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Last Boeing 720 Flight

by Matt Falcus

Last 720 flight Ian EllingtonLast week saw the final ever flight of a Boeing 720 aircraft as Pratt & Whitney Canada – the last operator of the type – retired their example in favour of more modern aircraft.

The Boeing 720 was a short-to-medium haul adaptation of the Boeing 707, and first flew in 1959. Only 154 examples were built, and it was later superseded by the more advanced Boeing 727.

The last flight took place from Trenton CFB, Ontario, on 8th May 2012, and Ian Ellington was there to witness it. These photos were taken by him of the low fly-by and interior of the aircraft.

(c) Ian EllingtonThis last 720 was C-FETB, jokingly named Pinocchio due to its extra long nose cone. Originally the aircraft was delivered to American Airlines in 1961, and later flew for Middle East Airlines. With Pratt & Whitney it was used as a flying test bed for turboprop and turbofan engines.

It’s sad to see another classic type being resigned to the history books, but fantastic that Ian was there to document the event on camera.

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Park At Manchester Airport May 21, 2012 - 9:11 am

This must have been great to see its final flight but how sad that it will not be used again. There are so many classics no longer used now.

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Stuart Wooster May 21, 2012 - 3:02 pm

I’m sure my friend had a model of this plane hanging up when we were kids! Were their any other planes with a nose like that?

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peter May 25, 2012 - 12:54 am

The last take-off took place from St-Hubert Qc airport

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