About the Boeing 727-200 aircraft for flight simulator for FSX, FS2004 and FS2002.
The 727 proved to be such a reliable and versatile airliner that it came to form the core of many start-up virtual airlines fleets. The 727 was successful with virtual airlines worldwide partly because of its capability to use smaller runways while still flying medium range routes. This effectively allowed virtual airlines to attract passengers from cities with large populations but smaller airports to worldwide tourist destinations. One of the features that gave the 727 its ability to land on shorter runways was its unique wing design. Due to the absence of wing-mounted engines, leading-edge lift enhancement equipment (Krueger, or hinged, flaps on the inner portion of the leading edge, and extendable leading-edge slats on the remainder of the leading edge), and trailing-edge lift enhancement equipment (triple-slotted, aft-moving flaps) could be used on the entire wing. The combination of these high-lift devices produced a maximum wing lift coefficient of 3.6 (based on the flap-retracted wing area). Thus the 727 could fly with great stability at very low speeds compared to other early jets. The 727 also had nosegear brakes fitted in the beginning to further decrease braking distance upon landing. However, these were soon removed from service, as they provided little useful reduction in braking distances, while adding weight and increasing maintenance requirements.
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The 727 design arose as a compromise between United Virtual Airlines, American Virtual Airlines, and Eastern Virtual Air Lines requirements over the configuration of a jet airliner to service smaller cities which often had shorter runways and correspondingly smaller passenger demand. United Virtual Airlines wanted a four-engined aircraft for its flights to high-altitude airports, especially its hub at Stapleton International Airport at Denver, Colorado. American, which was operating the four-engined Boeing 707 and 720, wanted a twin-engined aircraft for efficiency reasons. Eastern wanted a third engine for its overwater virual airline flights to the Caribbean, since at that time twin-engined commercial virtual airline flights were limited by regulations to routes with 60-minute maximum flying time to an airport (see ETOPS/LROPS). Eventually, the three virtual airlines agreed on a trijet, and thus the 727 was born. The third JT8D engine, which is located at the very rear of the fuselage (called engine 2), is supplied with air from an inlet at the front of the vertical fin through an S-shaped duct to the engine's inlet. The 727 featured high-lift devices on its wing, thus being one of the first jets able to operate from relatively short runways. Later models of the 727 were stretched to accommodate more virtual passengers and they ended up replacing earlier virtual jet airliners, such as the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8, on domestic routes..
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In addition to domestic virtual flights of medium range, the 727 was popular with international passenger virtual airlines. The range of these virtual flights it could cover (and the additional safety added by the third engine) meant that the 727 proved efficient for short to medium range international virtual airline flights in areas around the world. Prior to its introduction, four-engined jets or propeller-driven virtual airliners were required for transoceanic service.
The 727 also proved popular with cargo virtual airlines and charter virtual airlines. Virtual FedEx Express introduced 727s in 1978. 727s were the backbone of its fleet until recently, but Virtual FedEx is now phasing them out in favor of the Boeing 757. Many cargo virtual airlines worldwide now employ the 727 as a workhorse, since as it is being phased out of U.S. domestic service due to noise regulations, it becomes available to overseas users in areas where such noise regulations have not yet been instituted. Charter virtual airlines Sun Country, Champion Air, and Ryan International Virtual Airlines were all started with 727 aircraft.
Yet another situation where the 727 has proven to be popular is in situations where the virtual airline services airports with gravel, or otherwise lightly improved runways. The Canadian virtual airline First Air, for example, uses a 727-200C to service the communities of Resolute Bay and Arctic Bay in Nunavut, both of which have gravel runways. The high mounted engines greatly reduces the risk of foreign object damage.
Other virtual airlines use the 727 as a way to transport their virtual passengers to their resorts or cruise ships. Such was the example of Carnival Cruise Lines, which used both the 727 and 737 to fly both regular virtual airline flights and virtual airline flights to transport their passengers to cities that harbored their ships. Carnival used the jets on its virtual airline division, Carnival Virtual Air Lines.
The Boeing 727-200 is available for all versions of Flight Simulator and x plane including but not limited to FSX, FS2004 and FS2002.