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Campbell picks up small fragments of blue paint that fell when he recently pressure-washed the fuselage. Pressure-washing is a regular maintenance duty in wet and forested areas of the Pacific Northwest, though Campbell says the task goes quickly on the smooth-skinned aircraft. On the ground next to Campbell is a thrust-reverser from the rear engine, used for decelerating the plane after landing.
The VACANT-OCCUPIED slider has Greek translations, like other signage aboard the plane. The 727 made 43,000 flights in service to Olympic Airways. According to the aircraft’s records, the jet carried Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1975 as they accompanied the body of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis for burial on a private island off the coast of Greece.