First flown in 1963, the Boeing 727 was skillfully designed to outclass its competitors and remained without a direct rival for nearly two decades. This jetliner was capable of being operated from short, unimproved airfields, while requiring minimal ground service equipment. In flight, it was a dream- fast, efficient, quiet, and comfortable. Although this book is about an airplane, it is as much about the people at Boeing who were undaunted and took the financial risks necessary to build a truly outstanding machine. Readers will learn technical aspects of the 727, along with taking a close look at the brilliant minds and reasoning behind the design through personal interviews and examining archive data. For the hobbyist, a model-building chapter is also included, which covers techniques for both first-time and experienced modelers.
Dan Dornseif has been directly involved with aviation for over three decades, holds FAA type ratings on the Boeing 737 and Embraer Brasilia, and is currently a captain for a major airline in the United States. When he is not flying jetliners, Dan enjoys spending time with family, flying antique aircraft, and building model airplanes.


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