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Which Aircraft Do You Miss The Most  
User currently offlineN352SW From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6738 times:

Out of all the aircraft that are retired or are soon to be retired, which ones do you miss the most? I know alot of us have a personal favorite of which holds fond memories. Mine would be the L-1011. My father worked for Delta for 35 years and we would always fly them on the MCO-BOS route. When I was younger I would actually have to sit on my knees to look out the window. I loved the large first class seats and the " awesome " entertainment system at that time.  Wink I also miss the sound of the RB-211 starting up or flying overhead. You could hear those a mile away.
My father passed 6 years ago and I hold the L-1011 in regards with his memory, as I have so many with him and that aircraft. I was lucky enough to sign and take ship 728 out to VCV on the very last flight for the Delta L-1011. That was a very bittersweet moment that will forever be etched in my memory.

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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6737 times:

Mine would be:

BAC 1-11

H.S. Trident

Boeing 707 & 720

B737-100 (although I never saw one)

Vickers Viscount


....and there are many more.


User currently offlineArcticBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6717 times:

Douglas DC-3 (of course)

B737-200 (I have a last flight in one booked ANC-AKN-ADK in Jan.)

Convair 880 / 990 (not sure I ever flew in one - too young to have known)

//Paul in SEA

[Edited 2006-12-09 15:17:27]

User currently offlineN352SW From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6709 times:

ArcticBlast,
You are lucky to get one last ride in the 737-200. Take some pics to post here. Who are you flying on ? Is it AS ?


User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3769 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6704 times:

SK's MD-90s. Although this is an A/C still in service around the world, SK has been getting rid of them for the last few years. Nice and quiet, and the Mad Dog looked so much better with big engines.

Cheers
Mats



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User currently offlineN352SW From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6703 times:

The MD-90 did look mean.....love those large engines. Flew on them a couple of times with DL...Nice aircraft but maintenance headache

User currently offlineArcticBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6700 times:

Quoting N352SW (Reply 3):
You are lucky to get one last ride in the 737-200. Take some pics to post here. Who are you flying on ? Is it AS?

Yep. AS 138 on Sun 28 Jan. ANC-AKN-ADK. On Adak Is. for an hour or so, then return same day, same combi, now AS 139, ADK-AKN-ANC. And, yes, I'll take pics. I've heard, offlist, that the last AS 732c will be withdrawn from service "sometime in April" 2007. Sigh.

//Paul in SEA


User currently offlineN352SW From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6695 times:

You got a double bonus.....a combi at that..  bigthumbsup 

User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3313 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6690 times:

Concorde! I think everyone will miss the elegance of the big white triangle!


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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1871 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6682 times:

Concorde and the Caravelle

Teva



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User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1204 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6679 times:
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Quoting Doona (Reply 4):
SK's MD-90s.

To me. it brings a sad memory -the flyby at the CLOSING of Oslo's airport; Fornebu, it will not be missed.

On the missed list:

L-1011 -flew one FLL-NYC -still remember the spacious interior and ride

Caravelle -Remember I could hear them start up, then jump on my bike and make it to Fornebu in time to watch it take off

CV 990 Coronado -the sound

DC 9-21 -Hot Rod



"We all have a girl and her name is nostalgia" - Hemingway
User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1204 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6665 times:
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...and how could I forget about this one, one like this one took me to Bimini for Easter-vacation back in '83

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User currently offlineN352SW From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6656 times:

Also used to love the DC-8, especially in turbulance when you could see the whole fusalage swaying. Beautiful aircraft.

User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 655 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6651 times:

BAC 1-11 for sure - nothing like the sound of Speys spooling up on pushback, large oval windows and the rear-facing exit-row seats at row 9 on the BA BHX-based 400 series a/c

Trident 3B - terrible t/o performance, but it was British and had - to borrow a phrase from SWA - 'party-seating' in the first row - and Autoland! Plus it was always amusing trying to watch the cabin crew collect the fares onboard, inflight on the Belfast shuttle...might be an urban myth, but there are stories of crews 'forgetting' to collect the fares on some shuttle sectors

TriStar - corral of lavs at the back arranged in a semi-circle and loads of cabin space prior to BA's ACE galley program when the underfloor galley was removed and all cabin service modules were installed on the main deck. Many memorable trips on these a/c on BA ATH-LHR, LHR-BFS (Easter hols service to augment the Tridents) and MAN-HKG with 3 intermediate stops!

