|E1 - Last Flight Photos & Stuff
March 2, 2016
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Last Flight of the 727 Prototype Airplane has generated a huge
number of photographs, videos, audio tapes, and articles. Here is
0730 at Aviation Technical Services (ATS) hangar
The ship has been fueled with 15,000 lbs of Jet-A and the towbar is being attached.
After 25 years, today is the day - with a big smile, I'm ready!
The Ship's Logbook has been signed by A&P David Wittrig of SOAR
and has been found to be "safe for the intended flight."
David with Capt. Tim Powell
It was then signed by DAR Bruce Beadell on behalf of the FAA as compliant with the SFP Special Flight Permit allowing the ferry to Boeing Field.
David and myself, shaking after receiving our Special Airworthiness Certificate.
The coveted Certificate
David and Kenn Finister leaving their signatures after a job well done.
I rode the brakes for the tow over to Future of Flight's ramp.
Here's Bruce waving good luck - he came out to see our departure.
Approaching FOF - crowds of fans had begun to assemble for the special occasion.
Time to push back for the last time
Quite a crowd now
Taxiing to the Runway - Wow! This is quite an event!
The first of two water cannon arches
Lined up on Runway 16R
Flight Engineer Ralph Pascale with Mike Scott in the background
The following great departure photos by Chris Raezer of Boeing Airworthiness
(including our photo/chase plane)
Lining up on Runway 16R
One of my favorites - E1 is tasting the skies - one more time.
It's what all these years of hard work have been all about.
The following pictures were taken by Jim Larson from the Piper Aerostar chase plane flown by Chuck Lyford and his son Charlie.
Right turn towards the Sound
Co-pilot Mike Scott tries out the controls - she flew beautifully
Per a lot of requests - here we are in "cruise" - 160 kts and 2500 ft
Fuel burn for the entire trip was only 2200 lbs = 329 gals.
Departure fuel was 15,000 lbs.
On approach into Boeing Field, my wife Dot (in the red coat) cranes to see us on Final.
Chris Banks took the following two fine pictures
From my viewpoint looking over Tim Powell's shoulder
landing Runway 13 R at Boeing Field
A nice video of the landing Click here.
An excellent video of approach and landing from the east side on YouTube
A nice YouTube video taken from the Museum - Click here
Reflecting ourself in the Museum windows behind the welcoming crowd
With Museum Chairman Bill Ayer
"Bill, I hereby deliver N7001U to you at the Museum, as requested."
With my wife Dot - "It's OK Dot, I'm safe, you can stop crying."
Julie Airis was the United Stewardess representing UAL at the rollout of the first 727 - this very plane - in November 1962 (holding the picture - she's in the center.)
Congratulations all around
Left: Evan Elliott and Tom Cathcart shaking on the arrival
Right: T.C. Howard, Jim Munneke, and John Catanzaro
United pilots - current and retired
Rt: Tim Powell, Bob Bogash, Doug King (Museum President)
Flight Attendants too - see their write-up here with lots of pix
The Flight Crew
Bob Bogash - Project Manager and Safety Pilot
Ralph Pascale - Flight Engineer
Mike Scott - Co-pilot
Tim Powell - Captain
Behind every man is a Good Woman - my wife Dot who lives with my airplane passions
and long hours.
Curator Dan Hagedorn boarding his new on-site artifact
Meeting with Boeing Test Pilot Brien Wygle who flew the 737 First Flight
Addressing the gathering (my remarks here.)
Afterwards, Capt. Tim Powell received the coveted Wright Bros. Master Pilot Award from the FAA for 50 years of Accident, and Incident free flying.
Meet Mr. Dario Bradic. His handle is "727Forever". Which means he really likes 727s. He must - he came all the way from Croatia to see E1's last flight!
A YouTube video of a Flt Sim recreation done by Max Welliver
Looking into the Museum at her new neighbors....
If we bring her, they will come.......
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Photographs are Copyright their respective Owners. Used with Permission.