flyingdoctorwu
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DL 727 Wood Paneling

Sun Feb 29, 2004 1:15 pm

I remember flying on a DL 727 when I was in 2nd grade, ATL-CAE. This was a long time ago (I think 1986 or so) but it's the first airplane trip i remember really well. It was part of a CAE-TPE trip we took. I remember the outbounds 727 did not have any wood paneling but I remember the return trip our 727 had wood paneling- a wood paneled door on the lav is what I remember. Does anyone recall this feature. I just loved that plane, and thought it was a classy touch. I have never ever seen wood paneling again on a plane. Anyone have any info?

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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Sun Feb 29, 2004 1:28 pm

While I dont know about Delta's old 727s, I think Lauda Air planes have wood paneling..

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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Sun Feb 29, 2004 1:49 pm

I didn't DL operated the 727 from CAE-TPE  Smile
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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Sun Feb 29, 2004 1:52 pm

actually DL wasn't operating TPE at that time... the routing was CAE-ATL-LAX on DL and then LAX-TPE on CI.... Man that sure was a long flight for a 7 yr old, esp LAX-TPE... even worse we missed out LAX-ATL connection and had to wait 10 hours at LAX for the redeye. I ran all over that place like a kid in a candy store.. I think that that is where I found my love for aviation.

chris

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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Sun Feb 29, 2004 2:04 pm

Their 727s, D93s, and L10s all had the '70s faux wood look inside. I don't remember wood-paneled lav doors, but I do know the '9s, L10s, and many of the older 72s had wood-paneled bulkheads. It was most unappealing. I flew on a Delta 727 as late as 1994 that had wood-paneled bulkheads. It also had not been retrofitted with Delta's '90s narrowbody interior (the alternating rows of red, navy, and grey seats), and instead sported the orange-and-red narrowbody seats from the '70s and '80s. I *believe* the aircraft was an ex-Western 727, but I'm not entirely sure.
 
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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Sun Feb 29, 2004 3:07 pm

I remember the "Brady bunch" interior well.. apparently there were ships with it up until Leo Mullins rein over the company
 
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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Sun Feb 29, 2004 3:11 pm

I remember the wood paneling all the way up until 1997 on the 727's....flying LAS-LAX on ship 513(?) It too had the paneling and bright (well, faded) pastel seats that looked like something straight out of a That 70's Show set.
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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Sun Feb 29, 2004 3:17 pm

Western Airlines 727s used to have the wood as well.



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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Sun Feb 29, 2004 3:19 pm

I have been on 5 Delta 727-200's, and 4 of them I have been on had wood panelling. This ways back in 1996 though. My final 727 flight was in 2002 on Delta from CVG-ATL and this aicraft had the newwe pinstripes interior. It looked brand new inside. Some of Delta's L-1011's had the wood panelling, but most of them didnt.

My mom told me that AA's 727's also used to have the wood panelling.

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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Mon Mar 01, 2004 4:16 am

I MISS THE 727!!!!

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Skydrol
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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Mon Mar 01, 2004 12:42 pm

FlyingDoctorWu:

Here are a few DL 727 cabin view photos from a few years before your flight, but maybe it looked the same?
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Photo © Mike Genovese

IMO - The 727 has one of the best looking (well-integrated) overhead stowage and indirect lighting designs for an aircraft cabin.



And a TWA 707 with the woodgrain bulkheads:

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Photo © Mike Genovese




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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Mon Mar 01, 2004 12:57 pm

From what my memory serves, I remember the wood grain looking good... Oh and the tray table was wood grain also!

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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Mon Mar 01, 2004 1:14 pm

Anything that isn't loud or irritating such as woodgrain, neutral or pastel colors are fine. I can deal with looking at a faux-wood bulkhead or tray for a few hours. However, Wardair's flying circus cabin scheme took top honors for being annoying after about five minutes:

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Skydrol

Tue Mar 02, 2004 1:10 am

Holy crap, That interior is awful!

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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Tue Mar 02, 2004 1:23 am

That Wardair interior was actually a reincarnation of the interior Braniff put in the 'Big Orange' in 1971. My theory is that Wardair inherited that second 747-100 that Braniff never took, and adopted the Braniff interiors. At least we know what a Braniff DC-10 might have looked like inside.
 
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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Tue Mar 02, 2004 1:24 am

SAS MD-90 front lavs have a window with a light wood sill. Very nice.
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RE: DL 727 Wood Paneling

Tue Mar 02, 2004 10:48 am

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?
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