After 25-year restoration, world’s first Boeing 727 flies to its new home in Seattle

On March 2, 2016, the first Boeing 727 ever built completed its final flight.

After 25 years of restoration work, it flew from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, to its new home at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The flight went off without a hitch, soaring gracefully under mostly cloudy skies for the quick fifteen-minute flight before arriving at Boeing Field in Seattle to a water cannon salute and hundreds of spectators.

Among them were dozens of current and former United Airlines captains, co-pilots, flight engineers and cabin crew who had at some point flown aboard the iconic airplane.

The airplane flew for the Chicago-based carrier for 27 years. United donated the historic aircraft to the Museum of Flight in 1991.

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