First flight overall was in a Spantax (then: BX) Convair CV-880 Coronado in 1973.
A few SE-210 Caravelles in the early eighties in service with now defunct German airlines Aero Lloyd and SAT (Special Air Transport).
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
Midex461 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 281 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2315 times:
The true earliest? Other than the fact that it was a trip STL-PHX and we had to connect in DFW, I honestly don't remember. The earliest that I remember flying on is PHX-ATL on a 757 (gives you an idea how old I am).
Opinions and views expressed are MINE and do NOT represent the views of US Airways
... built in 1939. If I'm not mistaken, this was the very same aircraft that sat on the observation deck at DUS before it was restored to flying condition. I remember my dad and me taking pictures of it (while it was on the DUS roof) back in 1985 when we were on holidays there. Who knew that some 20 years later I'd fly on the same aircraft ....
Mauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2268 times:
As a kid in the 60's and early 70's, all for leisure then of course, vacation, visiting family, etc.:
TW domestic Connie 1049? (whatever model they would have been flying then domestically?) (my first flight)
North Central - Convair's - 340-440's? (whatever they would have been flying then) (on summer vacation in Michigan)
TW Convair 880
DC-8 - 60's on UA (vacation trip to CA) and Icelandic ( 71' first trip to Europe)
Fairchild 27 on Ozark
Caravelle on Luxair - (71' first trip to Europe)
Hawker-Sid Trident - British European Airways (71' first trip to Europe)
707, 720 and 727's - on TW, BN, and Pan Am (71' first trip to Europe)
Erhard From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 88 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
this is going to show my age!
L1049, DC3/C47, DC7C, DC8's, 707's, 720,...well basically all of Boeing's 7 series, most Douglas & McDonnel/Douglas' commercial series, most Lockheed commercial series, some Eastern Block nuts & bolts buckets
ZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1942 posts, RR: 7 Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2163 times:
The earliest built aircraft I have been up in would have been a Ford tri-motor but I forget the Ident, it was in Oshkosh.
The earliest built aircraft I have flown would have been Harvard C-FMWN, its not on a.net (I have looked a few times, though the owner's T-28 C-GMWN is on here). I forget the military ident, just the civi one.
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4 Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2140 times:
Good lord, some of you are as old as dust!! Just kidding...with age comes infinite and respectable wisdom. Makes me feel so much better though about my first ever flight being aboard a BA Viscount (sound familiar?!) LHR-GCI in August 1979. Such huge windows, and a great flight, even if the takeoff was a little "shallow"! I have no idea when the aircraft was built, but the fact that I flew it in 1979 implies that it was pretty ancient, even then!
Infact, it probably wasn't even as old as the Air UK HP Herald that replaced the dear old Viscount in 1980 on the very same LHR-GCI route. God, those things were ANCIENT, and certainly showed it!
Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb