From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dennis L. Murphy) Organization: NeoSoft Internet Services +1 713 968 5800 Date: 10 Jul 95 16:36:57 References: 1 2 Followups: 1
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In article <airliners.1995.892@ohare.Chicago.COM> email@example.com (Robert Dorsett) writes: >The reason you see the 727 stairs down all the time is as a counter- >balance, so the airplane doesn't rock back on its tail with a light >fuel load. Youwill often see a supporting rod as well. If you're interested, find a copy of the Tallahassee Democrat, circa March, 1969 or 1970. They have a beautiful picture of a Eastern Airlines 727-100 sitting on its tail at the Tallahassee Municipal Airport. Seems that the aircraft came in late at night and someone "forgot" that the airstair door needed to remain "down and locked" under certain conditions (i.e., light fuel load, etc.) Imagine the surprise of Eastern's crew when they arrived at the airport to find the aircraft in an "unusual" attitude!