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last 727 Pax Flight

Old 15th Jan 2019, 19:26
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last 727 Pax Flight

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I had some beautiful smooth landings in the old -200 series, sometimes under challenging conditions. Of course that was in between some firm ones, sometimes in nice conditions.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 19:45
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Canīt help it, I still think its the most beautiful airliner ever, especially the short ones just do look right to me. Donīt miss the racket they made, though
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 19:51
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It was the first Jet I flew and the best.
A real pilots plane.
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Flew Engineer and co-pilot on it. Wish I would have had the opportunity to fly captain. Loved that jet! Would still be on it if we had it.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 03:59
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Salute!

My second-ever experience flying (except as an unaware infant) was in a 727 (either Eastern or NorthEast, both of which it outlasted). My last 727 ride was 1991 - courtesy of American, to Nashville. It ended in one of the 72's notorious "arrivals" - - hardest touchdown I've ever experienced. Nevertheless, a favorite ride - and I even got to experience a few "powerbacks" before they were discountenanced.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 04:44
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B727 and VC10 are the best looking airliners made.I used to regularly pax on 727s in West Africa until around 2005, great aeroplane indeed.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 04:45
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As a 727 F/O on my first real airline job, I often wondered if the machine was half in charge of me, and if the machine wasn't, then the Flight engineer was!

3 years flying a wonderful jet that I would no have missed at any price.
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Originally Posted by His dudeness View Post
Canīt help it, I still think its the most beautiful airliner ever, especially the short ones just do look right to me. Donīt miss the racket they made, though
You could have had the beauty without the noise with one of these.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 06:24
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My last flight on a 727-200 was with Syrian Arab Airlines back in 2006. I flew from Aleppo to Damascus in 45 mins. OK I paid roughly Ģ10 to upgrade to first class, what a treat. It looked like the cabin hadn't been modified in anyway and reminded me of 70's style seating.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 08:27
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Originally Posted by His dudeness View Post
Canīt help it, I still think its the most beautiful airliner ever, especially the short ones just do look right to me. Donīt miss the racket they made, though
Certainly my favourite American jet airliner...!
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 09:23
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Done a few wheel changes on them.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 09:37
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What was it about the 727 which made it so hard to land consistently? - I once got whiplash from a landing while I was snoozing on the jumpseat - really painful - I thought I had awoken to the end of the world!

But sorry TriStar - it's got nothing on the 72's looks - I think it's the rakish lines and clean wing. Loved the 'nicotine' orange aura of the cockpit too.

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Old 16th Jan 2019, 09:39
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I flew on one of the last Dan-Air 727 flights LEI-LGW before the fleet was grounded I think in 1989. Long time ago but the seats down the back were more like armchairs with ample leg room, air vents in the back of the seat in front of you and windows aligned with the seats. Bloody noisy though.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 09:41
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Originally Posted by His dudeness View Post
Canīt help it, I still think its the most beautiful airliner ever, especially the short ones just do look right to me. Donīt miss the racket they made, though
Come to East Yorkshire, the one that flies out of DSA (Finningly) makes a racket, and I can pick it out, as soon as it comes into earshot. Looks lovely too 1
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 12:05
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Was lucky to fly on the sole Wardair ship Cy Becker CF-FUN AUG 1972 from Dubrovnik to Gatwick - Awesome to see it arrive at DBV to take us home...We took off into one of the biggest Thunderstorms over the Adriatic and I have never seen a storm and turbulence to this day like it whilst airborne.

Should've been a BCAL 1-11 500 but they had lost one at Corfu the month before so were short of aircraft for IT work.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 12:08
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Originally Posted by WilliumMate View Post
I flew on one of the last Dan-Air 727 flights LEI-LGW before the fleet was grounded I think in 1989. Long time ago but the seats down the back were more like armchairs with ample leg room, air vents in the back of the seat in front of you and windows aligned with the seats. Bloody noisy though.
Invited in 1973 to fly on the ''new'' three Dan Air 727-100's (ex JAL ships) for the day from LGW to Palma and back - DA had put in 2 extra door exits at the rear (like the -200 series) and plonked about 154 seats in it
Talk about cosy...
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 12:19
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I flew (as 19 year old wannabe pilot) in jump seat on last revenue service for Ansett B727 PER MEL back in 1995/6.

As the circles of aviation go, the very witty F/E on that flight now works with the same airline I fly for as a Captain. I had the good fortune to fly with him as his FO prior to becoming a Captain myself.

Great aeroplane.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 14:24
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Originally Posted by midnight cruiser View Post
What was it about the 727 which made it so hard to land consistently?
mc,

You'll certainly get a range of opinion, but I didn't find the airplane particularly difficult to land consistently. Those with an affinity for flap 40 landings often made life more difficult than it had to be. I really didn't care if the FO used 40 but reminded them they would be standing in the door saying goodbye to deplaning pax...plan accordingly.

It did have the occasional Boeing "skip" but just don't extend the spoilers mid-skip and you'd be OK.

The airplane is incredibly stable.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 14:28
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The most beautiful of the trijets for my money and there's nothing like walking up into the bowels of the aircraft via the rear stairs.
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Old 16th Jan 2019, 14:38
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Often referred to as a "Three Hole" airplane...three engines, three toilets, three F/A and three Ass xxxx in the cockpit.
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