with a refinished interior and it was much cleaner. It had the new paint scheme at the time. It was my last 727 flight with delta :-(
I also flew an interesting 727 for the delta fleet. The seats were flowered and the traytable backs were orange so it was quite a psychadellic feeling in the cabin. People said this might have been an ExEastern 727 that I was on. Anybody know?