Friday, November 24, 2006
Sunset on a 727
Well first off this picture really isn't any good but I walked for an hour to take it so I have to put on here to make my efforts worth while.
I do not own a tripod so taking shots as the sun has just about left the evening sky is next to impossible.
This is a picture of a Boeing 727 which is being parted out on the First Air ramp in Ottawa. The 727 is still widely used by cargo companies such as Fedex, and Kelowna Flightcraft (Purolator). I guess when an airplane is 40 years old its hard to convince passengers to still think the 60's technology is good enough. Well its not the technology in this case its the fuel burn that ended an amazing career.
I have flown on the 727 a few times when the late Greyhound Airlines was around. I paid 160 dollars student stand-by (including tax's ! before airports raped us of 15 dollar airport improvement fees) from Calgary to Toronto. I sat at the very rear of the airplane which was a bit noisy, but for that price I was lucky not to be put in the baggage compartment.
I have always had a love affair with the 727. She has nice lines, still going strong after 40 years and can haul tons of stuff. Its sad to see her getting ripped to pieces and sitting half naked on the ramp but there is a quote I saw on Avcanada recently and I will end with that....
"No matter how much you love an airplane, it will never love you back" -Anonymous
PS I think that's a bunch of crap anyways ;)