Fifty-two years after its maiden voyage, the very first Boeing 727 "Whisperjet" will take its final flight on Wednesday, March 2, flying from Paine Field to Boeing Field International in Washington State, where it will enjoy a permanent vacation.
The plane first entered service with United in 1964 and stopped in 1991 after 64,495 hours, 48,060 landings, and an estimated 3 million passengers served. While it lay dormant, it was donated to The Museum of Flight, where they took on the tough task of renovating the aircraft in hopes of getting up in the air again. “There are a lot of people who thought this plane would never fly again," Bob Bogash, the leader of the renovation, told Travel + Leisure.
But, after 25 years of renovations, the plane was finally given the OK to take off one last time for the 35-mile flight with a special flight permit, and only essential cockpit crew allowed onboard. Initially planned to happen on Tuesday, March 1, the date was moved to Wednesday after bad weather was predicted. “Safety safety safety first,” the museum wrote on it’s Facebook page.
Following its landing at Museum at Boeing Field, 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.
Though the plane may be outdated, the technology used to promote the big event certainly is not. Fans can keep up with the action using the hashtag #727finalflight, follow the news on The Museum of Flight’s Facebook page and even tune in to Periscope starting at 10:30 a.m. (conditions permitting) to watch the live broadcast.
And while this plane may be in its last days, there are still 69 Boeing 727s in service, according to 2015's World Airliner Census.