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Final Fedex 727 Revenue Flights

The 727 at FedEx is being retired and yesterday was the last day for scheduled revenue flights.

flightaware.com/live/flight/FDX7 … /KIND/KMEM

This flight was the last from IND and the holding in the flight path was timing for the fly by at MEM (looking for video).

Another left SBN and arrived at MEM at 11:53pm,

flightaware.com/live/flight/FDX1 … /KSBN/KMEM

This one left LFT and arrived MEM at 11:59pm,

flightaware.com/live/flight/FDX1 … /KLFT/KMEM

FedEx got it’s first 727 used in 1978 eventually operating over 200 of them. They bought their
first new -200F in 1983 and also took delivery of the last 727 ever built (N217FE) in 1984.
This was the last 3-person cockpit airplane at FedEx, the end of an era.

Photo Courtesy of FlightAware.comhttp://e0.photos.flightcdn.com/photos/retriever/a595968f5138f1b9cdafa1b80b959c9914676dcd

A friend of mine retired a few years early yesterday, he didn’t want to go into another airplane (again). He started with Flying Tigers and went pretty much through the fleet as FE and FO. He loved the 727 and was probably senior enough to fly either the MD-11 or 777 as a Captain. He is one of the few airline Captains I know that didn’t get furloughed or go through an ugly merger that didn’t work. Not that the Tigers merger was perfect, but by today’s standards it worked out pretty well.