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What Was It That Got You Interested In Aviation?  
User currently offlineN754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7452 times:

Hi all,

I was just wondering what it was that first got all you Ladies and Gentlemen into Aviation??

For myself, I was sat at home bored one evening flicking through the Ceefax teletext pages when I came across page 443, which was Heathrow Terminal 3 Arrivals!.. I saw all the names of these places the planes were coming from and it just fascinated me. A few days later I took myself down to LHR and ended up spending the whole day there, just watching the planes, and from that moment on I was hooked! And then around three months later I flew for the very first time!

What's the story behind your addiction to aviation??

Look forward to your replies...


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User currently offlineUsair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7439 times:

i got interestsed because of my second flight which was IAD-MXP-IAD on a 767-300. I then i just got hooked and started to read books about flying then purchased Flight simulater 2002 . Then in 2003. I took my first flight in a Cessna 172 and i now am in training in a cessna 152.

User currently offlineDeltaalpha From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7439 times:

My Father worked 43 years with United Airlines. My Mother worked for United at SFO when they met. So I guess I can say that I was spawned of this industry. When I was a kid he used to take me to work with him and I was fascinated. When I grew up I became an A&P mechanic like my father before me. When my little brother grew up he became a A&P like his father and his brother before him. When my son is born I hope he follows in our footsteps and falls in love with this industry like my family has.
Delta Alpha

Common sense is not all that common
User currently offlineTimjohns From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 681 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 7432 times:

BBC2 'The Airshow' which used to be on around 5 - 6 years ago. From there to Flightsim, then airband radio and finally real flying lessons.

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22419 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 7417 times:

I bought a copy of Fly!2K (anyone remember that one?) for my computer (a Mac at the time, so FS wasn't an option) in search of a non-violent game that my parents (very strict about such things) would allow. I'd always liked planes, but at that point was thinking about going into architecture and designing airports. No longer. After I finally figured out how to fly the things, I was hooked. So I owe it all to Richard Harvey (may he rest in peace  Sad).

[Edited 2004-08-26 16:10:06]

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User currently offlineCVGpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 7413 times:

TopGun The Movie

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User currently offlinePronto From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 7408 times:

I grew up in the first subdivision south of YYZ and as far back as I can remember, I had an interest in aviation. I always had a longing to work in the industry, but fate steered me in other directions.

User currently offlineJFKLGAflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 7405 times:

I think the first time my interest was really sparked was when I was 8. Flew from OKC to DEN (Stapleton Airport) and back in the early 80's. OKC, of course did not have much in the way of variety in terms of aircraft--almost all of them were 727s back then, but at Denver (which was a huge hub for UA and CO at that time), I saw a HUGE variety of aircraft from jumbos to puddle-jumpers. I remember asking my father what each type was... he didn't know, so I decided to learn. That was the first time I actually started paying attention to what kind of aircraft I was flying and keeping track of how many different kinds I had seen. The rest, as they say, is history...

"Life's a journey, not a destination..." --Aerosmith
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 7396 times:

I was young and facinated at the sight of a 747 taking flight. I learnt all the different variants when I was about 3 or 4.

User currently offlineAZjetgeek From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 235 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 7393 times:

I was probably five or six when I took my first plane trip on a 707 on the PHX-LAX route out of old Terminal 1 (now gone) at Sky Harbor. I became immediately fascinated with aircraft. I used to build airplane models and draw airplanes all through school.

Last year, I started reviving my interest on an active basis. I studied websites of commercial aircraft builders. I read articles online about different aircraft, including the RJ's. This summer, I began reading as many books as possible about the industry.

My oldest son, who is 14, has no interest in aviation, which makes me a bit sad. However, my youngest, who is 9, seems to share some of my interest. Both boys have flown before.

Long live the RJ!
User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2586 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7378 times:

My father started work for Braniff in 1957. He still works for America West. My wife worked for Frontier and American. My sister worked for Braniff. Her husband worked for United. I have worked for Boeing and currently Cessna.

I non-reved around the world as an airline brat all my life. Like DeltaAlpha, my dad would take me to work also. I just loved being around planes. Since I grew up in Wichita, the Air Capital of the World, with Beech, Boeing, Cessna, and Learjet it was always easy to be around planes.

In high school, private pilot ground school was taught as a science elective. Some boys I knew had their pilot's license at age 16. At age 19 some were delivering new single engine Cessna's to dealers around the country. Some in Wichita live in neighborhoods with a common runway, a fly-in community.

Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7374 times:

Through my mom who was an F/A for at SAA for 27 years....

She got me endless jumpseats...and when I finally jumpseated a 744 the whole way to CPT I got hooked at around age 3 or 4...

Also the fact that every 10 minutes there is a 737-200 rocketing over my house... Big grin


Proudly South African
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7361 times:

standing on top of the parking garage at JFK waiting for my grandmother. also, on the beach at the rockaways watching concorde depart. i've got a picture of the latter.

"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineAmericanAirFan From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 410 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7355 times:

When I was 9 I went on a whole bunch of flights in one year going like this AUS-ELP-SAN(one hour layover)-SFO then SJC-LAX(one hour layover)-PHX-AUS and a bit before I went AUS-SJC and SJC-AUS all in one year on my two favorite Airlines American and Southwest  Big thumbs up and Im adicted to Bay are plane spotting even though I live in Texas  Sad


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User currently offlineAmericanAirFan From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 410 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7354 times:

When I was 9 I went on a whole bunch of flights in one year going like this AUS-ELP-SAN(one hour layover)-SFO then SJC-LAX(one hour layover)-PHX-AUS and a bit before I went AUS-SJC and SJC-AUS all in one year on my two favorite Airlines American and Southwest  Big thumbs up and Im adicted to Bay Area plane spotting even though I live in Texas  Sad


"American 1881 Cleared For Takeoff One Seven Left"
User currently offlineJustplanecrazy From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7347 times:

When i was 4 i used to look up to the sky and wonder what the tiny dots that were called planes really looked like?,where they were going? and what the view was like from up there?.Since then ive flown 59 times and will be going to Kenya in nov. Happy landings.

your pilots today on this 747 flight are captain oliver hardy and assisting will be FO stan laurel.Have a safe flight
User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7346 times:

I have been interested in it from a very early age, just the feeling of flight was what hooked me, a sort of passion for flying, being in the air, which I still have and know I'll always have (though very difficult to explain to others!)

Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned forever skyward
User currently offlineC172heavy From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7344 times:

My dad took me to the London International Airshow at YXU in '85. The promoted a/c that year was the A-7 SLUF! Remember it?

Since then I've only missed the annual show twice, and I got interested in civil aircraft along the way, too.

"How's that working out for ya?....Bein' clever?"
User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7337 times:

When I was little my Dad was an aeronautical engineer. We used to meet him at the airport with dinner and watch planes during his breaks. Plus the fact that a piece of metal can fly (and yes I know the physics of it, but it still amazes me.)

User currently offlineKCMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 553 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7332 times:

I grew up around US Army Aviation my dad being a pilot. Ive grown up around aviation my entire life. No commercial history but my family has a strong background of Military aviation. Its in my blood! Living in Southern Alabama at the Army Aviation Flight School and not too far from Pensacola the Navy flight school theres a huge aviation presence down here!

Cleared for the option...
User currently offlineUsair330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 844 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7328 times:

I took my first real plane ride in 1994 It was PHL-SJU AA727 , SJU-PHL USAir 737-400. I wont lie I was afraid we were going to crash the whole time LoL.... But I really started falling into aviation in 98 when I went into a computer store and on a television seen A demo of FS98. Ever since that point I wanted to fly. In 99 I got my first computer and a copy of FS95. A couple of months after I got the computer I got the internet and found Airliners.net!!! Thanks to Airliners.net I now know alot of the stuff I know about planes now.... Aircraft types, Airlines, Airports etc.

Thanks Johan for keeping a wonderful site open!!!!

User currently offlinePlanespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7326 times:

For me it was looking out the window one day when I was 12, and thinking where my life was going (kinda "deep" for a 12 year old), but then as I thought this a plane inbound for MAN came overhead, I went to the window and saw it was it flew out of view around the hill, and I wondered what kind of plane I was looking at.
So I got as many books as I could, then It started out visiting MAN whenever Concorde was in, and finally when I was around 14 I decided to visit MAN for myself, I dont remember taking my "first trip" but I do remember feeling "nervous" about it, and to think about it now actually makes me smile.
Now to me MAN is like a second home, I know the layout of the airport, all the "short-cuts" and where the best viewing areas are.
After 9/11 I dont visit MAN as often now, but I try to whenever I can, Ive always wanted to work there, but after 3 years of trying it looks to be in Vain.
Netherless my love of aviation keeps-on, from going to the Paris airshow last year, and seeing Concorde retire to seeing the 777 being born and now the A380.
Ive been to a lot of places whilst plane-spotting, most of the UK airports Iceland, Spain, Italy, France, Austria...theres loads more places Id love to see and lots more aircraft to "tick-off".
Im also now into the art of aircraft photography, mostly experimenting using different angles and light (quite often I can go through 24 pics, and only be "happy" with 1 pic.)
Anyway Ive met a lot of great people over the years, never actually known them to get their names or number, but still I love the whol spotting community.

User currently offlineDeltaWings From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7319 times:

We lived right next door to ZRH airport. From our livingroom window you could see the runway. Planes took off right next to us. Funny enough I wasnt to exited about airplanes when I was living there. I stared getting interested in planes as soon as we mooved away. Away from the airport. Oh well, you cant have it all.


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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7262 times:

Growing up in Battersea, south London, I was used to seeing aircraft lining up with the Thames for final approach into LHR, but it's probably safe to say that for some reason I took more interest in them than most! Then one day when I was about 8 or 9 years old I went to LHR with a school friend when her Dad was going on a business trip to Doha. Seeing the aircraft up close and personal made me realise that planes were more than just a passing interest, and from that moment on I was hooked. I still have the JAL pin that my friend's Mum bought me that day in WHSmiths in Terminal 3.

I can still remember rushing out into the playground with my schoolmates when the Concord started flying over in 1976, although strangely enough I was always the last back into the classroom, having stayed out to watch it long after all the others had lost interest!

Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7254 times:

My first flight was as a 1-year old, Istanbul-Adana on Turkish Airlines. Because of my dad´s work we travelled a lot. I lived in 7 different countries till now. I guess I was just raised in airplanes. I´ve flown on 25 different airlines to and from 60 airports, and as a spotter visited some 60 airports more to take pictures. The only continent I´ve never been to yet is Australia. Besides I´m hooked on FlightSim, and logged about ten hours on a Cessna 172 and Tiger.
I has a few jobs in aviation: handling agent at Maastricht Aachen airport, training coordinator with KLM exel and OPS officer at Denim Air. Due to circumstances I left aviation, but that´s where my heart always will be.


User currently offlineOV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 930 posts, RR: 3
Reply 25, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7259 times:

All my life I've lived under the takeoff and approach path of Tallinn (TLL/EETN). Back in 1980's every day started with waking up after a Moscow-bound Tu-134A stormed over my house at a mere 2000ft. It seemed kind of logical to me´.

I also remember the views out of the nice big round window of the Tu-134 on various flights me and my family took in the late 1980's. I guess it just grew on me over time.

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