Original Boeing 727 Flies One Last Time After 25-Year Restoration Project

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As three restored Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines started their slow but steady crescendo to maximum power, an aviation journalist on the ground couldn’t help but be impressed.

„My lord that is an amazing sound. #727FinalFlight is now spooling up its engines,” Jon Ostrower, a Boeing beat reporter for The Wall Street Journal, posted on Twitter.

After a 25-year restoration project, the original Boeing 727 – which first flew in 1963 – made a historic final flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, to Seattle’s Museum of Flight on March 2. The aircraft, which was carefully restored both inside and out, will remain on permanent display at the museum.

Pratt & Whitney partnered with Boeing and United to contribute to the restoration project, making possible the repainting of the once-tired aircraft to its 1960s-era design.

„This was a really exciting project for Pratt & Whitney to be involved with,” said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, who brought the project to Pratt & Whitney’s attention. „To have a hand in the preservation of the first 727 alongside United and Boeing adds another chapter in the long partnership our companies have shared. The final flight is a momentous event and we know 727-E1 will rest well at the Museum of Flight.”

For more information about the project, visit the Museum of Flight’s project website.

Pratt & Whitney’s JT8D engines have completed more than 673 million flight hours since entering service in 1964. (Add 30 miles to that statistic – the distance between Everett and Seattle.) Of the more than 14,750 engines built, there are almost 2,400 engines still in service today.

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