B727’s fif­teen-minute fi­nal flight af­ter restora­tion

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pas­sen­gers. United paid $4.4 mil­lion for the 727 which in turn gen­er­ated rev­enues of more than $300 mil­lion. In 1984, the Mu­seum of Flight’s Chair­man of the Air­craft Ac­qui­si­tion Com­mit­tee, Bob Bo­gash, ap­proached United’s then top man­agers Ed Carl­son and Dick Fer­ris and asked for the 727 upon its re­tire­ment. United agreed. On 23 Jan­uary 1988 N7001U was present dur­ing an of­fi­cial mu­seum cer­e­mony, a few years be­fore it was ac­tu­ally re­tired. On 13 Jan­uary 1991, newly re­painted in its orig­i­nal United colours, it flew rev­enue trip 838 SFO – SEA, and was then fer­ried to Boe­ing Field for a fi­nal ac­cep­tance cer­e­mony at the mu­seum. It made one last flight to the mu­seum’s Paine Field Restora­tion Cen­ter and Re­serve Col­lec­tion.

United re­moved many ma­jor parts from the air­liner to use as spares for its re­main­ing fleet of 727s and the mu­seum was left with a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge with its goal to re­store the air­craft to air­wor­thy con­di­tion. Af­ter a few idle years the restora­tion be­gan in earnest in 2001, and grew sig­nif­i­cantly with the do­na­tion of two more 727s for parts. On 6 March 2004, Fed­eral Ex­press do­nated a 727-100 to the mu­seum and in Septem­ber 2005, Clay Lacey do­nated a 727-200. For the past fif­teen years, dozens of en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers have helped bring the aero­plane back to life. Fedex has been a long-time part­ner on the pro­ject, and re­cently do­nated the en­gines that pow­ered the 727 on its fi­nal flight.

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