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      Post #72399, posted on 05-13-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      On the 727-200, below the #2 over wing exit and above the wing root fairing, there is a more or less oval panel or hatch that is very hard to see in most photos. Does anyone happen to know what this is for?

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      Post #72401, posted on 05-13-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi, Gene;

      The panel you're describing is a 'step stool,' of sorts. It is activated to free-fall when the aft over wing exit hatch is opened.

      It provides a step down to the wing for a quicker egress.

      I've seen a photograph of this in action and will continue to look.

      Hope this helps.

      Jay
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      Post #72413, posted on 05-14-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Jay, thanks for the info, that certainly makes sense. No need to spend a lot of time searching for the photo, I just wanted to know what the purpose was. Interestingly, no detail decal sheet that I know of depicts that feature, but it is molded on the fuselage of the AA 727-200 kit.

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      Post #72426, posted on 05-15-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Funny, I've never seen a 27 IRL *without* the step. Seems to be a quirk of the wing/fuselage design & regs. of the era--even dedicated freighters had(have) it to this day, exit disabled or not, kinda like the DB Cooper vane on the airstairs of FedEx birds Been watching that airplane for 45 years now, & there it all stays...

      Paging Dan & his forthcoming 727 book. I'm merely a fascinated old guy, I'll let the truly educated man weigh in! ;)

      Rob in AK

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