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Boeing 727 – Washington, USA – (Produced: 1963-1984)

The Boeing 727 was born out of a compromise between United Airlines, American Airlines and Eastern Air Lines over their requirements for a jet airliner with fewer passengers to serve smaller cities that had shorter runways. The 727 enjoyed success around the world, carrying passengers from large cities to smaller airports found in many tourist destinations.

It is, however, one of the noisiest commercial jetliners. As a result, Australia banned it from some of its airports in 2010.

The only unsolved airline hijacking in American history occurred in a 727 when an unidentified man – infamously referred to as D.B. Cooper – hijacked one in 1971 and parachuted out the back while it was flying over the Pacific Northwest.

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