With two main variants, the shorter -100 and longer, more popular -200, the 727 was one of the best selling airliners of all time. Some say Boeing stole the concept from Hawker Siddeley’s new Trident design after visiting the company. Whatever the truth, they built a truly classic airliner that has stood the test of time.
The sleek tri-jet is only in use with a few passenger operators now, but remains in service with a number of cargo operators. Long may it live, and here’s hoping a few carry on in museums!