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Old 06-16-2006, 05:56 PM   #11  
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yeah,It was love at first flight for me too. The 727 is my first jet,I came from the straight wing piston Convair(another great ship), and developed an instant respect and affection for the Boeing beauty. Noise,black smoke, 3 JT8D-17s, controls that are light and quite sporty,oh yeah,plus a 3 man crew to spread the workload, she is God's gift to pilots.
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The first 727 I flew was the -100 series built in 1966 for American Airlines. Other than the 737-100 and 200 series, it was the only jet you could chop the power, flare, hold it off, and grease it on everytime. The 727-100 was the best airplane that Boeing ever built... although I can't comment on the 707, 717, or 777. The are good, but there is something special about the old -100.

I guess it could be equated to the affection that pilots have for the good old DC-3.

It's a same that GE terminated the unducted fan engine program which would certainly have given the 727 a longer life.
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The first 727 I flew was the -100 series built in 1966 for American Airlines. Other than the 737-100 and 200 series, it was the only jet you could chop the power, flare, hold it off, and grease it on everytime. The 727-100 was the best airplane that Boeing ever built... although I can't comment on the 707, 717, or 777. The are good, but there is something special about the old -100.

I guess it could be equated to the affection that pilots have for the good old DC-3.

It's a same that GE terminated the unducted fan engine program which would certainly have given the 727 a longer life.


They did "studies" and concluded that (passengers) would be "scared" of it. It did look like something that tom hanks put together with macguyver on a desert island
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Old 06-17-2006, 07:27 AM   #14  
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Other than the 737-100 and 200 series, it was the only jet you could chop the power, flare, hold it off, and grease it on everytime.
Worst landing I ever made was on a 727-100 into SBA. When I flared, all I did was drive the main gear into the ground harder. Used 40 deg flaps (hardly ever did that). Arrival (can't call it a landing) was like a runaway elevator that got to the bottom of its shaft. No masks deployed, however.

I was the F/O and no one said a word taxiing in. At the gate the other two crewmembers got out of their seats right after the parking checklist was completed. I stayed in my seat "arranging" my Jepp charts - I just didn't want to face any passengers. Anyway, after the last pax got off, I opened the cockpit door and was a surprise waiting for me.

The 1st flight attendant was standing there with her pantyhose down to her ankles, and she said in a LOUD voice "All right who made that ******ing landing!". The Capt and S/O were almost on the floor they were laughing so hard.

I bought the beer later that night.

I preferred the 727-Adv to the -100.
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Worst landing I ever made was on a 727-100 into SBA. When I flared, all I did was drive the main gear into the ground harder. Used 40 deg flaps (hardly ever did that). Arrival (can't call it a landing) was like a runaway elevator that got to the bottom of its shaft. No masks deployed, however.

I was the F/O and no one said a word taxiing in. At the gate the other two crewmembers got out of their seats right after the parking checklist was completed. I stayed in my seat "arranging" my Jepp charts - I just didn't want to face any passengers. Anyway, after the last pax got off, I opened the cockpit door and was a surprise waiting for me.

The 1st flight attendant was standing there with her pantyhose down to her ankles, and she said in a LOUD voice "All right who made that ******ing landing!". The Capt and S/O were almost on the floor they were laughing so hard.

I bought the beer later that night.

I preferred the 727-Adv to the -100.
great story! lol
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Worst landing I ever made was on a 727-100 into SBA. When I flared, all I did was drive the main gear into the ground harder. Used 40 deg flaps (hardly ever did that). Arrival (can't call it a landing) was like a runaway elevator that got to the bottom of its shaft. No masks deployed, however.

I was the F/O and no one said a word taxiing in. At the gate the other two crewmembers got out of their seats right after the parking checklist was completed. I stayed in my seat "arranging" my Jepp charts - I just didn't want to face any passengers. Anyway, after the last pax got off, I opened the cockpit door and was a surprise waiting for me.

The 1st flight attendant was standing there with her pantyhose down to her ankles, and she said in a LOUD voice "All right who made that ******ing landing!". The Capt and S/O were almost on the floor they were laughing so hard.

I bought the beer later that night.

I preferred the 727-Adv to the -100.
It is funny though, how quick the FA's are to judge bad landings. I keep their choice of perfume to myself.
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The first 727 I flew was the -100 series built in 1966 for American Airlines. Other than the 737-100 and 200 series, it was the only jet you could chop the power, flare, hold it off, and grease it on everytime. The 727-100 was the best airplane that Boeing ever built... although I can't comment on the 707, 717, or 777. The are good, but there is something special about the old -100.

I guess it could be equated to the affection that pilots have for the good old DC-3.

It's a same that GE terminated the unducted fan engine program which would certainly have given the 727 a longer life.
I am a charter member of the cult of the DC-3, flew them 10 years 87-97,the best airplane ever.
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Old 06-20-2006, 11:59 AM   #18  
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They called me for an interview after I sent my resume to them. The rumor is true. The August class is for 727 SO positions. I looked at the pathetic pay and said no thanks.

Same here....I got the call a few days ago for the interview. The class begins on August 9th. I told her no thanks.
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It is funny though, how quick the FA's are to judge bad landings.
Trust me, they had no trouble defining that landing!
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