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Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 7:08 am

I believe it was Eastern Airlines that called some of their planes "Whisperjets".
There were other airlines that added prefixes to what they callled their jets. I think I remember "Fanjet" and "sun jet" But the whisperjet is the one I remember most. Eastern had it on the side of their jets...727's I believe. Can anyone remember any more details?
 
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 7:18 am

The term "Whisperjet" was a marketing term used by Eastern Air Lines for their B-727-25 aircraft, as the plane was quieter than anything jet-powered at the time.

EA later expanded this for use on the DC-9 fleet, as well as on their L-1011 aircraft.

Once EA went to a bare-metal scheme, the "Whisperjet" titles disappeared from the aircraft, but the term was still used on safety cards for the B-727-25, -225, DC-9 (all series), and the "Whisperliner" term used for the A-300 as well as the L-1011.
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 7:18 am

Wasn't the BAe146 called a whisperjet?
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 7:57 am

Whisper Jet on a un-hushed 727 ?? What a joke  Smile
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 8:04 am

I do remember an Eastern airlines L-1011 called "whisperliner"  Big thumbs up
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 8:06 am

I remember one now defunct airline in Texas they touted as PamperJet.
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 8:10 am

But who remembers the Bristol Britannia being dubbed the Whispering Giant!


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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 8:13 am

My first flight (ever) was on an EA 727-100 Whisperjet. Inside, and in the front it seemed really quiet - especially after we connected to a CV-580 and had something to compare it to. Now THAT was loud.
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 8:17 am

God, yes I remember the Whisperjets, I grew up with them. EA affectionately referred to the 727's and the DC-9's as Whisperjets, since the powerplants were in the rear, the theory was you couldn't hear them above a whisper...only if you were seated forward. If you were seated aft, anybody talking sounded like they were whispering in a roaring background. And those blue and green seats..geez!  Big grin
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 8:20 am

BOAC used to advertise their VC10's as "Hush Power", seems so funny when you consider how loud the Conways were, but then again i'm sure they were nice and quiet in the cabin, after all thats what counted then.
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:28 pm

"Whisper Jet on a un-hushed 727 ?? What a joke "

The term was a reference to the cabin noise level. But you knew that.
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:36 pm

Whisperjet was also used for the BAe-146, and Jumbolino (for Crossair).
 
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:52 pm

Texas International used to call their DC-9s Pamperjets. I think Aloha used to call their 737s as Funbirds.
 
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 1:35 pm

When EA had 747s, I think they were also called Whisperliners.

Here are all the plane names I remember:

AA: Flagships and Jet Flagships, then Astrojets and Astroliners, followed by Luxury Jets and Luxury Liners

UA: Mainliners and Jet Mainliners, followed by Friendships

CO: Golden Fan Jets

PA: Clippers and Jet Clippers

TW: The big Connies were Star Liners, and their 707s were Starstream Jets
 
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 1:53 pm

You can really get specific when it comes to marketing terms in the pre-jumbo and jumbo introduction years. Not only were the aircraft "named" (i.e. Whisperjets/Whisperliners), but particular runs were labeled, as well. UA's flights to the Florida and the southwest US were called "Sunbirds," National's 747's were "Sun Kings," UA's service to Hawaii was billed as "The Royal Hawaiian" regardless of A/C, and PS's L1011's were called "Mother Grinning Birds." Their narrow bodies were simply "Grinning Birds." TW had their "Royal Ambassador" service, PA had their "Clippers" and "The President Special (FC) and Rainbow Service (YC)." JA had their jets billed as "Jet Couriers," and BA (then BOAC) had their "Speedbirds."

The various marketing tools went beyond names. The terms were on menus, special service items such as stationary, movie programs, and inflight magazines. It all added some glamour to flying. If you flew coast-to-coast, you flew American's Mercury service, United's Red Carpet, and TWA's Ambassador. It really made flying something special and not the cattle cars of today.
 
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 1:59 pm

Ah, those wonderful airline labels of the 50's, 60's and 70's... Although Northwest never (to the best of my memory) possessed a ".....liner" tag, they used to paint (in rather large letters) the words "Radar Equipped" on their birds. Now THAT'S classic stuff !!
 
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 2:05 pm

Northwest was the first to use the term "Fanjet" on their early 720's and 320B/C's!
 
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Fri Apr 30, 2004 2:09 pm

Tbear815, right you are !! How 'bout this - "Radar Equipped Fanjet". Even more classic!!!
 
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Sat May 01, 2004 1:37 am

Yeah, I flew on "Whisperjets" a lot, 727s and DC-9s. They were noticeably quieter inside than the DC-8s and 707s as I recall, as long as you weren't sitting in the rear of the cabin, of course!

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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Sat May 01, 2004 2:10 am

"Eastern Airlines is please to announce Whisperjet boarding at this time......" Words I lived for as a kid!
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Sat May 01, 2004 2:23 am

The plane starting to make a lot of noise is getting ready for boarding. Please have your passport and card at hand for checking -- Lydd Airport, 1970.

 
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Sat May 01, 2004 2:41 am

Oh yes one more, Allegheny used to call their DC-9s "Vistajets"
 
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Sat May 01, 2004 3:53 am

In comparison to the engines on today's Stage 3 and 4 airplanes, the JT8Ds are extremely loud. But in comparison to the JT3Cs and JT4As on the 707s and DC-8s that were in service when the 727 entered service, the JT8D was noticeably quieter. Everything is relative.
 
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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Sat May 01, 2004 4:25 am

When I was in SEA in -87 I spotted a jetliner (DC-9/B727) with the name JetBus written all over the engines! Anyone knows what carrier I mean?
*I know, has nothing todo with whisperjet*

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RE: Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?

Sat May 01, 2004 4:42 am

StearmanNut:

As mentioned earlier, the Pamper Jets belonged to Texas International, who is not really defunct, it just went through a name change after a merger. It's now known as Continental!

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