The Last 727

Last 727

On November 27, 1962, the first 727 was rolled out of the Boeing Renton plant.  Twenty Two years later, on  August 14, 1984, the 1832nd and last 727 was rolled out of the same plant.  It was the most successful commercial airplane production run in history, and not many people believed it would ever be surpassed  ---  but, of course, the 737 has tripled it!  Still, the 727 was ubiquitous, seen on every runway and in front of every terminal in the world.  One place in particular, New York's LaGuardia airport, was known affectionately as the 727 airport.

The last 15 airplanes were 727-200 freighters built for Federal Express, the very last was tail number N217FE.  it was hoped that the first airplane, N7001U would make an appearance - the first and the last - but, alas, she was still a hard-working machine, and in the end, United couldn't spare her for even a few hours during the busy summer season.

Last 727

Last 727

It is perhaps fitting that a Federal Express 727 - line number 371 - is being used as the parts donor for the Number One airplane, now a museum piece.

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