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BOEING 727 - BREITLING WAKMANN 651-T2-24

THE CLOCK

Wakmann established itself in New York as a several clock brand importer, the most famous one was Breitling, and they made some clocks with both brands like this one.

After the 2nd World War, Wakmann started to make its own clocks for the US Army, the most common the A-13.

This clock, designed for use in commercial planes, shows time, elapsed time up to 12 hours, and chronometer with 15 minutes counter. It has 16 jewels and run for eight days.

THE PLANE

It was designed by United, American, and Eastern to substitute the B-707. United wanted a four engines plane for it's flights to high altitude airports. American preferred a two engines plane due to efficiency reasons, and Eastern needed a three engines for it's flights over the Caribbean Sea. Finally, the three airways accepted a three motor and then the 727 was born.

It turned into the emblematic plane for short distances during the decades of the 70s and 80s.

It's main characteristic was it's capacity to land on short runways thanks to the Kruger flap and slats. This permitted the little airports feed the big ones (Hub).

It could transport up to 185 persons. 1,832 planes were built between 1964 and 1984. Iberia bought 37 B-727s to replace its Caravelle, showing up in 1972 and 1973 and being in service until 2001.

In it's last flight, the Spanish Air Force Acrobatic Team “Águila” joined it.

 

THE COCKPIT

The cockpit made for three crew members (it was the last one to carrying a flight engineer), was wide and comfortable.

The instruments were situated correctly and they were big. In general, it was easy to control the plane. The response of the flight controls was very good; it could even do side-skid to lose height quickly.

What really took peoples attention was the silence in the cockpit once the plane took off, this was because the engines were in the back so when the wheels was stopped inside the plane and the undercarriage doors closed, the silence was incredible. The only thing you could hear was the rumble of the altimeter´s vibrators. When the plane accelerated, the wind made noise was pretty loud.

Something also characteristic was the noise made by the electric nose trim. It had a wheel in each side of the central controls pedestal. When the nose trim was used, these wheels spun very fast and strong, you better had to be careful not to get your knee or fingers trapped by these swiveling wheels ¡¡

 

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