TrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2415 posts, RR: 8 Posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4943 times:
AA 733, MD-87, and 747SP are a few oddball types I have flown on with airlines. I also took UA DC-10-30CFs a few times as well, which were a rare variant in the large UA DC-10 fleet. On an smaller scale, the DL MD-90.
I'm sure many of you have your own oddballs you've been on, WN 727 anyone? Let's hear 'em.
AY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 506 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4931 times:
I guess you could call Finnair's DC8-62CF (hope I got the designation correct for mixed cargo/passenger) in the 60's, 70's and early 80's. I used to work for them at SPL, there was a daily flight from HEL-AMS-JFK, and twice a week with a stop in CPH as well. No less than 13 different configurations, from all-cargo 13 pallets, 66Y and 8 cargo pallets etc. up to 188 all Y configuration mainly for charters. I thought the most unusual was the 66Y config, the cabin looked so tiny when entering the aircraft from the rear. There were different variations also of F and Y with the cargo pallets, usually 12F seats but I can't remember the number in Y.
Also the Super Caravelles were a bit odd in their own way. They had 2 cargo/baggage compartments under the cabin, and another at the very back of the cabin on the right, as you came up the back stairs (the galley was on the left). There could also be a cargo compartment at the very front, behind the front door, and across the aisle behind the galley door, directly in front of F Class cabin. It meant taking out a row of Y seats, so the configuration with that compartment would be
12F Y67 instead of 12F 72Y without the extra cargo compartment. The aircraft was tail heavy anyway, so the compartment in the front of F often helped to balance the aircraft. However, a lot of cargo out of Amsterdam, was flowers on the way to Gothenburg, Sweden (AY846 went AMS-GOT-HEL) and flowers are so light that it did not help a lot anyway. When the passenger loads were light, all the passengers had to often sit in the first 7 rows for take off and landing, to balance the aircraft.
Those were interesting and fun times indeed!
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IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4895 times:
Yep did fly on the WN 727's a time or two!
Quoting TSS (Reply 2): Does a Dash-8 Q400 count as an oddball?
I guess it would depend on what company was flying it....from the originator of the thread I'm thinking odd types for a particular company such as the WN having B722's in their fleet for a year or so in the 80's.
Flying CO during merger mania was always an oddball something.....from a Peoples brown painted plane to the red DC9 of Apple, to the Frontinental MD80's from Frontier to an ex Eastern DC9-50 once in awhile. Thank goodness those days are long gone at CO and now you get the same, well except for the ill painted CHQ stuff!
Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
EWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4872 times:
In my case it was 3 types flown by Ransome Airlines when operating as Allegheny Commuter in 1970s: Nord 262 (both before and after conversion to Mohawk 298) and a lengthened fuselage, turboprop, tricycle gear version of the Beech 18.