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February 26, 2016

The First Boeing 727 Will Fly Again—For 12 Minutes

Yesterday and Today: Boeing 727 and 787

N7001U was delivered to United Airlines in October 1964. It spent over two decades with the airline where it racked up 64,495 flight hours, made 48,060 landings, and flew an estimated three million passengers.
United paid $4.4 million for the airplane and it paid them back handsomely, generating revenues of more than $300 million during its career. A small team of volunteers including former United or Boeing employees led by Bob Bogash, a 30-year Boeing veteran, has labored at the Museum of Flight's restoration facility at Paine Field for two decades, overcoming funding challenges and missing parts (many of which were cannibalized for other 727s in the early 1990s). In a turnabout, the team acquired the parts it needed from two other 727s donated to the museum in 2004 and 2005 by FedEx and Clay Lacy Aviation. Painted in its original United livery, the 727 will lift off from Paine Field at around 10 am Pacific time on March 1 and head directly for Boeing field flying with an FAA Special Flight Permit. -- Popular Mechanics

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