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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:45 pm

I flew on a total of 29 passenger 727 flights over the years. My first flight - 1979 (EA). My last flight - 2003 (DL).

There was a time back in ‘98 or so when I would fly UA exclusively between PVD and MSY because all four flights (PVD-ORD-MSY and vice versa) were on 72S aircraft. Great memories of those comfortable gray cloth seats with the multi colored stripes running down the middle, that window seat either right in front or right behind the wing to watch the flaps do their thing, listening to channel 9, and enjoying the snack boxes that UA would pass out in Y back then.

When all is said and done, I flew on 727s operated by the following carriers...


American
Carnival
Continental
Delta
Eastern
Northwest
United
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:51 pm

that airframe has either been moved or broken up - someone bought that property and there is a building there now... I had been looking for it not too long ago, and realized there was now a large building there. I still am curious why it was placed there - I think there was going to be some sort of aviation museum on the site but the plans fell through...


Yes, that was supposed to be the site of the "National Museum of Commercial Aviation" in ATL. The 727 there was N113FE, an ex United bird, donated to the museum in 2011. They also had an F-27 (N718FE), originally delivered to Malaysia Airlines in 1971. The museum had big plans, an aviation viewing park, and even a Convair 240 was supposed to be a part of the museum. We toured the area, and planes during the 2015 Airliners International convention (at ATL) in 2015. It's really too bad things didn't work out, their website is actually still operating, see : http://nationalairlinemuseum.org/

I have no idea what happened to the 727, or the F-27. I assume the Convair is still in Florida?
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:21 pm

If we want to talk history, then it is my opinion that the 727 was a more significant aircraft than the 737 despite the huge sales of the latter.

The 727 was the plane that brought cheaper, shorter jet flights to the masses and started off the JT8D in volume that enabled the later 737.

Before anyone brings up allegations of copycatting, Hawker Siddeley was happy to share their data with Boeing on the project and I like to think it improved the safety of the 727 faster in its development cycle. These were days before the nastier aspects of competition were to take hold.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:58 pm

deltatim wrote:
Delta used to refer to it as "one of our 'WIDE-RIDE' Boeing 727s"... Always a fun ride and you knew you were going to come into ATL early from the west coast or LAS because of those three engines - I used to marvel at how quickly the landscape below would move.


What was the range of the 727? I would not have guessed ATL to west coast.

If the 757 was the replacement for the 727, what was the role of the 737 in the product line up?
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:16 am

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
crownvic wrote:
My best flight? Eastern 727-25 STT-SJU. Best flight ever. Power brake t/o from a 4400 foot runway. Fellow A.netters, top that one!


I presume you mean “standing” or “static” take-off

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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:20 am

Then, use the correct terms.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:24 am

My 1st ride was on a KIWI 722 TPA-MDW in 1995. Plus a UA 722 took me to boot camp in 2001, TPA-ORD, they launched space shittle atlantis that day and got to see it from TPA. She is still my favourite plane ever. I would love one more flight on one
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:38 am

There's a B727-200 n the air over the US right now, N215WE, built in 1984 and operating LRD-PTK for Contract Air Cargo.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:56 am

There is still one 727-200 in full American Airlines passenger configuration alive and basically well at KBFI in Seattle. The plane is being restored to airworthy status by the National Airline History Museum.

Other than the usual there is never enough money for restoration projects, the biggest obstacle before us in getting N874AA back in the air is an AD on the JT8D-9A engines that require full tear down and overhaul. As you can imagine this will be a very expensive endeavor. Adding to the problem most MROs that once supported the JT8D no long work on these engines and the cargo airlines that still operate the 727 have been contacted regarding overhauling the engines but none have expressed an interest in helping with the overhaul.

Currently our best bet is to try to get support and employee interest from the American Tulsa MRO facility, so that AA management will allow those interested employees to donate time to overhaul the engines in Tulsa. If the engines are overhauled our maintenance people estimate 13 years of operation at which time the AD will once again kick-in but also the plane should become economically unsupportable, due to parts availability.

