UPDATE: Final Flight of the 1st 727!
The Museum of Flight is in the final countdown of finishing a 25-year effort restoring the historic, first Boeing 727 and flying it to the Museum for permanent exhibition. This unique jet has not been airborne since it was donated to the Museum by United Air Lines in 1991, and has been under restoration ever since by volunteer crews at the Museum's Restoration Center and Reserve Collection at Paine Field, Everett, Wash. First flying in 1963, the sleek, innovative 727 introduced the jet age to millions of new passengers around the globe, and was for many years the most successful airliner of the modern era.
The prototype's flight will help kick-off the Museum's year-long recognition of The Boeing Company's centennial.
With a special flight permit, and with only essential cockpit flightcrew onboard, the 727 will be flown directly to the Museum at Boeing Field; now scheduled for Wednesday, March 2. This ferry flight to the Boeing Field will be the Trijet's last air trip. The plane will be exhibited in the Museum's Airpark through the summer, then it will join the Museum's prototypes Boeing 737 and Boeing 747 for permanent exhibition in the Museum's new Aviation Pavilion.
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