BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4 Posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3848 times:
Every now and again we have those little "Oh my God!" moments when we see or hear things in the world of aviation that make us momentarily stop dead in our tracks.
I don't mean those horribly tragic moments involving loss of life, pain and suffering - those are much bigger moments than I'm talking about here, and shock and affect not only us enthusiasts, but also many, many more people.
I'm talking about the kind of things that only another enthusiast would appreciate.
I'll give you an example of one such moment that happened to me just this afternoon...
I was sitting here going through the photos on my laptop, when I can across this photo that I took at AMS in October 2004:
N230NW @ AMS - October 2004
I had stood and watched the aircraft push back, enjoying being so close to a DC10 again. Wondering what pictures may have existed of that same aircraft in the database I decided to do a search.
My heart sank when the first photo I came across was this one:
Yes, I know it happens all the time, especially with older aircraft such as this one, but it was the first time I had knowingly seen an aircraft in a graveyard that I had seen and photographed in happier times!!
That was one of my (many) "OMG!" moments...what are yours?
Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8473 posts, RR: 78 Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3829 times:
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I have a slightly different version of such an "OMG" moment.
My first flight ever in the FO seat of a B737. I was departing runway 27R in HAJ and turned downwind, no pax, only flight training. I was so concentrated I didn't realise what is happening to me. Then the captain looked at me and said: you are flying: ENJOY IT DUDE!!! I started to smile all over my face I took a look outside and enjoyes the short time of level flight in pattern altitude and then I turned final and did my first ever landing in a jet. Man, this was an "OMG" moment I will never forget
GST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 927 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3814 times:
Probably the first time I ever flew in a glider. It is still less than a year ago, so is still very fresh in my mind. The moment the instructor released the cable. The Piper Super Cub made a descending turn to starboard as we climbed to port, at the same time it went so fantastically quiet. Only the whistle of the wind. I remember thinking to myself, this is surely what flying is all about. Strange really, since it was even before I got to actually control the aircraft, all I was doing was keeping my hands and feet on the controls and following through what the instructor did.
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5217 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3782 times:
Mine was my first landing in a Shorts Sandringham flying boat, at Lord Howe Island! It was a night flight, due to the tide and left SYD at 0200, arriving at the island with the sun. A first light landing, to the north, inside the shadow those massive mountains, then the drumming as the hull makes contact and the smooth "splash in" are still etched in my memory 36 years later.
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3778 times:
Quoting GST (Reply 3): I remember thinking to myself, this is surely what flying is all about.
Quoting Gemuser (Reply 4): A first light landing, to the north, inside the shadow those massive mountains, then the drumming as the hull makes contact and the smooth "splash in" are still etched in my memory 36 years later.
Again, those are exactly the kind of things I'm talking about! Those moments that even years later stick in our minds, but wouldn't necessarily mean a lot to non-enthusiasts. OK, my first example happened only today, but I have a ton from years gone by that I could pull on.
Here's another example that I'll share, that wouldn't necessarily mean a lot to some, but meant a lot to me...
Back in the late 70s/early 80s, my dad used to (under sufferance) take his whiny brat of a son (a.k.a. moi!) on fairly frequent Sunday afternoon spotting visits to LHR. My dad had absolutely no interest in aviation, and truth be known, was sh*t scared of flying. All he really wanted to do on a Sunday afternoon was go to the pub, eat his roast dinner then fall asleep watching the football on the telly!
But this particular afternoon he had again indulged my passion and we had spent a number of hours on the roof of carpark 3, roaming the decks of the Queen's Building and doing a walking tour of the terminals.
His ordeal was finally over for another week, and we were making our way home to Battersea via the M4, with a happy bunny sat in the passenger seat of his Ford Cortina.
But just as we had left the Heathrow Spur, I looked up and saw the lumbering shape of a 747 approaching us from the north east. I couldn't believe my eyes, having never seen anything approach LHR from that direction. Moments later I was pratically staring into the cockpit of the El Al jumbo as it made its way across the M4 for a landing on the now-closed runway 23!! Yes, I was experiencing my one and only 23 landing! Up until that point, and ever since, I had/have only ever experienced takeoffs and landings from the parallels, and I was so excited that I didn't know what to do with myself!!! My dad, of course, was unable to share my excitement, but if we had had the "OMG" acronym back then, I'm sure I would have used it!
Well I enjoyed it anyway...!
[Edited 2008-07-02 17:39:38]
Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
Bartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3741 times:
After 6 months of working on the ramp, i decided to go take a discovery flight. flew a local south over the harbour and over my house and back to do a perfect landing in perfect weather. hands on the whole time, with just an instructor guiding me. most fun i've ever had.
PlaneWasted From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 440 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3734 times:
I will never forget when i flew on the upper deck on a SQ 747 (first and only time). I was about seven years old then. A flight attendant asked me if I wanted to visit the cockpit (in flight), of course I wanted to do that!
SAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 479 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3634 times:
For me it has to be my 1st ever jet airliner flight!
