With the flick of a switch it’s alive once again.
“Still doing its thing,” said former Boeing engineer Bob Bogash. In 1963, this Boeing 727 prototype set the stage for a new age of air travel. “We built 1832 of them, and this is the very first airplane,” Bogash said.
It was retired after three decades of service with United Airlines, and after carrying some 3 million passengers, making a final landing at the same place it made its first: Paine Field in Everett. For more than 20 years, volunteers from the Museum of Flight have been restoring this priceless relic of aviation history, piece by piece.
“Nothing worked,” Bogash explained. “Everything has had to be replaced and energized.” Now, Bogash and his team of volunteers are preparing her for one last flight.
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