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The World’s Last Passenger 727 Just Flew for the Last TimeOn Sunday, an airplane that used to be the most popular in the world flew its last scheduled flight with passengers. A Boeing 727 operated its final passenger flight, between two Iranian cities. (www.msn.com) More...
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I believe they looked into a re-engineing program about the same time they were pitching an upgrade for the 707 / DC-8 fleets in the late 1970's. The fly in the ointment came from the third engine buried in the tail, that made modification a nightmare. Cammacorp had an easier time on the DC-8 changing them to CFM56, it still involved new nacelles on down. Newer airframe designs were on the way and Jet-A was 13 cents a gallon. Efficiency meant run it out and then park it. Bummer, my first airport memories involved my dad taking us out to CID to watch Ozark and United 727 roaring off to parts unknown (made an impression on 4 year old me in 1972)
Pretty lucky to have seen it under Ozark livery. They only owned 2 727s.
FedEx re-engined the 727 and made it available to anyone that wanted it. They used their 727's for freight for quite some time, finally replacing them with the Airbus.
Hush kits for the noise. Fedex sold them to anyone for more than what the plane was worth. I believe the last Fedex 72 flight was around April of 2013. Then the 757 picked up most of those routes.
That's correct. FedEx did not re-engine their 727's (it was hush kits), nor did anything Airbus replace them in the fleet (that's where the 757's came in).
It is simply a joy to fly the Boeing 727. It was maneuverable as it was a very stable instrument platform. It truely was one of the classic aircraft of all time. Also known as the "Whisperjet". There are very few of this vintage is flying the classic aircraft. This logo was penned by the Eastern Airlines under the leadership of Frank Borman
I wonder if the Iran airline knew the importance of that particular flight. I hope the aircraft flying that last flight has a good future instead of just being left to rust somewhere or chopped up for scrap.