It was on 10/2/88 GOT-ARN on SAS Dc9-41 LN-RLZ. I was on a short break staying in Gothenburg & took a cheap student standby return to Stockholm. We taxied out onto the runway, then the brakes were applied & the power added. The moment the brakes were released & we shot off down the runway & up into the air I thought to myself "YES, I could get used to this!"
Until this flight my only experience of flying had been a 5 min Ce152 flight, a 5 min Pa28 flight & a Dc3 air experience flight of between 5-10 mins! So as you can imagine this was a mind blowing experience for me! Up to now I've flown over 150 sectors on airliners & even now I still get a big smile on my face every time that the brakes are released & we shoot off down the runway!
Even now I can still remember everything about that day, from gazing down at the clouds to the highlights at ARN which were SE-DEH Se210 Transwede & SE-IVR L188 Falcon Cargo!
Ag92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3629 times:
Here is one which only around 500 people would have and can experience it.
Standing at the gate, very early in the morning, and slowly as the sun rises whilst a party is ongoing at the gate, you see the massive beast which is awaiting you in the glorious sun being prepared to take you and your fellow friends (what they then became) across to Sydney
You finally get to step on board, and you realize at that moment that you have stepped into aviation history, you walk to the back of the cabin, cant do anything but smile. Awaiting you at your seat is a nice black laptop bag which have lots of different things. Your captain welcomes you onboard and as the pushback happen people are busy taking photos of your plane. You finally reach the runway, and then the engines start and finally the wheels are off the ground and you are one of the 477 passengers who have stepped into Aviation History being the First To Fly on the Airbus 380 in October.
An OMG moment I will never forget - the time when I realized I have stepped into aviation history. This happened again on arrival in Sydney and then again at take-off and landing from Sydney to Singapore
LHRlocal From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 250 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3610 times:
I gotta few to be honest:
When i was young (about 7-8 i guess) i remember looking through the window at the plane we were about to board i think it was a 737-300 or 400 at Madrid, and noticed (looking directly at the front of the engines) that they looked squashed, they are not circular, i crapped myself and think i panicked all the way home.
Another incident was onboard an Alaska MD80 from LAX to Seattle, whilst taxi-ing, looked back into the engine and noticed the engine wasnt rotating, i was convinced they had forgot to turn the engine on and in the end had to ask a stewardess if it was normal!
My dad has worked for BA for 30+ years and has a lot of contacts, which have provided me with many OMG moments:
1. Having a look on concorde when it was in a LHR hanger stripped out being maintened was one.
2. Experiencing flights to LAX and SYD in 1st class - OMG
3. Having the fantastic chance to sit in the jump seat for the landing into Madrid or Malaga (many years ago) - i will never forget that, ever!
Jeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 961 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3588 times:
I had an OMG moment just the other night.I was driving my tug down Ramp 9 at the UPS hub at SDF. I got to the very end of the ramp and there she was: N575UP, a brand spankin' new 747-400, just flown in from PAE that day. She looked absolutely stunning just sitting there with a fresh new paint job, towering over the other aircraft. I am a huge fan of the 747 so it filled me with joy to see this pristine example of the greatest aircraft ever made. The second joyful moment came later in the night as I watched 575 thunder down 17R on her first ever revenue flight to ANC. It was a very proud moment for me just to see her fly
AirStairs From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 486 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3556 times:
I used to travel through ORD quite a bit when I was about 8 and under and for some reason I remember seeing a KL 744 (must have been the first I ever saw in person) and just staring at it until ma had to peel me off the window.
First time at LAX, mum took me to the theme restaurant and, well, that experience probably speaks for itself (the widebodies, not the food by any means).
First time onboard a 744, BA2288 PHX-LHR in '98 or '99. I was a giddy fucking nightmare.
WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8473 posts, RR: 78 Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3544 times:
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Quoting LHRlocal (Reply 10): 1. Having a look on concorde when it was in a LHR hanger stripped out being maintened was one.
Oh, how could I forget about the Concorde It has alway been an OMG moment when I saw her... And it still is...
Quoting LHRlocal (Reply 10): Madrid or Malaga (many years ago) - i will never forget that, ever!
You don't remember the airport anymore or you've been on the jumpseat on both flights into these airports?
I just had to think of one other OMG experience, but it was a sad one. I was on a solo flight. And I heard a crew of my flight school reported on our school frequency that one of our planes crashed. It took about 30 minutes until the fire fighters and ambulance was at the crash scene. The aircraft circling above the crash scene tried to contact our flight school on the school frequency but because of some mountains in between, they couldn't reach them at the first try. So I heard the following sentence 3 (!!!!) times. I only felt OMG!!! The sentence was: "The crash crew confirmed that there are NO survivors!"
Trekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3507 times:
I had what will be one of my most memerable OMG's today.
Well, 2 of them to be exact.