747-100/200 - nothing beats the spiral staircase!



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User currently offlineFreedom747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6634 times:

The DC-8 stretch, has this exterior light mounted high on the fuselage shining out, overlooking the wing. THAT was cool.

The deep throttle sounding of the RB.211 engines on the TriStar. MAN-O-MAN! What an airplane. She's a gem. She's the Queen. She's the (airplane) Almighty.

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 13):
TriStar - corral of lavs at the back arranged in a semi-circle

AWESOME !!


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20563 posts, RR: 62
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6631 times:

For all-around airplane lusciousness, it still has to be the TriStar, with the 707 a very close second. I even refuse to call Hollywood-Burbank, or Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena, or Bob Hope Airport, or whatever they want to call it, anything other than what it is: Lockheed Field.

So there!  Smile



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User currently offlineN352SW From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6628 times:

For those of you who are L-1011 fans and have not seen this, I highly suggest checking this website out. It is dedicated to Delta's last L-1011 flight. A ton of pics inside and out, and a number of pics at VCV of the retired DL L-1011's. Kinda sad too to know it is the end of an era.





http://www.l1011.homestead.com


User currently offline113312 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 571 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6606 times:

B707/720
DC-8
L1011
Grumman Goose
L-188


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39859 posts, RR: 74
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6590 times:

707
It went out of service too soon after the last passenger variant was build.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6584 times:

727
737-200

(I will miss the DC-9 when NW retires it-when the do!)


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8452 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6585 times:
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Of all the planes I have flown on that are not around anymore there are only two that I miss:


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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9003 posts, RR: 76
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6581 times:
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I miss the 727 most... havent seen one in months... They are not very famous anymore here... too loud... Yeah right...  crazy 

WILCO737
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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3755 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6570 times:

L-1011
727-200
DC-9. Never liked the 9 when I was real young, but I've grown to like it over the years.

DeltaRules



Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
User currently offlineN352SW From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6561 times:

I miss the 727 noise also.....and the black smoke when they pushed the throttles forward.....It was interesting to watch a loaded 727 take-off on a hot summer day.

User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6529 times:

VC 10 for me a quiet , roomy and elegant plane. Very British.

