Becoming a Boeing 727 pilot is like
joining a fraternity that's on the dean's probation
list; you're going to have a lot of fun, meet some
interesting characters, and you know that you are part
of something special--in this case, a shrinking
community of pilots who are flying an ever-smaller
inventory of classic "hands-on" airliners.
This aircraft had a heck of a production run; Boeing
delivered 1,831 727s from 1964 to 1984.
Many of these sturdy aircraft have since been
converted to freighters. But a few wear pinstripes,
too; Donald Trump's corporate bird is a 727. The 727
can can handle short runways, it's self-contained with
its own air stairs, it's famously safe, it's big... and
If you're not scrimping on fuel costs, you can easily
cruise at Mach .82 or faster.