1. The first airshow display of the Vulcan Bomber, finally returning to our skies.
2. The Vulcan and Lancaster bombers flying formation. OMG the noise of both there engines together is simply amazing.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7791 posts, RR: 23 Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3488 times:
My best "omg" moment so far was when i saw Concorde take off over my head for the first time. The speed, you knew it was taking off faster than every other jet at nearly 250 knots, the sound, it's WAY loudier than any other jet. The noise is defeaning, the ground beneath my feet felt like it was shaking. And then the site of the afterburners glowing away into the distance while banking. Simply majestic. However there's one machine which i have never see in real life that might be more awesome to watch, and that's the Space shuttle lifting off.
SDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3228 times:
Two memories that I think of happened 2 years ago at IAD. Me and my dad had been to the hangar filled with airplanes (can't remember the name) that is a part of the Smithsonian institute. The first OMG moment was standing next to the B707 prototype, the exact airplane that totally changed aviation. The other was on the bus back to downtown DC. We were driving on the highway and above us and from behind, a BA B772 comes and overtakes us as it lands at IAD. It was really really close and we drove next to it for quite a few seconds, but I was stuck to the window and forgot to take my camera out. That was to put it in one word, a-frickin-mazing
Woody71 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 85 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3182 times:
These are some great stories. Let's keep this thread going. I have two OMG moments.
1. Sitting in the jump-seat while landing in SJU from MAD and having the captian show me the sights of old San Juan with one hand while coming in to approach with the other. I was only there because he knew my uncle. Truly an unforgettable moment for me.
2. Seeing my first fighter jet, F-14, flying over my head during an airshow. I didn't hear or feel the engines until he was a good 1/4 mile past us. Truly amazing that something can fly that fast and it's not even close to the a/c's top speed. Breathtaking!!
UltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1993 posts, RR: 6 Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3166 times:
One time I was looking through my photo collection and found a shot of DL's 767 ship 102 in the anniversary livery from Nov. 2005. This was looooong after they had retired it to the museum.
1. Watching the moon rise from an NW A333 (Only a month ago!)
2. Seeing D-AQUI flying over Cologne, Germany
3. Seeing a KLM 777 landing at IAD at sunset
4. Flying on YX DC-9 N203ME, the same plane on a postcard I have
5. Seeing a 747 approach directly overhead from near the top of an apartment building
I could probably think of a lot more, but these are the most memorable.
2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8950 posts, RR: 62 Reply 24, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3152 times:
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Sitting at my desk in Southwest Airlines Flight Operations during my second day of work as an intern, when two of the most senior chief pilots walk by very quickly and I overhear one of them say "We know it wasn't one of ours".
The date - September 11, 2001.
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25 AirStairs: I when I was really young I would beg my nanny to take me down to PHX (and often during the summer, when I was out of school) and she would park by 26
26 BNE: I can think of 2. i) Flight on the inaugural A380 Sydney to Singapore: take off was especially nice. ii) Last weekend when I got to fly in a King Air
27 Woody71: WOW!!! I got chills reading that one. I have another, I was able to watch both the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds perform their routines at the sam
28 ANITIX87: I have several to contribute if you'll all indulge me. 1) Hearing that TWA800 went down with all lives lost on July 17, 1996, about 5 hours after I'd
29 TheSonntag: To me, a fantastic moment was my first intercontinental flight from AMS to KIX. You fly through the night, and then, next morning, suddenly I saw the
30 Maestra80: I have an "omg!" moment anytime I see a low flying plane about to pass overhead. I always have to stop and gawk. I live west of MDW and south of ORD.
31 SeansasLCY: My aviation OMG moments were: Boarding the 1st A380 flight from LHR to SIN. That was a really good experience and being with likeminded aviation fans
32 HercPPMX: 1.Being 10 years old, and going to work with my dad. Walking into the boeing factory at KPAE. I remember walking through a 747 that didn't have a sing
33 Smcmac32msn: I really don't have one, but I just pray ANITIX87 isn't on any international flight that brings that plane into the city I'm departing from. I don't
34 UltimateDelta: Sort of related to that: Hearing that my uncle was supposed to be on SR111 but missed it because of a late connection. His company actually lost a fe
35 DocLightning: I was in college and I was going somewhere from SFO, which was my home airport at the time (and is again!). At the end of 28 there was a long-term par
36 YYZflyer: Back in March this year I was looking at pics that are in the DB from YYZ, and decided to take a look if the BA 777 that crash landed at LHR was in th
37 Scooter01: Can't remember them all at the moment, but here's the latest one: Last Wednesday (July 16) I was sitting at the gate at RIX waiting for my flight back
38 Sprout5199: For me it was when I was ten, visiting England/Scotland seeing family, and walking to the BA 747 flight back to MIA and seeing the Concorde at the gat
39 IAirAllie: Hearing the thunder of flighter jets flying overhead. I love it so exhillarating. Especially when the squadron commander was my ex and he waggled his
40 TheSonntag: Those seem to be German F-4s, and they will be phased out by 2012. I will miss those smokers.
41 Bok269: 1. Definitely my discovery flight. 2. Coming back from STT my charter flight (on Boston-Maine, who has thankfully since gone into oblivion), we stoppe