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First Air 727-100

First Air's old 727 arriving in Montreal from most probably Nunavut in the Arctic. This plane was recently retired from service.


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*Airplanes 101* (See Airplanes 101 Set)

Name: Boeing 727 (727-100, 727-200, 727F)

Manufacturer: Boeing (USA) .

Main Role: medium capacity short-medium range mainline jetliner

Basic design: Three engines trijet with two side mounted engines and a single tail engine, single aisle narrow body jet. Airframe based on the Boeing 707

Capacity: Roughly 95-130 passengers for the 727-100, 130-190 for the 727-200

Range: 5000km for the 727-100, 3900km - 4500km for the 727-200

First delivery date: 1964 for the 727-100, 1967 for the 727-200

Still in production today: No

Easily confused for: TU-154, DC-9 series, MD-80 series, MD-90, Boeing 727-200, Fokker 100,

Main identifying points: Look for the classic Boeing cockpit windows with 4 "eyebrow windows above the main windows - two on each side, Two side mounted engines and an integrated tail engine, no winglets on most although some still flying today have large upward swept blended winglets like the Boeing 737, & a High distinctive large mass tail & engine exhaust tail cone. The tail and middle engine is very distinctive. The plane most resembles the Russian TU-154 but that aircraft has downward sloping wings, a much more widely separated set of main landing gear and large fuel tanks visible on it's wings, a more stylish engine exhaust... plus a large cone pointing forward from the top front of the tail thus very unique and unlike this plane when seen close up. From a distance though they resemble each other.

Examples of Main Operators: Very few if any major carriers still fly this. Fed Ex & UPS still fly the freighter version, many private operators fly them and some charter carriers and airlines Africa & Asia may still operate them but generally speaking they are rare now despite being one of the most common planes around in the 1970s and 1980s.


For more pics of 727 aircraft see the Boeing 727 group here at Flickr.

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Uploaded on January 10, 2006