We regularly hold fundraising dining events on the plane to help fund the restoration, and once the engine AD issue is resolved will have regular ground runs. You can find out more about the plane at its Facebook page N874AA. We have a lunch event tentatively planned for Saturday, March 17 or 24. Check our FB page during the next week for exact date.

I have never been able to successfully post pictures here on Airliners, but we have plenty on the plane's page. If someone wishes to give me help on how to post pictures here I will be glad to post some of N874AA.

Have a nice evening and I hope to see you soon at an N874AA event.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:03 am

Let's see, I flew on these:

EA (Both 100 and 200 series)
UA (200 series)
NA (200 series)
AC (200 series)
PE (200 series)
Trump Shuttle (100 series)

Loved them all!
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:02 am

I agree! The 727 is STILL in service in Iran with Iran Aseman Airlines to this day!
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:21 am

questions wrote:
What was the range of the 727? I would not have guessed ATL to west coast.

If the 757 was the replacement for the 727, what was the role of the 737 in the product line up?


Hello,

The 737 initially served a market segment clearly below the 727. The -100 and -200 versions would carry up to 124 / 136 pax respectively over distances of 1500 / 2600nm.
The 727-200 for comparison would seat 155 pax and fly up to 2550nm (figures for 727-200 Advanced)

When the first 757-200 were delivered in 1982, it would carry 228 passengers over 3915nm. Thus, the 757 was not only a successor, but in reality a significant upgrade in capacity and range over the 727. In order to close the gap left by the stop of 727 production in 1982, the 737 "classic" series (-300 / -400 / -500) was created from 1984. Pax count would increase to 149 with range of 2255nm (-300 figures). The 737-300 would therefore be able to do almost everything a 727-200 could, but at much lower operating cost.

Best regards,
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:44 am

I consider the 727, especially the -200, to be a really sexy looking airplane. I've flown on many 727s during my life, the first on a UA -100 in 1970 from EWR to ORD and the last I think was in 2001 on a UA -200 from EWR to ORD. In between there were flights on PI, EA, AA, NW, DL, CO, KP, PE, and many more on UA.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:56 pm

I believe that every US major flew the 727 at some point (including Southwest for a short while).

They dominated airports like DCA.

But in the day, I saw them as run of the mill. I wouldn’t go out of my way to fly them, especially if I could get on a wide-body, which was easier to do then.
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:03 pm

Oh the memories,I remember seeing my first 727 in early sept.1963 at LGA it was doing demo flights. I'll never forget how exciting it was.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:05 pm

PennPal wrote:
My first commercial flight was on a 727...Eastern FMY-ATL Autumn 1977. Fond memories!!


Same here ... PSA LAX to SFO in October 1977. The 727 is still my favorite commercial aircraft ... nothing beats it in terms of aesthetics.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:14 pm

My only displeasure about the 727 was not getting to fly on enough of them. I never got tired of them. Never. I could have flown on twice as many, three times as many, even four times as many, and I still wouldn't get tired of those. There were times when I would compare the 727 to food and I would starve the same way a poor child in Ethiopia would die of hunger. This is what I call 727 starvation.

In 1982, when I was 12, I flew United from LAS to SFO, with my parents, my brother and my grandparents. It was my first flight on United, ever. I was extremely disappointed. At that time my father had talked to me about United. I was so convinced that it would be a 727 I would be on, because at that time the US majors were flying lots of those within the United States, United had a huge fleet of 727s if not the largest one in the world. I think that, if I do the math correctly, United had more or less one tenth of all 1830 Boeing 727s built. I felt good and was exited with the idea of flying on a United 727. I was happy until I arrived at the gate. I found out at the last minute it was a 737, which I didn't care about. Oh what a disappointment. I was so appalled. I was so mad. This was one of my biggest disappointments in my whole life.

This was one of many disappointments. I could write about many more of them but then my post will be very long so I will stop here. I could write several pages about me and the 727.

