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What Plane Made You A Plane Geek?  
User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5312 times:

If you first got interested in aviation upon sighting a certain aircraft that took your breath away. If so, what plane did you first "fall in love" with? For me, it was the MD-11. I remember seeing it for the first time around 93-94 and thinking how cool it was to have those thingies at the wing tips (winglets). Not a very orthodox method to deem coolness, but you can't expect much from a then 12/13 year old.

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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5306 times:

i have always liked the 707 and DC-10.

Both planes were used by LH when i first started flying when i was a wee boy.



I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5305 times:

the 757
when i set eyes on it i knew thats what i want to be (no i didnt want to be a plane) a pilot and fly that plane



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User currently offlineWingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 850 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5300 times:

I remember when I was 11 wanting to know everything about THIS plane when I first saw pictures of it-


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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5295 times:

Don't know why but I've always liked the DC-10.

DC-10


User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5286 times:

Has to be the L1011!!


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User currently offlineDeltaWings From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5271 times:

Actually it started off with Airlines. At first I collected all kinds of airline logos (used to draw them myself), but then I started having my favourite airliners. I think the one that favoured me most in the beginning was the MD-11, also because the Swissair-Asia logo was an eyecatcher for me.


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User currently offlineIFACN From Italy, joined Nov 2005, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5263 times:

DC-9s and 727s seen from the old terminal at Milan Linate.

In the 70s/first half of the 80s, the old terminal had an open elevated space from which passengers and curious people could watch the apron and the rwys/taxiways. Those aircraft were almost all from AZ and merger companies ATI and Aermediterranea.

The most exciting moments were the takeoffs as seen from that platform, to me it seemed that the plane flew just some inches above our heads Big grin


User currently offlineCaptainjon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5253 times:

Well it isn't my favourite aeroplane now, but it was the first time I flew, and ever since then I was in love--the Boeing 727-200. I just loved going down full throttle down the runway and the feeling of the take off was incredible. And seeing the clouds from above was just breathtaking. I just knew I had to do something with aviation (10 years later, I am just starting to take lessons).

User currently offlineMohamed From Egypt, joined Jan 2006, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5246 times:

Nice thread , but isn't this for the polls ?

For me it would be the LH A343 ! "The most economical Airplane at its time , the new Biz class with 50% extra place and PTV compared to the old , the new ECO class with those very nice headrest" which were to high for my head then.
Doesn't need any thinking



Don't mistake me by my age.
User currently offlineNASOCEANA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5243 times:

For me it was the MD-11, my dad was a ramp agent for FedEx and brought me to work one day and I got a first hand tour from the First Officer. It was awesome! As a kid it amazed me how they unloaded and loaded so fast!

That sealed the deal for me!

NASOCEANA!



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User currently offlineJeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5241 times:
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For me it was my first flight on a Pan Am 707 circa 1979. I was three years old at the time and actually remember the flight. Later the route my family always flew on (IAH-JFK) was upgraded to a 747 and I got a seat with an awesome wing view on one flight. That awesome flight pretty much sealed it for me.


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User currently offlineLesMainwaring From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5218 times:

The Boeing 727 did it for me

My aunt was a f/a with UA for 35 years ... we'd go to the (old) ATL airport and visit with her between turns

the 727 just looked like a real jet ... that long, sleek design, sharp nose, pulled back wings ... and in the old UA colors, it was one sharp bird

...

when the L1011 came along, i fell in love with it too

...

i have to say now i really like the B717



I want something under my wheels thats plenty long and mighty dry --- Vern Demarest
User currently offlineAC21365 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5215 times:

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/550225/M/

Watching this scene at Birmingham Intl. Airport (KBHM), over and over and over. The bucket reversers on the old JT8D motors ruled.

-Aaron


User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5211 times:

747-400 and 737-200

"The message you were about to post is too short and blabla."


User currently offlinePiercey From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 2233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5201 times:

UA 777, 747, and 727  Smile

plus a grandfather who built planes and a dad who flew them (won't any more, get's really bad motion sickness  yuck  )



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User currently offlineGEEZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5194 times:

The 777 - When I first saw one rotating at LHR, that was it for me!


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User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5178 times:

Growing up in the early 90s, all the TriJets and the 747s helped me become the "plane geek" that I am today. Now, it's the 762ER and the A345.


