Sadly the classic Boeing 727 is an all too rare sight in the skies these days. So Visual Approach Images was at Lasham to see the 727 operated by the Government of Burkina Faso arrive after a five and a half hour flight from the Burkina capital Ouagadougou for maintenance with 727 specialist 2Excel Aviation. XT-BFA was built in 1981 towards the end of the 727 production run of 1832 airframes. This airplane was unit number 1715 and was delivered new to the Portuguese flag carrier TAP - Air Portugal in 1981. In 1998 it was sold on as an executive airplane and following a conversion to 727 RE standard was delivered to Burkina Faso in 2005.
The Valsan 727 RE program involved replacing the original Pratt and Whitney JT8D outer engines on the 727 with the newer -217 model from the Douglas MD-80 and the remaining centre engine is fitted with an internal mixer to reduce the airplanes noise footprint. These modifications made the 727 stage 3 noise compliant. This airplane is also fitted with the Valsan winglet conversion which is claimed to reduce fuel burn by 5%.
These images will form part of the newly added "Classic" gallery. More classic jets will be appearing in this gallery shortly.
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