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727 departures

I spent a lot of hours strapped in these tubes 7 miles above the earth.

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With the first-ever Boeing 727 (727-22, serial N7001U, c/n 18293/1) making its last-ever flight from restoration at Paine Field to a permanent home at the Museum of Flight, now seems like a fitting time to look back at one of the coolest airliners ever built.

I recently read a presentation called Web Design: The First 100 Years, which proposed that most of what we now think of as a modern airliner was invented for the Boeing 747.

That’s actually far, far more true of the 727.

What a jet

Last flight of the first 727... N7001U departs Paine Field on March 2nd, 2016. Note the leading-edge Kruger flaps (inboard) and slats (outboard). (Joe A. Kunzler Photo, AvgeekJoe Productions | flickr.com CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Last flight of the first 727… N7001U departs Paine Field on March 2nd, 2016. Note the leading-edge Kruger flaps (inboard) and slats (outboard). (Joe A. Kunzler Photo, AvgeekJoe Productions | flickr.com CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Although I wouldn’t want too many of them flying right over my house, I absolutely love the beautiful, capable and historic…

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