From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Read Fleming) Date: 30 Mar 94 00:06:35 PST References: 1 Followups: 1
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In article 1022@orchard.Chicago.COM, David Lednicer <email@example.com> writes: > > I have been asked what the Valsan reengining program is, so I >will describe it here. > [many interesting tidbits deleted] > Both the Valsan and Dee Howard kits up the aircraft's available >thrust. Some Valsan engineers told me about taking off in a modified >727-100 with the spoilers inadverantly actuated. They claimed that the >rate of climb was still better than with the old engines! In fact, they >were talking at one point about removing the #2 engine altogether and >turning the 727 into a twin! I believe about 10 years ago, American Airlines (and perhaps others) investigated a 727 reengining program that would turn them into twins, using modern high-bypass engines. The program also included glass cockpits, upgraded brakes, and a host of other improvements. American considered this approach when interest rates (and thus the cost of borrowing for new airplanes) went sky-high. However, the numbers still didn't come out right in the end. As I recall, interest rates started trending down while the estimates for the the hypothetical "new" 727 crept up to the $20M range, with all the "might-as-well-as" changes. Can one of you experts out there correct my hazy memory and fill us in on this? Is the 727 destined to become another DC-3 or (better analogy, perhaps) JU-52?