United took delivery of 28 stretch 727s from May 1968 through till June 1969. It was to be an 8 year wait until they took delivery of further -200s in the form of over 60 Advanced models, which became the mainstay of their medium haul fleet in the 1980s.
Aeroclassics just released their Stars & Bars liveried version of the 727-200 a few months ago. To be honest I wasn't going to get it because I already had the Aurora version from years before, which actually uses the same mould as the new Aeroclassics version. An order mixup however has given me the chance to be able to compare the two releases which depict the same colour scheme on different frames.
Here are the two versions together. The Aurora version uses a much darker blue than the Aeroclassics version. In addition other differences are:
N7638U served with UA until the end of 1993 when she was stored until being sold onto Emery Worldwide who converted her to a freighter in early 1995. They operated her until 2005 when she was bought and then sold quickly onto the Mexican airline Planet Airways as XA-SRC in June 2007. By 2008 she was in the hands of PanAm AirCargo as XA-UIJ however she never entered service and was stored minus engines as of February 2010.
N7632U was a standard 727 delivered in November 1968. She remained with United her whole career until being stored in May 1994. Sold to Aero Controls Inc she was subsequently broken up.
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