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lindy field
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Ozark 727s: History

Sat May 12, 2001 5:14 am

Surfing around the web, I came across a photo of an Ozark Airlines 727 on the www.ozarkairlines.com webpage. I was unaware that Ozark flew this aircraft, and there are no photos in the airliners.net database. Does anyone know the numbers of a/c operated, routes, and dates? Was this an aircraft that never flew? Thanks for the info.
 
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RE: Ozark 727s: History

Sat May 12, 2001 5:20 am

Ozark never flew the a/c, as they (N720ZK,N721ZK) went immediately to Pan Am. I think that the OZ 727's were some of the best looking of the type.......
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
 
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RE: Ozark 727s: History

Sat May 12, 2001 5:23 am

Were they purchased/leased second-hand? Was this at the time of the merger with TWA? Planned routes?
 
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RE: Ozark 727s: History

Sat May 12, 2001 5:29 am

No, they were sold directly to Pan Am right off the Boeing flight line......This was around 1983, The TW deal happened in 1986.
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RE: Ozark 727s: History

Sat May 12, 2001 5:35 am

Thank you for the help.
 
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RE: Ozark 727s: History

Sat May 12, 2001 6:10 am

Actually, the two 727-2D4s were built in 1979. If I remember the story I read, OZ ordered three 727s. By the time they were near delivery, fuel prices had shot up and OZ was trying to cut costs. The two completed a/c immediately went to PA and the third was cancelled.

Douglas was also trying hard to keep one of its loyal customers. OZ finally ordered the MD-80 and recieved four of them prior to the TWA merger.

The two -2D4s that were built are now making nightly visits to MEM. (N287/288FE)
 
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RE: Ozark 727s: History

Sat May 12, 2001 6:17 am

You messages on this subject rang a bell, as I seem to recall having seen the aircraft in service with Ozark. I was working in that part of the US in 1980, and went through STL a number of times, which is where I remember seeing them. (When you used to sit on an Ozark flight out on one of the dreaded J-dock gates waiting for a mobile lounge to get there, one had plenty of time to look out the window.)

I checked Bill Harms' websites, and the 2 727s involved show up as 727-2D4, D4 being Ozark's customer code. Harms also shows them being delivered in October of 1979, so the timing could work. I know some folks from the original Ozark/Krazo, so I'll ask them what they remember, and if they have any pictures.

After PA had them, the 2 aircraft ended up at Fedex converted as freighters, and are currently flying as N287FE and N288FE, respectively.
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More On Ozark 727s

Sat May 12, 2001 8:48 am

Found one photo...

http://iidbs.com/ozark/ozac12.htm



Spoke to a buddy of mind who dispatched there at the time, and his recollection is that the one of the Ozark 727s did operate a charter or two in the very short time that they were there, but they never went into *scheduled* service. Maybe that's why I can't shake the thought of having seen one during one of my many trips through STL around that timeframe.

My buddy is checking arount to see if other phots (and info on OZ 727 flights operated) exists. If so, I'll post back, and/or upload them to the database..
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RE: Ozark 727s: History

Sat May 12, 2001 8:51 am

That would be the photo I came across earlier. I would love to see more. Please upload anything you come across, with permission of the photographer, of course. Thanks for the info you provided, OPNL guy.
 
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RE: Ozark 727s: History

Sat May 12, 2001 8:55 am

According to "Jet Airliner Production List Vol 2", N720ZK was delivered to Ozark on Oct 11 1979 and then sold to Pan Am on Oct 23, 1979. N721ZL was delivered to Ozark a few days later on Oct 25 1979 and sold to Pan Am the same day.

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