From YVR
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 38
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5170 times:

The first planes I went on (7 and younger) first inspired me... 747-200, 737-200 and the BAe 146. Everyone around me encouraged me as well. I'll always be regarded as a "plane geek" by my friends.. Now I continue to be awed by the 747-400, 777-300ER and the 777-200LR - the speed, range and capacity does it for me.


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User currently offlineDogfighter2111 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5166 times:

I was waaay too young to remember.

The aircraft varies between B737-200's to BAC-111's.

Here is an example of what i may have seen:


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User currently offlineAC21365 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5165 times:

Heh, my dad grew up on the Caravelle. I wish I coulda gone back to see it  Sad

User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5152 times:


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User currently offlineMikedlayer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5149 times:

757 for me, ever since my first ever flight which just happened to be a 757 Big grin

User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5140 times:

for me it was a Ansett New Zealand 737 when i was 2 years old, i remember been thrown into the seat as we were late for the flight. Then i remebr getting plane toys for xmas and since then wanted to be a pilot. Now im in training Smile


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User currently offlineCsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5133 times:

My grandfather's Beech Bonanza. I'll never forget my first time that I got to sit in the right seat and watch the gound vanish from beneath us. Ever since then, I've been a self-proclaimed plane geek.

Craig



An American expat living and working in Australia
25 CX881 : It would have to be the 747-400, 777-200, and 757-200. I love those planes!
26 ZKSUJ : The 744 is the one that got me. Liked it foir as long as I can remember.
27 MrMcCoy : It's the B-17 Flying Fortress that got me as a kid, but now it doesn't even get me to turn my head. I'm all about the Boeing 737-200!
28 Post contains links and images Alphafloor : My first trip to New York, with my parents when I was a little boy. We took SR110 GVA-JFK with a B742 HB-IGA and back with SR111 with the same a/c. I
29 Post contains images TransIsland : When I was a kid, I felt that this was a much more "realistic" flying experience, as you could actually see the pilot handling the aircraft for the e
30 GSM763 : It was a BA 747 flying from LHR-SFO in 2001. Having only previously taken domestic flights from GLA and EDI to BRS on tiny Dash 8s I was hooked by the
31 QFA380 : Believe it or not, I fell in love with the Dash 8. As it was the only traffic that ever flew over my house (until DJ arrived).
32 Cs03 : Flying a BWIA 727-100 JFK/BGI and visiting the "office" and seeing the radar showing other a/c around us! (1969).
33 Post contains images NightHawk117 : Ditto...hence my username
34 Post contains images MtFlyer : Sky King's Cessna 310, and his niece Penny also got my attention. Man, I'm I that old!!!
35 David L : Not a particular aircraft but... Kai Tak! We lived over the hills from the airport but whenever we ventured into town the first thing we'd see as we c
36 Post contains links and images AndersNilsson : My guess is Convair 440 of Linjeflyg, since I'm born close to Stockholm- Bromma airport. View Large View MediumPhoto © Kjell nilsson[Edited 2006-01-0
37 Post contains links and images Scottieprecord : This beautiful bird has always captured my attention since before I can remember... View Large View MediumPhoto © Tim Lachenmaier Living less tha
38 FLLDTW744 : I was driving and got bored so stopped at the viewing area at TOL. In the distance I saw a NW 747 approaching in the clouds but thought it was too goo
39 IFACN : Let me add something more: late 70s DC9s and 727s at Milan Linate played an important role in my aviation geekiness, but recent (in the last three yea
40 Lastordu : I don't remember. My Dad flow a lot when I was a kid, so I guess it was more the airport rather then the plane. The airport was LAS so I guess the 757
41 Post contains images OV735 : This one did: This is the best thing that can roar over one's house.
42 Jetflyer : No specific plane did. Living 8 miles out from Heathrow airport on its flightpath probably made me fascinated by airliners but I don't like other plan
43 Post contains images AmericanB763ER : It's definitely the DC-8 - not only because it was the first aircraft I flew on but also b/c my home airport saw many of these Diesel-8's buggering ar
