copper1
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Another 727 Passing, A Sad Day

Tue Oct 03, 2000 3:58 am

TWA has finished with their 727's in the passenger role. It is getting more and more difficult to see passenger 727's in North America. How much longer will Boeing's classic three holer be plying the skys with paying passengers ? I fear the end is in sight.

Thank God for dedicated cargo companies.

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RE: Another 727 Passing, A Sad Day

Tue Oct 03, 2000 4:07 am

I hope they will fly as long as it is possible. For instance, nine 727s are still flying in Yugoslavia.
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RE: Another 727 Passing, A Sad Day

Tue Oct 03, 2000 5:08 am

On a flight from STL to CMH the pilot told us all about the history of the plane. (We were on a new 717 for the first time). The pilot mentioned that the 727 was known as "The Pig". Any idea why?
 
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RE: Another 727 Passing, A Sad Day

Tue Oct 03, 2000 6:19 am

Delta will still have their 727s for another two years until they get enough 737-800s in their fleet to slowly retire the 727s.
 
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RE: Another 727 Passing, A Sad Day

Tue Oct 03, 2000 6:48 am

AA is still flying theirs.
 
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RE: Another 727 Passing, A Sad Day

Tue Oct 03, 2000 6:58 am

American still has quite a few left, 60 200's or so, and plans to operate the type for three or four more years. The first 727-223 was delivered in the 1960's! By 2004, American will be 727 free. The very first 727, a 100, was delivered in 1964 so when American retires its last 727 it'll celebrate two things: the last 727 flight and fourty years of 727 operation. The last 100 was retired seven years ago already.

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RE: Another 727 Passing, A Sad Day

Tue Oct 03, 2000 7:19 am

To Flybulldog, I am not sure exactly why they call it "the pig" but after my experience on an AA 727 in March I can tell you why I would call it the pig. I have told this story a couple of times under different topics. We were flying from MIA to DFW and we were experiencing some pretty rough turbulence over the gulf while flying at 31000 feet. The pilot mentioned that aircraft ahead of us had said the air was clear at 35000 but because of our weight at the time we could not climb that high, only to 33,000. So, we went to 33,000 but it was still bumpy so he came back down to 31,000 and we rode the bumps for about 25 minutes. It was pretty bad and alot of the people on board were scared. But that is my story of "The Pig". I like 727's, this was just a performance related story.

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RE: Another 727 Passing, A Sad Day

Tue Oct 03, 2000 7:36 am

Flybulldog:

'The Pig' is TWA's internal nickname for the 727. In fact, when the plane landed in St. Louis they had a pig roast as part of the festivities!

Copper1: This subject has been brought up twice in the past three days:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/295974/

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/297087/

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