Have I flown on 727s? The answer is...the answer is...NOT ENOUGH.
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:44 am

I had the pleasure to cater one of the last 727 flew by Sun Country Airlines. They retired their last 2 in 2002.
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:06 am

My family used to fly to SMF on AA. We'd fly ILM-CLT on PD 737-200adv followed by AA 727-200adv to DFW and DC-9-30 on AA to SMF. Id have my dad put us in the very back on the 727 so i could sit next to the engine. 727 was my favorite plane in the 80's-90's-00's.
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:00 am

I think that I may have flown as a passenger in the 727 more than any other airframe. My dad worked for DL for 33 years. As a result, we flew all over the country, first from MSY to STL or DFW (back when it was still a hub) and then on to the other stations. So very many of those flights were on widget wearing 727s. Being an airline brat, I was frequently privileged to visit the cockpits and sit in the jumpseat while things were getting started up front before push back and sometimes even during the flight! I've still got several pairs of those plastic widget wings they would give to the kids.

While normally, being non-rev, we'd wind up being placed in first class as those were usually where the open seats were, sometimes we'd wind up in coach. Watching the wings go through all of the various transformations during approach was always a mind blower for me as a kid. Approaching MSY from the north, you'd watch the flaps extend and angle down to the point where you could see the lake through the gaps in the wing. The roar of the engines when the thrust reversers would activate was just incredible.

While the 727 could be a quick plane to be sure, it wasn't the fastest bird out there. My dad used to retell a story to me about (if I remember correctly) Eastern having a flight to New York that left a few minutes before a following Delta flight. Eastern was using a 727 while Delta was still using a Convair 880. I'm not sure that this is from MSY as dad did work from ATL for a while at first before transferring down here. The Eastern flight would take off while the Delta flight was just closing the doors. Somewhere about a state away, the Delta flight would pass the Eastern flight in the air and the pilot would announce to the passengers something to the effect of "And if you'll look out the window to the left, you'll see Eastern flight ### which left a while before us. We at Delta are happy to get you to your destination faster than our competition. Make sure to wave to them when they get off the plane while you're already leaving the airport with your luggage!" He said that some of the pilots would chide the Eastern pilots about not getting their bucket of bolts to go any faster. It could be complete BS, but its still a fun story to tell.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:17 am

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Then, use the correct terms.


I can use whatever term I want to use.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:33 am

I will never forget being on a hillside next to CNS in 1990 and seeing a TN 727-276 take off over the city, and the incredible noise it made as it did so. What brought it into sharp focus was that a then-new QF 747-438 took off immediately afterwards in comparative near-silence.

Those 727s were really, really noisy!
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:40 am

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There were times when I would compare the 727 to food and I would starve the same way a poor child in Ethiopia would die of hunger. This is what I call 727 starvation.


Well... that's a unique analogy for sure. :shock:
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:54 pm

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I had the pleasure to cater one of the last 727 flew by Sun Country Airlines. They retired their last 2 in 2002.


American also retired their last 727s in 2002. I wrote in my last post my displeasure about 727 starvation, where I meant I would be deprived of 727s (imagine this: you are sitting at a table in a restaurant you are starving to death, all you are allowed to eat is a couple of lettuce leaves while everyone else sitting around you on the same table is enjoying bread and a good dish...that was how I felt for a long time) a lot and not get to fly on enough of them, but at least I got to fly on the very final flight with American from TPA to MIA. I flew MIA-TPA-MIA just for that. This was my last flight on a 727, ever. The original plan for American and United was to keep them till 2003, had 9-11 not happened. And I believe that Delta had plans to keep theirs till as late as 2005.

I believe that today (2018) there are now less than 60 airworthy 727s left in the world, including only 4 100 Series at the most. Even Fed Ex doesn't fly those anymore.
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:41 pm

Kalitta has 8 of them in their fleet! Really insane..
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:00 pm

Iran Aseman Airlines still has 3 200 Series in pax service. I believe that this is the only operator in the world that still flies 727s in pax service. All others are freighters. Kalitta, as mentioned above by Veigar, an other one that still flies the 727 is s Cargo Jet, a Canadian company. You won't get to fly on a 727, ever again for the rest of your life, unless you go to Iran now before it's too late or your work for one of those cargo companies including the ones I mention, or you go non-rev because you know someone who is a captain for one of those and can invite you to fly on the jump seat.
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:01 pm

TWA302 wrote:
SuperGee wrote:
727200 wrote:
Best part were the rear air stairs on stretch '27


Yup. Just ask DB Cooper!

