boeing 727-223

N874AA

OVERVIEW

The Airline History Museum welcomes Boeing 727-223 tail number N874AA as our latest addition. This new addition comes courtesy of the Musuem of Flight in Seattle, Washington.  We are fortunate to have developed a great relationship with the Museum of Flight and they have graciously donated this aircraft to our museum.  This project came about when they began planning a new building that would house many of the prototypes from Boeing including the 787 and 747.

Stored away at Paine Field in Everette Washington, the museum had acquired the very first 727 which was delivered in 1963.  With decision made to ferry N7001U to Boeing Field and add it to the new facility the MOF was running short on space.   N874AA was in need of a new home.

Fortunately, one of our favorite members, John DeLapena was visiting the MOF at that time and discovered the American Airlines 727 was in danger of being scrapped.  He spoke to Bob Bogash and asked if they would let our museum provide it a new home.  Bob, being the passionate aviation preservationist that he is, went to work with the MOF board and staff to make it happen.  On March 4th 2016, the MOF signed the aircraft over to the museum.  The crews are hard at work to prepare the aircraft for its ferry flight to its new home at Hangar 9.

You can follow the progress here and for more live news on the progress, follow the aircraft on Facebook.

HISTORY OF THE AIRCRAFT
  • On April 12, 1978 Transport Category Airworthiness is issued
  • On April 13, 1978 American Airlines takes possession.
  • January 21, 2003 The Museum of Flight takes possession.
  • March 4, 2016, Airline History Museum takes possession.
IMAGES
AIRCRAFT SPECS
  • Wingspan: 108ft
  • Length: 153ft
  • Height: 34ft
  • Engines: JT8D-9A
  • Range: 2,300 nmi
RELOCATION PROCESS

help make history by preserving history

the urgency

Your help is desperately needed to make this airplane airworthy so it can be flown to its new home in Kansas City, Missouri.  Fortunately, the airframe remains complete with all major systems intact and operational; however, a big airplane requires a lot of space, insurance coverage, and many gallons of expensive jet fuel to simply test the engines.  Without your help, this piece of aviation history remains at risk of scrapping.     

why it matters

  • The aircraft will be incorporated into local high school programs revolving around aerospace.
  • It represents a new chapter in our fleet that continues to reach out to more Airline enthusiasts.
  • The 727 was prolific at KC downtown with TWA and a host of other carriers using this historic aircraft type, a great part of Kansas City history.

what we've done so far

The first step was to vacate the Museum of Flight so that construction of a huge aircraft display building could move forward.   Clay Lacy, a premier fixed base operator, generously provided ramp space, towing, and other ground handling support.  The King County Airport has provided meeting space for gatherings, fire protection for functional tests, and other valued services.

The integrity of major systems to include avionics, fuel, hydraulics, engines, airframe, and flight controls has been validated.  Actions are planned to resolve any minor discrepancies encountered.

next steps

Our goal immediate goal is to fly N874AA from Boeing Field in Seattle to Paine Field in Everett for needed maintenance.  The next destination is historic Kansas City Downtown Airport in March, 2017.  There it will join the other aircraft in the AHM collection and receive the ongoing care necessary for its long term preservation.  We anticipate that occasional flight and participation in various air shows will be feasible.  

the risks

There are many risks with recovering historic aircraft.  We work as hard as we can to minimize these risks but there are sometimes issues that prevent us from meeting schedules and goals.  While we are confident in the ultimate ability of the aircraft to fly, we cannot guarantee any dates for the movement of the aircraft to Kansas CIty, but we will do our best.

RELOCATION SUPPORT

become a supporter

level 1

$5 - Honoree

Receive a special thank you via email AND your name listed on our website.

$10 - Red

Receive a personalized Cartificate of Appreciation in pdf form, AND your name listed on our website.

$25 - White

Receive a personalized Cartificate of Appreciation in pdf form, AND your name listed on our website AND a 727 commerative pin.

$50 - Blue

Receive a personalized Cartificate of Appreciation in pdf form, AND your name listed on our website AND a 727 commerative pin AND your choice of a patch or Coffee Mug.

$100 - Eagle

Everything in the Blue Level AND your name will be placed on an honor wall onboard the aircraft AND a copy of the N874AA magazine to be published after the arrival of the aircraft.

$250 - Admiral

Everything in the Eagle level AND you will receive a 1:200 desktop model.

