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Boeing began studies of a short/medium range passenger jet as early as 1956; however, development had to wait until sales of the 707 had proven the passenger jet concept.

The 727 pioneered the rear trijet configuration as it gave better climb performance than two engines and was more economical than four.  The 727 kept the same fuselage cross-section as the 707.  The prototype 727 first flew in 1965.

A stretched version, the 727-200, first flew in 1967.  Over 1,800 727 of all models were produced before production ceased in 1984.

Specifications (727-200)





Type: Commercial
Passengers: 189 seats maximum
Engines: three 14,500 - 17,400 lb (64.5 kN - 77.3 kN) thrust Pratt & Whitney JT8D turbofans
727: Boeing model number
727-100: initial model seating 131 (maximum)
727-200: stretched seating 189 (maximum)

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