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A Testament To The B727

Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:25 am

'In 1972, during an attempted coup d' tat, jets from the Royal Moroccan Air Force fired upon the Boeing 727 of King Hassan II of Morocco while he was traveling to Rabat. After the aircraft survived the attack, the king awarded the plane a medal of honor.'


How many airliners have survived an attack by jet fighters ?


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RE: A Testament To The B727

Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:37 pm

Fired upon the 727? sounds to me more like a "shot over the bow" (ie: warning fire)!?!? Although details lack, it seems that the fighters were not forcing their might on the passenger jet.
 
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RE: A Testament To The B727

Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:46 pm

I wonder what kind of evasive maneuvers they did? Man, this thing flies so nimble, I bet it could do some interesting stuff!
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RE: A Testament To The B727

Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:20 pm

Quoting United727 (Reply 1):
Fired upon the 727? sounds to me more like a "shot over the bow" (ie: warning fire)!?!? Although details lack, it seems that the fighters were not forcing their might on the passenger jet.

No, I saw the details of this in a book. The airplane was hit multiple times with fire from the fighters and severely damaged. It managed to limp to the ground.

The FAA's 727 had a mid-air with a light plane that tore off one side of the horizontal stabilizer and it managed to make it back to OKC.

Slightly off-topic, there have been two 707s that have continued to fly and land with 25-30 feet of one of its wings, and the outboard engine, completely ripped off the plane.

Those airplanes were incredibly solidly built.
 
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RE: A Testament To The B727

Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:54 pm

Don't forget the Alitalia DC-8 hit with an air-to-air missile which managed to get back on the ground in 1970. And also acknolwdge there is an large element of luck surviving such an encounter regardless of manufacturer.

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19700626-1

[Edited 2012-04-09 10:00:30]
 
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RE: A Testament To The B727

Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:33 pm

Impressive, the 727 was a great aircraft. Sadly it had almost disappeared from skies in Germany.

Quoting maxpower1954 (Reply 4):
Don't forget the Alitalia DC-8 hit with an air-to-air missile which managed to get back on the ground in 1970.

Or the DHL A300 in Bagdad
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RE: A Testament To The B727

Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:46 pm

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
How many airliners have survived an attack by jet fighters ?

One was KE902, the seriously off course KE 707 fired at by Soviet fighters when it strayed into Soviet airspace in 1978 en route from ORY to ANC (fuel stop en route to SEL). Made a successful forced landing onto a frozen lake with part of one wing missing. Unfortunately two passengers were killed from the missile debris. Photos in first link in opening post in this thread.
Photos Of 1978 Korean Air 707 Forced Landing (by Gyojoo Jun 6 2008 in Civil Aviation)

Unfortunately the off-course KE 747 (KE007) shot down by the Soviets 5 years later wasn't as lucky.
 
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RE: A Testament To The B727

Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:33 am

There was a DHL A300 that had its wing tip blown off with an RPG.
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RE: A Testament To The B727

Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:43 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 3):
Slightly off-topic, there have been two 707s that have continued to fly and land with 25-30 feet of one of its wings, and the outboard engine, completely ripped off the plane.

Those airplanes were incredibly solidly built.

To quote Joe Patroni, "Take the wings off this and you could use it as a tank! This plane was built to withstand anything, except a bad pilot."

    
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RE: A Testament To The B727

Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:09 am

Quoting United727 (Reply 1):
Fired upon the 727? sounds to me more like a "shot over the bow" (ie: warning fire)!?!? Although details lack, it seems that the fighters were not forcing their might on the passenger jet.

They did directly fire on the aircraft. Legend has it that the King himself got on the radio and pretending to be a crew member, told the F-5 pilots that the cannon fire had killed the King. Only then did they cease firing.
 
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RE: A Testament To The B727

Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:34 am

Quoting fuelfool (Reply 7):
There was a DHL A300 that had its wing tip blown off with an RPG.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Ba...d_DHL_attempted_shootdown_incident

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RE: A Testament To The B727

Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:34 am

I knew there was more to the 727 than a hot figure! Good for her! God bless her and Eastern.
 
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RE: A Testament To The B727

Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:11 am

WOW! What a great plane. They still fly over early in the morning here, Purolator & KFC freighters. Loud & awesome!
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RE: A Testament To The B727

Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:33 am

The 727-200 is a beautiful bird. Visited an old friend yesterday and took these photos. Just today a beautiful all white -200 landed next to my hotel from the Houston Rockets basketball team.

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk296/shipblogger/brucevisit1.jpg
http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk296/shipblogger/brucevisit5.jpg

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RE: A Testament To The B727

Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:14 am

Let's not forget about the Hawker 800 struck by a missile. This Hawker is still in service at my local airport.

http://www.flyingmag.com/pilot-reports/jets/hawker-900xp?page=0,0

"This airplane was designed to have an airframe that would never fail, and none has. It is approved for unpaved runways, even sod -- something very rare for a jet -- and Hawkers have survived both a ground-launched missile strike over Africa and a collision with a glider over the western United States. The crews of both airplanes landed without injury to passengers, though the captain of the Hawker that collided with the glider was injured when the glider's wing smashed into the nose of the jet."

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RE: A Testament To The B727

Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:15 am

Quoting fuelfool (Reply 7):
There was a DHL A300 that had its wing tip blown off with an RPG.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sDRXnr2OsA
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