 

support

Level 1 Sponsorship

level 2 - pick a seat

We wish we could offer you a ride on the flight to Kansas City.  However getting the aircraft to that level of mainenace and gaining the proper approvals is very expensive.  Instead, let us carry your name or your company name on a headrest cover and we will ship it to you after the flight.  If you send us your picture, we will place it in the seatwith your name. Every "seat" comes with:

  • Personalized Headrest cover with N874AA Logo and
  • An original 727 Safety card form TWA and
  • 727 special edition menu from the TWA Ambasssadors Club and
  • American Airline Luggage tag with the Eagle Logo just like on the tail of N874AA

**This is not ticket for a ride on the aircraft.  Your passenger pack will be carried aboard the aircraft in your honor on the flight to Knasas CIty and mailed to you as a keepsake.

$500 - Business Class

(126 Seats Available) We almost forgot, your seat includes a copy of the N874AA Commemorative Magazine for your reading pleasure in flight.

$750 - First Class

(12 Seats Available) Get a copy of the N874AA Commemorative Magazine AND Your first class service will include a commemorative AA wine glass.

$1,000 - Flight Attendant

(Only 3 Seats Available) As one of our Fllight Attendants, You will recieve your commemorative FA Wings, AND your emergency briefing kit including mask, life vest and seatbelt.

SOLD OUT - $1,000 - Flight Engineer

Receive a personalized Cartificate of Appreciation in pdf form, AND your name listed on our website AND a 727 commerative pin AND your choice of a patch or Coffee Mug.

$1,250 - Co-Pilot

(Only 1 Seat Available) As our Co-Pilot, you will recieve a commemorative copy of the aircraft checklist AND commemorative Flight Crew Wings AND your FO Shoulder Boards.

SOLD OUT - $1,500 - Pilot in Command

(Only 1 Seat Available) As our Pilot in Command, you will recieve a commemorative copy of the aircraft checklist AND commemorative Flight Crew Wings AND your Captain's Shoulder Boards.

 

support

Level 2 Sponsorship

level 3 - N874AA  VIP

As a VIP, we sincerely aoreciate your commitment to help relocate and preserve this aircraft.  In appreciation we will proudly dispaly your name or your company name on the aircraft.  All VIPS will receive a copy of the N874AA Commerative magazine AND a passenger kit AND a commerative 1:100 desktop model with a 1" x 1" piece of a 727 attaced to the base.Take a look at the options we have have for you:

$2,000 - Main Gear Door

(10 Available) Have you name permanently dispayed on one of the main gear doors.

$2,000 - Engine Nacelle

(10 Available) Have your name permanently displayed on one fo the engine nacelles.

$2,000 - Nose Gear Door

(4 Available) Have your name permanently displayed on one of the nose gear doors.

$2,500 - Crew Cheif

(1 Available) As the Honorary Crew Chief for the relocation, your name will be deisplayed under the pilot's window with the Honorary Chief Pilot.

$5,000 - First Officer

(1 Available) As the Honorary First officer, your name will be displayed on the side of the aircraft below the co-pilot's window.

$7,500 - Chief Pilot

(1 Available) As the Honory Chief Pilot, we will display your name below the Pilot's windw on the side fo the aircraft.

 

support

Level 3 Sponsorship

level 4 - Corporate Sponsorship

Become a sponsor and have your company name and logo proudly displayed on the aircraft and we will also place an ad for your company on our N874AA Commerative Magazine.

*  Events include venue, tables and chairs.  Catering, music or any other special requests to be supplied by the sponsor.

$1,000 - Bronze Sponsor

Have your company name and a 4"x4" logo placed on the fuselage of the aircratt AND a 1/8 page add in the N874AA Commerative Magazine.

$2,500 - Silver Sponsor

Have your company name and a 6"x6" logo placed on the fuselage of the aircratt AND a 1/4 page add in the N874AA Commerative Magazine.

$5,000 - Gold Sponsor

Have your company name and a 10"x10" logo placed on the fuselage of the aircratt AND a 1/2 page add in the N874AA Commerative Magazine AND have an exclusive event at the Airline Histry Museum for up to 25 guests after the arrival in 2017.

$7,500 - Platinum Sponsor

12"x12" Logo logo placed on the fuselage of the aircratt AND a full page add in the N874AA Commerative Magazine AND have an exclusive event at the Airline Histry Museum for up to 50 guests after the arrival in 2017.

$10,000 - CR Smith Presenting Sponsorship

Have your company name and a 24" x 24" logo placed on the nose of the aircratt AND a full page add in the N874AA Commerative Magazine AND have an exclusive event at the Airline Histry Museum for up to 100 guests after the arrival in 2017.

 

support

Level 4 - Corporate Sponsorship