By the way, I am sure that someone here can help me with a question I have been curious about. Which was the first US airline to retire all of their 727's (and when) and which was the last US airline to do so (and when). Thanks.


Delta was the last airline to fly scheduled 727 flight in April 2003. Champion Air (charters) shut down in 2008. I don't know who was the first to retire all of their 727s but I would GUESS that it was UA. None flew after 2001 from what I remember. Someone can correct me.


United retired all 727 's and 737-200's on October 30,2001. Last 727 flight was DEN-OAK.
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:11 pm

OzarkD9S wrote:
If I'm not mistaken I had the pleasure of flying the 727-100/200 on the following:

Braniff (original)
American
Delta
TWA
Air Canada

The last one I flew was TPA-STL on TWA in the late 90's. Or maybe DCA-STL. Memory is fuzzy but I liked that plane almost as much as a DC-9. :fluffy:


My 727 experience was very similar:

Braniff (original)
American
Delta
TWA
Eastern
Piedmont

Pretty sure my last 727 flight was late 90s TWA STL-MCI. If not then, it was TPA-STL.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:18 pm

I got to see a glimpse of the parade of tall ships in New York harbor on July 4, 1976 from a red Braniff 727-200.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:20 pm

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The 727 is my favorite airplane.


It was also my favorite airplane. I used to fly on it all the time from DCA to BOS.
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:22 pm

SunsetLimited wrote:
I flew on a total of 29 passenger 727 flights over the years. My first flight - 1979 (EA). My last flight - 2003 (DL).

There was a time back in ‘98 or so when I would fly UA exclusively between PVD and MSY because all four flights (PVD-ORD-MSY and vice versa) were on 72S aircraft. Great memories of those comfortable gray cloth seats with the multi colored stripes running down the middle, that window seat either right in front or right behind the wing to watch the flaps do their thing, listening to channel 9, and enjoying the snack boxes that UA would pass out in Y back then.

When all is said and done, I flew on 727s operated by the following carriers...


American
Carnival
Continental
Delta
Eastern
Northwest
United


What was Carnival airlines like?
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:39 pm

I flew on the 727 twice both on Ansett Australia between Sydney and Coolangatta (Gold Coast) in about 1994. We were ahead of the wing in economy and all you could hear is the air rushing over the fuselage during the cruise and descent - barely any noise at all.

I know it was a different story during take off down the back, but hey :) Nice smooth ride. Glad I got to try the aircraft!
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:44 pm

Why have engine on the wings aircraft designs (eg, 757) taken over vs engine on the rear portion of the fuselage (eg, 727)?
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:51 pm

Many hours on 727s; mostly Air Canada's but also Delta, AA. My most memorable 727 flight though, was on a shorty (100 series) on Ladeco in the early '90s, from Santiago to Concepcion in Chile, down along the spine of the Andes at dusk.

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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:02 pm

hitower3 wrote:
questions wrote:
What was the range of the 727? I would not have guessed ATL to west coast.

If the 757 was the replacement for the 727, what was the role of the 737 in the product line up?


Hello,

The 737 initially served a market segment clearly below the 727. The -100 and -200 versions would carry up to 124 / 136 pax respectively over distances of 1500 / 2600nm.
The 727-200 for comparison would seat 155 pax and fly up to 2550nm (figures for 727-200 Advanced)

When the first 757-200 were delivered in 1982, it would carry 228 passengers over 3915nm. Thus, the 757 was not only a successor, but in reality a significant upgrade in capacity and range over the 727. In order to close the gap left by the stop of 727 production in 1982, the 737 "classic" series (-300 / -400 / -500) was created from 1984. Pax count would increase to 149 with range of 2255nm (-300 figures). The 737-300 would therefore be able to do almost everything a 727-200 could, but at much lower operating cost.

Best regards,
Hendric


The 727 was designed for high performance from runways too short for previous jet transports like the 707 and DC-8. It allowed jet device for short and medium range airports that had not yet extended runways to accommodate jets. With 3 engines, it could handle over water flights with longer than 60 minute diversion times in the pre-ETOPS era. It could also handle hot and high airports. The 757-200 was designed as a higher capacity successor to the 727 which also had similar runway performance. With ETOPS coming online just 3 years years after its introduction, the 757 could handle the not only the same challenging airports as the 727 but could handle over water flights too.

