The Boeing 727 was one of the most popular aircraft ever built, with 1,832 taking flight between 1963 and 1984. Launch carrier Eastern Air Lines in the United States optimistically had “Whisperjet” written on the tail, but anyone who has ever heard one will know they were loud!
Operating on short to medium length routes was the 727s raison d’être and it fulfilled this mission with great success. In addition to being fast, the aircraft operated all over the world from major airports to shorter strips, being very versatile.
Boeing 727 Video
Following on from last week’s video about the Hindenberg, there is a ten minute video below which gives an overview of the 727 story, from its design to inception and eventual retirement. Numerous interesting points are covered, not least a brief overview of what happened when D.B. Cooper hijacked one flight.
Something that always strikes me as interesting is how Boeing visited de Havilland in Britan who were developing what became the Trident. Apparently information was shared which was useful for Boeing’s development of the 727.
One thing you may not know is the cabin of today’s Boeing 737 fleet is the same dimension as that of the 727. As a passenger the experience is somewhat similar to yesteryear.
While touted by some airlines for being quiet, the truth is all that silence was inside due to the rear placement of the engines. Outside the Boeing 727 was noisy as all aircraft were of that era.
Australian Boeing 727 Videos
Both Ansett-ANA and Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) introduced the Boeing 727 into service in 1964. Below is a short two minute video from the time, with a very enthusiastic narrator announcing the new TAA plane to Australians.
There is another little video that is under five minutes long, about the retirement of the Boeing 727 from Ansett. It shows a little bit about the story of the aircraft in Australia plus some historical bits and pieces.
I managed two flights on the Boeing 727 with Ansett back in the 1990s. I remember specifically how quiet it was sitting forward of the wings – all you could hear is the rushing of the wind over the fuselage, which was pretty cool.
Images of airports back in the 1970s in particular show the Boeing 727 everywhere. Virtually everyone operated them, they were popular, fast and did their job well.
While technology and time has moved on, the contribution of the aircraft to domestic travel cannot be underestimated. For many airlines it was their first jet aircraft, which saved huge amounts of time travelling between cities.
Have you flown on the 727? What do you remember? Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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