N352SW From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3850 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. 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.
ArcticBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 20 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3811 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 I've heard, offlist, that the last AS 732c will be withdrawn from service "sometime in April" 2007.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.
LHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 628 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3763 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!
Next up: LAX-LHR NZ002 Y SkyCouch! LHR-LAX NZ001 Y
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 18800 posts, RR: 64 Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3743 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.
N352SW From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3740 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.