The 737 was mostly a light twin engined plane designed to compete against the DC-9 but with the same 6 abreast fuselage cross section as the 727. It was intended for mostly short range and operation from airports with less support equipment for jets. The short landing gear made it easy for ground crews to service engines while standing on the tarmac rather than in vehicles. The early 737's were definitely smaller than 727's. It wasn't till the 737-800 came out that the a 737 model was as large as a 727-200 and could be a direct replacement in capacity. Still the only 737NG's that had 727 field performance initially were the 737-700 and 737-600.
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:06 pm

I have two clear memories from all the 727 flights I have taken.

1. Connecting in DFW with AA in about 1984 when they were really serious about hub and spoke. When we pushed back from the gate I looked to left and right and every plane I could see was simultaneously pushing back. Very impressive, but I don't think they could all take off at the same time !

2. Landing in STL sitting next to a TWA captain who flew 727. He told me that everyone wanted to land them above the specified speed (154 knots ? mph ?) because they didn't want to run the risk of stalling.
 
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:20 pm

deltatim wrote:
Narfish641 wrote:
If I'm not mistaken, everytime I pass by near the airport in Atlanta (Depending on what highway and what exit you would get off), there is this really old frames that looks like a 727 owned by FedEx just sitting there with no engines in the middle of exit loop. I'll try to find an image somewhere if I can. It looks very cool.


Alas, my friend - that airframe has either been moved or broken up - someone bought that property and there is a building there now... I had been looking for it not too long ago, and realized there was now a large building there. I still am curious why it was placed there - I think there was going to be some sort of aviation museum on the site but the plans fell through... someone correct me if I'm mistaken.




I dont know what happend to the airframe BUT I know where the engines are!!!! They are currently stored at Atlanta Technical College.. In the hanger as static displays for the A&P school.. they were nasty when we got them birds nests caked up dirt from sitting for years. the school was shut down by the FAA a couple years ago right before I got my license thankfully.. They also have a RB211 off one of the L1011 really cool to look at but again just a static display.
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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:11 am

I had the please of flying the 727 as flight engineer and first officer. It was my first jet after a stint as a CFI. It was and still is the best hand flying aircraft I've had the pleasure of operating. I've flown two of the final few 727s still flying in the states.

There were three specific flights that really stick in my memory. 1) I was the FE on the final 727-100 freighter flight in the USA. 2) My takeoff, one minute before the TFR started for the Great Tennessee Airshow. There were around 10,000 people standing right next to the runway as we departed. And 3) I was the FO with two other 20 somethings from my college with our newly upgraded captain. It was pretty cool when the company gave us the jet.

I hope we can get 10 more years out of the 727. It's a beautiful bird.

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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:58 am

questions wrote:
Why have engine on the wings aircraft designs (eg, 757) taken over vs engine on the rear portion of the fuselage (eg, 727)?


Lots of reasons: wing-mounted engines reduce wing bending moment, allowing a lighter structure. The new high bypass engines are heavier than the old low bypass turbofans and more difficult to fit on the fuselage and, being heavier, create balance problems unless accounted for in wing placement. The tail mounted engines and a “clean” wing without engines effecting the flow allowed for, given the technology of wings at the time, better short field performance, a design brief for the B727 and VC-10, for example. The economics of offering different engines came about in the 1980 generation, as different engine manufacturers offered a mix of advantages and cost efficiencies. No tail-mounted design offered different engines, except the DC-10 and the Pratt powered one was very much a custom deal for NWA and JAL. Lastly, engineering has fashions, T-tails and tail mounted engines was one of them. Now, tail mounted engines only make sense on business jets where field performance and ease of airstair design are paramount.

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Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:46 am

SpaceshipDC10 wrote:
SuperGee wrote:
727200 wrote:
BWhich was the first US airline to retire all of their 727's (and when) .


TWA ? See here: viewtopic.php?t=44371


PSA probably. About 1978.

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