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Old 27th Feb 2016, 01:57
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Thumbs up First 727 to fly again

One more time from Everett to Seattle

Original Boeing 727 prepares for its final takeoff | The Seattle Times

The first Boeing 727 — a model that became one of the company’s top-selling planes of all time — will take to the skies one last time after a 25-year restoration effort. It’s bound for its final home, the Museum of Flight.
Unlike other restored planes, the 727 was rebuilt solely to fly one last time. The plane is tentatively scheduled to take its final flight next Wednesday — if weather permits — around 10 a.m. from Paine Field in Everett, where it has been sitting for the last 25 years, to Boeing Field.
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Old 27th Feb 2016, 04:50
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United paid close to $4.4 million for the line’s prototype, which generated more than $300 million for the airline and carried close to 3 million passengers in its 27-year career, according to the museum.
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A friend of mine's son is involved in that project. He sent me this photo yesterday:

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Next Wed tentative ferry Flight

Here's the latest I've received from Bob B, and the MoF info and releases...

WX pending,... the Boeing 727-22 prototype's Final Flight is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2nd at 10:30 AM. KPAE to KBFI.

At Everett, for the takeoff, doors open for visitors at 0900.

At KBFI, the MoF also will have a related landing event opening at about 0900.

I've heard that Clay L is potentially being lined up to do the photo chase, and also potentially one of the locally based Aerostars
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Have I got this right, they spent 25 years and half a million bucks restoring it and they are going to fly it once, and once only, for 15mins?
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Old 27th Feb 2016, 19:19
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Only a "One time ferry flight" For a good reason

E1 (N7001U) needs to be ferried from the restoration facility at KPAE, to KBFI for the MoF for permanent display. It was less expensive and easier, with the local roads and bridges involved, to do a one time ferry flight (in a specific limited ferry configuration) than it was to disassemble and truck it, and then re-assemble it at BFI. Flying it any more extensively than this one time very short duration limited ferry flight would have necessitated a much more extensive renovation.
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727 final flight.

Are they even going to raise the gear and flaps?
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747ti:

I've heard that Clay L is potentially being lined up to do the photo chase, and also potentially one of the locally based Aerostars
I know a locally based Aerostar pilot in your area who is also long-time friends with Clay L.
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Old 27th Feb 2016, 23:17
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Reminds me of the old question:
727 = x3 engines
737 = x2 engines.

I'll get me coat ...
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I've already got my coat, so 707 = ? engines
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Originally Posted by pppdrive View Post
I've already got my coat, so 707 = ? engines
At least they got it right with the Whale.
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707 =0 engines
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I saw this 727 at the MoF facility at Paine Field last year, when I went there to see the Comet they are restoring.

It featured prominently in the laid-back "airside" briefing I received from one of the volunteers: "If you go out onto the ramp, don't go beyond the nose of the 727."

I didn't realize it was such a special 727, nor that it would fly again.

DH fans, don't get your hopes up - the Comet will NEVER fly again.

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I'd love to fly a 727-100 again, even if it was a one way trip.

Landing it in the same condition it took off in of course.
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Smile I liked the 727!

I was a regular passenger on 727s in the late 70s on Air Algerie.Always enjoyed flying in them.
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My Only 727 Experience.

Only rode once in a three-holer, returning from our Florida honeymoon in March 1980. After landing at PIT, one unique feature of that aircraft was put to use upon landing. The jet way at the gate was inop, so we exited on that convenient stairway under the center engine. THAT was a warm and cozy disembarking.
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I wouldn't be here if I hadn't flown on 727.

Due to family reasons, I had my first flights at around age 4 or 5 arguably on a 727. In the initial flights its oscillating(?) wing persuaded me that it would be a matter of minutes before it breaks. Well it didn't not in the first flight I observed it neither on any consecutive flights - obviously. So after a few flights I started enjoy flying. I was treated to some cockpit visits after the flight (no problem back in 70's). I was treated to my first cockpit landing on 727 practically by accident but by then the love with airplanes had began.

I wish I had the chance to help save and restore the what is believed to be the original 727-200 used by my local airline but it did not work out.
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You are talking like the 727 isn't operative any longer.
I consider it still flying around the world!
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Originally Posted by Flybiker7000 View Post
You are talking like the 727 isn't operative any longer.
I consider it still flying around the world!
Unfortunately they aren't any in my part of the world and I can't fly on cargo ones and God forbid, I like to avoid those, flown in the past by Con-pilot.
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Boeing 727 Prototype last ever flight very shortly

"Heads up"

In just over one hour the very first "Prototype" Boeing 727 will carry out its last ever flight after a 25 year restoration project. It'll only last 15 minutes but will be well worth watching as it's being streamed live at 6.00pm UTC. Don't miss it!

The Museum of Flight on Livestream.

https://www.museumofflight.org/727-final-flight
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