The first ever built Boeing 727 completed its final flight successfully on Wednesday. It took off after 25 years from Paine Field in Everett, Wash, to Seattle Museum of Flight. It has been donated to the museum. No major airlines use 727 presently. Thus, it was a rare sight witnessed by the crowd present there.
For 25 years its restoration work continued. The workers were slowly restoring it so that it could fly 30 miles south to Seattle Museum. The Plan trip went off smoothly during the 15 minutes flight. In Seattle it was welcomed by a water canon salute before hundreds of spectators, reported USA Today. There were dozens of former United Airlines captains, co-pilots, cabin crew and engineers who had flown aboard the plane.
The aircraft had its first flight 53 years ago as the first ever Boeing 727 off the line. It was built to commute in smaller cities. The aircraft and its successors flew for airlines across the globe. It spent 27 years flying as a passenger airliner.
During the course of its career, the aircraft carried almost 3 million passengers and earned $407354115.00 (US$300 million) for the airline, reported CNN. In 1991 United Airlines retired the 727 by flying it from San Francisco to Seattle’s Tacoma Airport.
Molly Flanagan, Captain of United Airlines, said “It brought back a lot of good memories [seeing it fly], I had some great times on this airplane.” Flanagan flew it both as flight engineer and co-pilot.
It took massive effort in restoring the aircraft. The workers had spent thousands of hours along with their blood, sweat and tears during the period. FedEx and other airlines around the world donated for the restoration of the iconic Boeing 727.
The Boeing 727 will be on temporary display in the airpark of the Museum for summer. Subsequently, it will be placed in a new covered aviation pavilion.
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