44 YOWza : For me it was the KL MD11s. The fact that they are all named after women added something too on top of their pure looks. YOWza
45 Post contains links and images EGTESkyGod : August 22nd 1997, Manchester Airport UK, G-BOAG, Concorde, was the first time I knew... View Large View MediumPhoto © Stuart Prince View Large Vi
46 Post contains links and images F14D4ever : I was probably hooked the first time I looked up and saw an airliner, before I could talk. The first one I can recall being intrigued by was the McDon
47 Dreamflight767 : Wish I knew. Whatever it was, this hobb/passion/career has cost me a great deal of money!! But never any regrets.
48 BenThePlaneHen : The B747-400 British Airways made me a plane geek when I was 6 years old.
49 STARalliance24 : Air Canada's A330-300 did the job for me! A year ago.
50 Post contains links and images Sovietjet : It was a combination of this: View Large View MediumPhoto © Jan Ostrowski and this: View Large View MediumPhoto © Vladimir Teichert
51 Tony lu : MU MD11 The message you were about to post is too short and probably not of any higher value to the topic at hand. You should think long and hard befo
52 Post contains links and images DeC : Easily this one here: View Large View MediumPhoto © Piotr Marek (EPGD Spotters) My biggest aviation love
53 Post contains images David L : If only I were young enough to use that excuse! Unfortunately, VC-10s, 707s, even Bristol Britannias had got to me long before she made an appearance
54 IRelayer : Definately the 747 (classic). -IR
55 Kevr757 : Easy.... 757!! Britannia Airways, stunning jet.
56 CLEwatcher : ive always had a soft spot for 757's
57 Cadet985 : The one and only Grumman F-14 Tomcat! Marc
58 UpperDeck79 : Qantas B747's in 1988 when I got to fly a 747 for the first time!
59 Gdodds : I'll be honest, Concorde. I'm in love with her. I have around 4 DVDS and a few books, so thats what made me a 'plane geek'
60 Boeingfan71 : i always liked the 747 but once i saw them in person i fully fell in love with the giant beast. Cheers, Drake
61 Nosedive : Challenger biz jet. Pretty much all my life I've been around jets. My dad was a cap't for Federal Express's corp division, and he would often take his
62 Post contains links and images Aircanada333 : For me it was this plane: View Large View MediumPhoto © Spencer WilmotView Large View MediumPhoto © Mathieu Grégoire-DenicourtView Large Vi
63 Drewfly : My parents divorced when I was 2, so every Wednesday night was the designated time for my father to take me out to eat. Quite often, we went to the Mc
64 Post contains images Mexicana757 : The 727 for me.
65 Post contains links and images AirEuropeUK733 : The plane that made me a plane geek was a Britannia Airways 767-200 back in the mid-eighties. I was desparate to fly on one and tried to convince my p
66 Post contains images FlyingRev : My first time flying was on an MD-88! I loved it. From that point on I was hooked! Then came the 727-200 ADV.... The Fokker F-28.... The Fokker F-100,
67 Subhix : I'll go for every vintage airplane that Syrian airlines have, they please me and they move my emotions. Check them out sometime guys!
68 Post contains links and images Luxair : For me it was the DC-8 View Large View MediumPhoto © Guido Allieri - Italy View Large View MediumPhoto © Johan Ljungdahl
69 CDreier : I was just a small boy when my dad took me Teterboro (KTEB). Back then there was no security and you could just walk around the flight line and hanger
70 Alaska737 : 737-200, Convair 580 and the Dash-8-200 did it for me
71 Post contains links and images Malaysia : These babies did it View Large View MediumPhoto © Bob Groenendijk
72 Post contains images Speedysounds : For me it was the 727 - first flight in a Dan Air 727 from Gatwick to Gibraltar. Then, aged 8, standing beside the runway in Gib watching as the Dan A
73 747srule : See user name. I was waiting for my ORD-PHX-ONT flight in the terminal. My brother who was already a "plane geek" was spotting and I was a novice. Any
74 Post contains links and images AR1300 : Here you have it: View Large View MediumPhoto © David Morrell - Avid Creations It still amazes me.This is by far the best paint scheme ever. Mike
75 Post contains images Malmoaviation : My mothers Glaser-Dirks DG-300 Elan did. And Maybe Concorde did some job to..
76 Post contains links and images Raffik : I'd flown lots of times before, but it was after an ATH - Bey flight one of these in 1994 that I got really interested! Love those -200s. Lovely aircr
77 Post contains links and images Rwy31R : Although I love many Old favourites such as the classic 741 and L1011, the plane that got me hooked was seeing this beauty taxing infront of me at BUF
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