Last operational Boeing 720 landed in Trenton Ontario on Wednesday.
The last operational Boeing 720 in the world will mark the end of the fleet's legacy in Trenton this week.
Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, people standing along RCAF Road in Trenton had an opportunity to see C-FETB, the 154th and last Boeing 720 built by Boeing, ending its last flight — traveling from Saint-Hubert, QC to Canada's largest air base.
Eager to preserve this historically significant test bed aircraft, Pratt & Whitney (the most important manufacturer of turboprop and small turbofan engines in the world) and the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum came to an agreement that will see the 720 go on loan to the National Air Force Museum of Canada (NAFMC) in Trenton “for an indefinite period of time,” said Barb Neri, public relations manager at the NAFMC.
“The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum prides itself in charting not only Canada's rich aviation and space heritage but also the celebration of important milestones in the history and technology of flight,” said Stephen Quick, director general of the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum.
“Pratt & Whitney Canada have shown a great foresight in donating this important aircraft to the national collection so that future generations of Canadians will be able to understand its significance and the important role it played in our aviation history.”
Introduced by Boeing in 1959, the 720 is a smaller capacity, lighter and medium-range version of the 707 — one of the most successful airliners of the 20th century. C-FETB was the 720 flying test bed operated by the Quebec-based manufacturer until 2010.
For the last 24 years, the (Boeing) 720 helped Pratt and Whiney Canada test more than eight different families of engines.
“Today, we are thrilled to have this historical part of our flight test operations displayed and preserved where all Canadians can witness and learn about this unique, one of a kind aircraft,” stated Marc Kirner, director flight operation at Pratt and Whitney Canada.
Neri said 8 Wing Operations will store the donated-aircraft until it gets the 21st spot in the museum's outdoor air park sometime this summer.
“After the necessary prep work on the aircraft is complete we hope it will be ready to be displayed in the airpark by July,” said Neri.
“As of now we have 25 aircraft on display at the museum, 20 of these are in the airpark. With the addition of the B720, we are hoping also to train some of our staff in order offer guided tour of the aircraft.”
Source Pratt& Whitney Canada
A footnote, I flew in the Boeing 720B with Air Rhodesia in the mid 1970's.
B-720-025 Air Rhodesia
Gravity always wins!