3 Engines on the Tail

Only one modern commercial jetliner has 3 engines mounted on the tail: the Boeing 727. Place your mouse over the red links below to see the illustration highlighted.

 

BACKGROUND

  • Boeing produced the 727 from 1964 to 1984, over 1,800 in all. Less than 220 remain in service worldwide, flown mostly by small cargo airlines and a handful of VIP charters. They are not very fuel efficient and require a 3-person cockpit crew.

 
 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Boeing 727
Unlike other 3 engine jets, the 727 has a “T” tail with the horizontal stabilizer at the top. The 727 is the only plane other than the DC-9 & MD-80 to have an emergency exit stairway at the rear of the fuselage under the tail.
3 engine Boeing 727

3 engine Boeing 727

EXAMPLES

Boeing 727

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