If you have not flown a B-727 or been a passenger on this fabulous aircraft you have missed one of the great treats that the Boeing engineers created for us. The sexiest airplane ever built (exterior design) was also the ultimate pilot’s airplane because of its unique and fail-safe systems design. During certain emergencies all three pilots had to be on the same page and the crew coordination required for a successful flight was camaraderie enhancing.
I spent 22 years on the 727 and after 11,000 hours in the left seat it fit me like a glove. Any of the older pilots that have flown many different aircraft will immediately state that the magnificent “3-holer” was a wonderful air-machine. With its aft-airstair for passenger loading and its self-contained APU (an after-thought by the Boeing engineers) it required no ground support.
There are still a few cargo carriers operating the 727, including FEDEX and I will speculate that those pilots will have to be pried out of the cockpit when they eventually ground the old Boeings. For the devout extreme-experience people, I will advise that simulator flights are available for between $200-$300. If you contact me through my website, www.therogueaviator.com I will provide info on B-727 simulators.
Ace Abbott (a hard-core 727 aficionado)