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Earliest Aircraft Flown  
User currently offlineWycombe From Australia, joined Feb 2006, 7 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

A chance to boast -
For me:
Comet 4 in 1965 Rome-Bombay
Viscount many times in 60s in Australia
Electra ditto
Caravelle
Trident in China 1980s
Many 707s and DC8s in 70s
Convair 880 with CX in 70s

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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8440 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2619 times:
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Well if we are talking about earliest flight, then Northeast Trident NCL-LHR in July 1971

If earliest aircraft, then SAA DC-4.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2606 times:

Earliest (= oldest) a/c flown on: This very DH-89a Dragon Rapide (G-AIYR) a few years ago:

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Another old example was a DC-3 (C-47) by Servivensa flying from CAJ (Canaima, Venezuela) to PZO.
The a/c had to make the trip twice in order to transport all the members of our tour (1991).

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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).
-HT



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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2593 times:

A Ford tri-motor,
DC-3
DC-4
L-49 Connie..
Those are the oldest. There are others
but the above should fit this thread.
safe



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User currently offlineMidex461 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2572 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).


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

I had the chance to fly on this bird a few years back ...


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... 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 ....  cloudnine 



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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

Same for me, Junkers Ju52 at Samaden Airport. Hard to beat I guess.


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User currently offlineVhqpa From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 1455 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2537 times:

Earliest Built Aircraft I've been on was a 1978 Built Cessna 172 VH-BYR around the Traffic Pattern at Archerfield.


Earliest Built Airliner I've been on was a June 1981 Build Boeing 727-277LR VH-ANA on AN DRW-ADL




Vhq



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8440 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2528 times:
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Quoting Wycombe (Thread starter):
Wycombe From Australia, joined exactly 2 years ago today! , 7 posts,

This must be some kind of record? The exact opposite of B747Forever!



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User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2525 times:
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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
BN Electra
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)


User currently offlineLH648 From Kazakhstan, joined Sep 2006, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

Antonov 24 '74, SCAT Airlines, Almaty (ALA) - Dushanbe (DYU).


I hate Lufthansa
User currently onlineCross757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2463 times:

I flew many late 1950's era T-37's in 2002-2003...they were old, but built like a tank and reliable.

Cross757


User currently offlineErhard From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

this is going to show my age!  Wink
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  Wink


User currently offlineHoppe777 From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

Ok well me its just the boring old DC-10 While its a classic its not like some of the aircraft you gents have flown.

I would love to go up in a JU-52 or a DC-3



Sometime in easter 10 .... yet to book :)
User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2426 times:

Oldest aircraft flown on is the Detroit Foundation DC3 - the oldest flying DC3, built in 1937.

First flight was on a British Airtours L1011 LGW / NAP.



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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1981 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2420 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.



Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineFRNT787 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1317 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2403 times:

You all put me to shame.

My earliest: An F9 737-200.



"We have a right to fail, because failure makes us grow" --Glenn Beck
User currently offlineAsturias From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 2054 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

My earliest flight was also in the oldest plane I've flown. The Fokker F-27 Friendship.


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Tonight we fly
User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2397 times:

Good lord, some of you are as old as dust!!  Wink 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!



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User currently offlineYULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

1978 DC8 stretch from AirCanada yul-yvr smoking inside gggrrrr

User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

Oldest plane - DC-9-10 (guess who)
First flight - Dunno, but probably yet another DC-9  Wink



Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineSprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

First flight was a BA 747 MIA-LHR in 1976 when I was 9. I remember on the return seeing the Concorde at the gate next to us. Everyone was in awe of it.

Dan in Jupiter


User currently offlineN5014K From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

DC-3
EYW-MTH-MIA in the mid 1970's
Air Sunshine, later absorbed by Air Florida


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