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Back To The 727 Days

Mon Nov 20, 2006 4:26 am

I know that Wings did a tribute to the trijet some weeks ago, but look at that photo. There are ten aircraft on it, eight of them are B727s from seven different airlines! That reminds me a lot ORD when the 727s were everywhere.


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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:00 am

I miss the 727...I grew up flying on them from NY to Florida. Never had a bad flight on one!
 
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:04 am

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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:54 am

I was lucky enough to fly a 727 once on NW from LGA to MSP, I believe... I was a mere child and thought nothing of it! Oh well...
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:59 am

Interesting how many airlines had gates on the same concourse in that photo. Does anyone know how LGA arranged their gates in the early 80s to allow for so many airlines in one area like that?
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:06 am

Here's a RARE 727-200:


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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:43 am

God and how many of those airlines are gone or almost dead?

NW: Better off Dead
TW: Sadly gone
AA: Bought TW
CO: Before my beloved airline's downfall, or right at the start with the date of that pic.
UA: Almost back from the brink
NY: Part of CO
EA: Gone
DL: Should be dead
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:47 am

Great memories, thanks for sharing!
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:55 am

Quoting Shinkai (Reply 2):
Life goes on. Your current BMW 7 series will be a classic in 50 years.

But the 727 was a great flight! The quietest flight I ever took was in First on an Eastern flight from LGA - MIA. On today's airliners, you always hear the drone of the engines!
 
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:59 am

Interestingly, I've flown the 727-200 only two times, both on overseas flights: Tokyo (Haneda) to Osaka (Itami) in 1970, and Taipei-Hong Kong (Kai Tak) a few weeks later.
 
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:26 am

The seven two is, second to the 707, my favourite airliner of all time. Beautiful, perfect aeroplane. My first flight was on one (VH-ANA Sydney to Brisbane, some time in the late 70s) and I had many others, more Ansett (including VH-ANA again in the late 90s just before she was retired after a couple of decades of service), Continental and United in the USA, Syrianair (now that was one tired bird! - but flew beautifully) and just a few weeks ago, a non-ADV ex Air France bird from Dubai to Tehran on Iran Aseman ("Iranian Sky" in Farsi), and it was just the most beautiful ride, old plane and a very anaemic takeoff and climbout, but so graceful. Nearly as much fun as the Saha 707s. I still hold out of hope of getting to Central or South America to get a -100 (which I've never flown).

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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:28 pm

Many great memories of the AS 727s . . . and EA 727s . . . and DL 727s.

By far, my favorite aircraft. Sleek, fast, graceful performer. A classic amongst classics.


Last 727 I flew was an AA 727 from MIA-CUR in 1999. Damn fine birds.
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:29 pm

Interesting to call up the other shots of this plane:


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It lost an engine in 1989 after it ingested a chunk of blue ice -- the incident, I believe, Patrick Smith refered to when he coined the phrase "when the s**t hits the turbofan."

Otherwise, I love the thread starter photo. What is the Eastern twin in the background? A300 or 767? Forgive my ignorance. I remember when PHL looked something like that and virtually nothing that flew over my childhood home had engines on the wings.
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:06 pm

Quoting HangarRat (Reply 12):
What is the Eastern twin in the background? A300

It's a 300.

I dno't believe EA ever had 767s.
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:18 pm

I really love the look of 727s. It's so much cleaner looking than the pod-on-wing jets that have survived. I don't think we'll quite see that sort of grace until we see BWBs...so not for a while, except the DoD. I suppose I could just admire the B-2, then.  Wink
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:29 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 13):
I dno't believe EA ever had 767s

I wasn't sure, but doubted they did, although I do remember the EA 75s with "757" on the tail. Seems like most carriers that bought 75s bought 76s too.

Back on topic, I miss the 727 a great deal. I flew it AA to the Caribbean a number of times and with TAME in Ecuador too. Quiet, comfortable and good looking too.
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:39 pm

Quoting HangarRat (Reply 15):
I wasn't sure, but doubted they did, although I do remember the EA 75s with "757" on the tail. Seems like most carriers that bought 75s bought 76s too.

Yeah, that seems right. But I think EA died before the 767 made it to their fleet. Regardless . . . it is an A300 in that photo . . .

Flew an EA A300 from MIA-MCO in 1982 . . . only time I've ever been on an A300.
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:44 pm

Check out the Delta 727 retirement website. It has hundreds of rare pictures from the final 727 flights to Victorville.
 
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RE: Back To The 727 Days

Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:51 pm

I got lucky enough to fly DEN-IND in a UA 727-200 in the summer of 2001, right before they were retired. LOOOOOONG takeoff roll...
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