An Historic Airplane
Centerline Drawing for E1 - 727 Prototype Airplane. Part of "Top" Drawing Set released 14 Feb 1961
Construction - Number 1 Airplane (E1)
Moving the joined 46-48 Sections
Cockpit (or Cab, Section 41) during manufacture
727 Center Section (Center Wing Tank or CWT)
Moving the wing with left and right wings joined to the Center Wing Section
727 Horizontal Stabilizer
Pylon or strut for Left Hand - Number One - Engine in 48 (tail) Section
Wing construction - Leading edge Up - Upper skin installed - Lower skin not yet installed.
Right hand wing root - Leading edge to left - Bottle Pin and front spar splice plate in center of photo
Roll-out of E1 (N7001U) from Boeing Renton Plant - 27 Nov 1962
Boeing yellow and chocolate brown color scheme
Taxi tests at Renton Airport before the first flight, demonstrating braking, thrust reverse, and spoiler operation.
The 727 Trijet's Tail with Engines, Thrust Reversers, Aft Airstair, and Tailskid visible
The night of February 8, 1963. Last minute checks and the first flight awaits tomorrow.
The Flight Test Crew for the First Flight were: Capt. Lew Wallick; Co-Pilot Dix Loesch; Flight Engineer M.K. Shulenberger
De-planing after first landing at Paine Field in Everett, Washington
Describing the First Flight to the Press and Boeing officials at Paine Field
High Speed to the south at Renton Airport - trying the elevators, raising the nose wheel
February 9, 1963 The first take-off, to the north from Renton Airport
First Landing - Paine Field, Everett Washington -- also the location of the last landing 28 years later - January 1991.
First Day Cover courtesy of David Capodilupo
On the Boeing Flight Line at Boeing Field, Seattle. E1 (N7001U) is the second airplane in the picture.
The airplane in the foreground is E2, the second airplane manufactured. With registration N72700,
it is often mistaken as the first airplane. It made its first flight 12 March 1963. E2 remained a Boeing
flight test airplane; E1 was delivered to United Air Lines in 1964.
An historic picture - the 707 Prototype (Dash 80) in the foreground, then E1, and,
in the rear E2, in the Boeing Flight Center hangar at Boeing Field, 1963.
More information and Test Airplanes E2 and E3 can be found here
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