Boeing 727 cockpit

553293_262964253791070_454644905_nThe Boeing 727 is a mid-size, narrow-body three-engine jet airliner built by Boeing. Intended for short-haul routes with fewer passengers, the 727 is capable of operating out of shorter length runways and smaller airports. Its trijet design features three Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines at the rear section of the aircraft, along with a T-tail. Independence from ground facilities was an important requirement in smaller cities, leading to one of the 727’s most distinctive features: the built-in airstair that opens from the rear underbelly of the fuselage.

The original 727-100 completed its maiden flight in 1963. For over a decade, more 727s were built per year than any other jet airliner. When production ended in 1984, a total of 1,832 aircraft had been produced. The 727 proved to be such a reliable and versatile airliner that it came to form the core of many start-up airlines’ fleets.

About this Aircraft

This nose section of the 727 was donated to the Museum of Flying after retirement by the Federal Express fleet.


  • Length: 133 ft 2 in (40.6 m)
  • Wingspan: 108 ft (32.9 m)
  • Height: 34 ft (10.3 m)
  • Empty weight: 100,000 lb (45,360 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 169,000 lb (76,818 kg)
  • Max speed: Mach 0.90
  • Cruise speed: Mach 0.81
  • Cruise altitude: 30,000–40,000 feet (9,100–12,000 m)
  • Range: 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 km)
  • Max altitude: 42,000 feet (13,000 m)

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