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Oddball Types You've Flown On  
User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2423 posts, RR: 8
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 5040 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.

There's nothing quite like a trijet.
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User currently offlineAY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 506 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 5028 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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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3072 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 4998 times:

Does a Dash-8 Q400 count as an oddball? I flew on one of those from RNO-LAX.

I also flew an ex-TWA 757-200 from DFW-RNO. Although that's far from an oddball type, it was (is?) an oddball seat layout compared to AA's other 757-200s.

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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 4992 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!

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User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 4989 times:

For me it would be BT's BAe-146/RJ-70

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User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 4978 times:

Not an oddball type, but this particular plane was an oddball:

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User currently offlineEWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 9 hours ago) and read 4969 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.

User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 4949 times:

Been on a 737-900, not many of those around, and been on the VS A340-600 that was named by the Queen (G-VEIL, Queen of the Skies)

User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2423 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4933 times:

I forgot to mention the NW MD-82 I took between ORD-MSP in the late '90s.

There's nothing quite like a trijet.
User currently offlineGh123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4918 times:

Air Transport International DC 8 Louisville - Shannon - London Stanstead.

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User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2424 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

Odd ball...hmm

I helped restore/recover and fly the Last Wood-Spar (they changed to metal spars) built Piper J-3 Cub a couple years ago..that was cool.

Other than that I got to fly on the AC Jet "AC Shuttle" Dornier DO-Jet when I worked for Delta. (was used as a sub aircraft when others were down for MX...when not on Corporate Shuttle duties)

Cant think of anything else special off hand.


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User currently offlinePlaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1283 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4909 times:

Flying on a Beechcraft 1900-C from UIO-Coca was interesting - had done the B-1900-D a bunch of times - was a fun time going over those mountains. Primarily members of the Ecuador army on the flight.

I want to live in an old and converted 727...
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