25 BA787 : DC9 and 757-200, a300 Yeah I known both the last two are still around but they wont be cos they aint really made nemore, well the a300 is, but ya no w
26 Gemuser : Bunch of young whipper-snappers! I miss the real aeroplanes! Short S25 Sandringham and DC-3/4/6. Four big round engines!(OK! DC3 - 2 engines) REAL air
27 Post contains links and images Andz : Come to South Africa and you can fly on both! View Large View MediumPhoto © Andy Martin - AirTeamImages
28 Gemuser : I have! Not in South Africa though. We still have DC3s but not on scheduled flights, but the DC4s disappeared in the late 70s! Strangley enough QF wa
29 TrijetsRMissed : 727 DC-10/MD-11 L-1011 MD-80/90 DC-9/717
30 RB211-524H : I can't believe nobody has mentioned classic 747s! There used to be a time when all international flights to Syd from anywhere in the world required a
31 Scooter01 : To Gemuser: Check my post in Tech/Ops re: Turbine engines Never got to fly in a Sandringham myself, but in 1983 this was the best I could do Scooter01
32 AlexPorter : The only classic airliner that I've flown is the 727, which I was on for my very first two flights in 2001. Ironically, even though the 727 was still
33 Isitsafenow : I miss any airliner that no longer exists. Let me start with the DC 6, convair 340 and 440, the connies, work into Viscounts and Electras and end with
34 TrijetsRMissed : Not to mention the Convair set a speed record for a cross country flight commercial flight back in the day. LAX - MIA in 3.5 hours! What routes do th
35 Gemuser : Yeah I saw that. [Mutters to himself] I will NOT, NOT, NOT get involved in the Sunderland/Sandringham debate AGAIN!!! In fact by the time you saw it,
36 Post contains links and images Aviacentre : Where my love for flight originated: View Large View MediumPhoto © JetPix
37 ACDC8 : Out of the aircraft that I flew on a regular basis, I really miss the .... AC L1011 CP / KL F28 LH DC10 Also, I will miss the AC A340's once the T7's
38 Post contains links and images LTU932 : For me, it's the 727, First Generation 737, L-1011, DC-10 and MD-11 which I miss the most. I've flown on them and they have a special place in my hear
39 ExFATboy : For me, it'd be the TriStar, followed by the 707. Never got to fly on Concorde, dammit...
40 ANITIX87 : McDonnell Douglas MD-11. I flew on them with Swissair and loved them. They were so comfortable and especially once the PTV's were added, they were gre
41 Post contains images DHHornet : Sod the planet. Give me a 1-11 at full chaff pumping out black shite on take off Don't laugh, Shorts 360 Sheds! Ugly,basic but did the biz. Not so lo
42 Post contains images Mexicana757 : The 727 for me.
43 Siren : The 727, 747-100 and the DC-10... I'm sure if I'd flown on a 707 or DC-8 I'd miss them, but I've only ever seen them. I've seen KC-135s re-engined wit
44 Post contains images Eadster : Surely one will fly again one day? I used to see one every night, only now its been replaced. Its just not the same. The sound is what made it worth
45 Post contains links and images Jkw777 : Well I think I have to say I'm going to miss the DC-10 when the last one has been made into a beer can! I saw a pic on here which almost brought a tea
46 Blackbird : -BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde -Lockheed L-1011 -Boeing 727-100 -Convair 880 -747-SP -747-200
47 DALelite : how touching.... the plane i miss the most is the L-1011. regards: DALelite
48 TrijetsRMissed : Wow that is very eerie, especially since it is believed that the newly installed PTV's caused the electrical fire, which ultimately downed the aircra
49 ANITIX87 : You think that's eerie? I was also on N93119 (TWA800) on her last complete flight (ATH-JFK) four hours before she went down. Talk about good luck. Fo
50 AlexPorter : They fly various charter routes across North America, mostly to leisure destinations. My flights were MSP-PVR-MSP. They have a very strong presence i
51 AirCop : Just loved the old North Central's Convairs 580 flying out of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan back to the real world.
52 Post contains images Legoguy : Possibly, but only for a short period and it will carry no passengers
53 N231YE : Same here!...N230NW was my first DC-10 ride; which was a flight from MSP to SEA.
54 Post contains images Jkw777 : Ah man isn't that just too sad?! I flew her LGW-MSP, what a beast she was. - Justin
55 TACAA320 : PA's B707. And sooner or later the B727.
56 Vref5 : Since the original poster didn't limit this to commercial/civilian aviation, my answer would have to be the X-15. That thing could really haul! For co
57 TACAA320 : Also the Caravelle, the Bac One-11 and the Viscount.
58 DeltaL1011man : L1011 727 MD-11 DC-10
59 United_Fan : Passenger 727's coming into ROC during the day so I can get pics of them.Damn freighters come in at night.......such good memories of DL 727's x3 a da
60 AADC10137 : Hello All, DC-10 L10-11 B727. rgds..
61 Post contains images TrijetsRMissed : I'm right there with you guys!
62 Deskflier : For me it is the Linjeflyg Convair CV-440 Metropolitans overflying my childhood home 3km(2sm) south of the beacon at Brattforsheden(ESSM). I was 12 or
63 Post contains images Qantas747300 : Without a doubt the 727. A simply amazing aircraft; very elegant and NOISY Regards.
64 Deskflier : One aircraft I regret never being able to have seen in operation, is the Curtiss Commando. In Sweden, the biggest (only?) operator was Transair, flyin
65 Lite : The bulk of my flying within Europe in the 1990s was with British Airways affiliate airlines on BAC 1-11 or Boeing 737-200 aircraft, both of which I'd
66 SEPilot : The Connie; IMHO the most beautiful and graceful airliner ever built.
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