The Boeing 727 was the first trijet introduced into commercial service; its first flight took place on February 9th, 2013. Described as a mid-size narrow-body jetliner, the 727 was produced for over 30 years.
1,831 units of the 727 were delivered worldwide, surpassing the original market forecast for 250 airplanes. Some of those units remain in active service today. The 727 has a cruising speed of up to 965 kilometres per hour, which means in optimal conditions a 727 could in theory be faster than the Boeing 747-8.
The 727 uses three Pratt & Whitney JT8D turbofans below the T-tail which has a height of 10.3 metres.
FedEx Express uses 30 units of the 727-200 which are scheduled for retirement by 2015; the Mexican Air Force currently uses 4 units of the same variant for tactical transport but it is uncertain for how long given the “out of production” status of the airplane.
February 21st, 2013.