Details were sketchy on this, but it would seem that a group of lightweights (PPG and PPC’s) were allowed to fly from an airport not long after a pair of 727 charter flights arrived.
Lance Marczak of Kankakee, IL pondered how much runway it would take if he were pushing this aircraft with his motor. Our guess is that it would be just enough to get the door closed!
The 40 year old 727s, which are no longer used by U.S. Airlines, still ply the planet in charter service and for airlines elsewhere where noise is less of a concern. It’s nice to have something making more volume then us, just don’t get in their way.