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The last flight of N7001U, the 727 prototype

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posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 02:46 PM
On this Wed. the first Boeing 727 (tail number N7001U) to ever take to the skies will take its last flight. The 727 prototype will fly from Paine field, Everett to the Boeing Museum of flight almost exactly 52 years and one month after its first flight in 1963. There it will join its Boeing brethren in permanent display for museum goers to walk through.
For the last 21 years a small yet intrepid team of aviation specialists have been painstakingly restoring the aircraft to its former glory while serving with United Airlines from 1964 to 1984. The 727 has the distinction of being one of only two Boeing built airliners (the 777 as the other) who never had a dedicated prototype. The prototype was built, tested and delivered to the kick-off customer, United Airlines, after the testing program was completed in 1964.

The Museum of Flight in Seattle has a small, but dedicated band of volunteers working on a 727-100 owned by the Museum. This particular airplane, N7001U, was the first 727 built, and after flight testing, spent its entire life in-service with United Airlines, until donated to the Museum. The Crew Chief for this airplane is Bob Bogash, retired after 30 years with Boeing, the last ten of which were as Director of Quality Assurance in the Materiel Division of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. Bob was instrumental in obtaining this historic aircraft from United originally, and with his new found "free time" has stepped up his level of involvement with the Museum and the care of this airplane.

If all goes to plan (weather permitting) the restoring team will take off at 10 am PST from Paine field this Wed. and land at Boeing field. I hope to be there to document the flight with pictures and videos. If I get really lucky,
I hope to be there around the time it lands at Boeing field 45 minutes later. Check back hopefully Wed. evening for updates......

A recent photo op. with the jet next to a brand new United 787 fresh from paint. It really shows off the size of the two jets.

posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 03:00 PM
...and so there is no confusion on my level of "Avnerdiness", I took the day off from work and built this camera rig for the occasion.

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posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 03:06 PM
a reply to: Sammamishman

that is legit. "Avnerdiness" level......11.

posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 04:01 PM
It's been a lot of fun to follow along and see them reaching the milestones. It's been incredibly successful as it moves along, with only a few minor hiccups along the way. They actually pushed it back about a month to allow more time to fix any minor issues.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 12:18 AM
a reply to: Sammamishman

The real question is: Are they co-boresighted? ; )
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posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 10:49 AM
a reply to: TAGBOARD

Lol. Not quite. They're pretty easy to line up at max zoom. I'm planning on leaving the Coolpix fairly wide angle though and doing 1080p video while The D3300 will be working the stills with a 55-200mm lens.

posted on Mar, 2 2016 @ 03:49 PM
Ok, so here is is the culmination of my trip:

Fire tuck getting ready

VIP's coming in to witness the event:

Dream;ifter decided to join the festivities:

Qatar Dreamliner decided he'd had enough and took off:

Biz. 737 got out of dodge too:

Waiting for the party:

And now the maid of honor ready for her close-ups:

Moment of truth:

Over all it looked like it took off without any issue minus a quick engine back-fire that could be heard on spool-up. She then turned the West, out over the water and headed South with a couple news helicopters buzzing around.

posted on Mar, 2 2016 @ 03:55 PM
Cool we used to call 'em the three hole smut butt

good looking head-on pic.....and I finally got to see that 777 next to a workhorse 727.....which filled the skies for 35 years of my lifetime....all there was, man

posted on Mar, 2 2016 @ 03:58 PM
And now for the videos:

Panorama of Paine:

Biz. 737 take-off:

Dreamliner take-off:

Dreamlifter coming in and taxi:

The main event:

posted on Mar, 5 2016 @ 09:18 AM
Homecoming at the Boeing Museum of flight:

edit on 5-3-2016 by Sammamishman because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 5 2016 @ 07:51 PM
Awesome videos and photos. Thanks.

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