The Boeing 727 is a three engine airliner first built in the 1960s. The aircraft saw popular use around the world with over 1,800 produced.
It has a flight crew of three, pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer and could carry up to 155 passengers. The Boeing 727 at Scampton is the -2S2F variant, built as freighters for FEDEX in the mid-1980s. The B727s have been extensively modified with the TERSUS aerial dispersant spray system, designed and manufactured by 2Excel's engineering arm Leading Edge, and are equipped to deploy and operate anywhere in the world. The aircraft have a dual GPS/GNSS flight management system, satphone, HF radio and all the other usual systems required for long-range operations worldwide.