GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13031 posts, RR: 78
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7316 times:
I was 17, new at BA.
However, for my first flight (in an era well before LCC's), was not a case of waiting to get my staff travel concessions.
Since it was a C of A renewal air test, on BA B747-136 G-ANWE, LHR-LHR, August 1983.
This involved a nearly empty aircraft, just tech crew, CAA observer and a few of us Engineering staff.
We took the Jumbo over the English Channel, a beautiful clear day, England on one side through the cabin window, France on the other.
Then the aircraft did a succession of stalls, you had the high angle of attack, then hearing the stall warning horn through the open door of the cockpit (we were seated on the upper deck).
A strange sensation, then a lurching drop.
After recovering, repeating the process several times, it was thrilling!
This from someone who does not do fairground rides and would never do a parachute drop, but on this aircraft, I felt secure, it was a case of your stomach being left behind at the drop, maybe the fascination I felt offset anything else.
Then we were testing the O2 system with masks dropping, generally threw the aircraft around more than you'd get on a normal flight.
Being topped off by a low level, high speed pass over the military airfield at Boscombe Down, there must have been a deployment of USAF F-111's there, since I remember seeing them on the ground as we flashed past.
My second flight was in Feb 1984, another BA 747 air test, G-BDXK, delivered to LHR after a period of storage in the US, after the early 80's recession deffered delivery.
An acceptance flight this time, so none of the hardcore stuff from my first flight, though we did do a touch and go at the then rather sleepy airport at Stanstead.
G-BDXK was in a unique config, a short lived all economy cabin since the aircraft was going to LGW for the then charter subsidary, British Airtours .
My 3rd was a pleasure flight in a DC-3, LTN-LTN, passing over London and LHR.
Very different, tailwheel aircraft, no pressurisation, throbbing engines, noise, so some of the other pax were throwing up, hang on, this is a flight for enthusiasats!
Call themselves aviation fans?
And after those, normal airline flights, boring!
I was spoiled early on I guess, until I had some flights on Concorde.......but that's another story.
Classic 747 with classic entertainment system namely projector and big screen right in front of my face! Add lots of turbulance to that and you had one very sick 8 year old girl! I didn't like it at all
WhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 645 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7239 times:
FAT-SFO on a UA CV-340, on the first leg of a trip to Yellowstone that would involve a UA DC8 SFO-SLC; Western Electra from SLC to WYS and back to SLC: Frontier CV 580 from SLC to Montrose for connection to DEN (UA was on strike then); Western 720B from DEN to SFO. Pacific Airlines F27 from SFO-FAT. Great introduction to flying at the age of 10.
DAL763ER From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7234 times:
April 7th, 2000 BUD-TUN. I don't know whether it was a charter or not. Nor do I know the aircraft. Maybe someone knows what Tunisair was flying to Budapest in 2000. From what I know it was an Airbus. At least so I think, because it was a 3-3 config.
Where aviation is not the side show, it's the main show!!!
TurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1434 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7200 times:
I started flying quite late. I was 18 on my first ever flight and I remember it like yesterday. It was also my very first flight as a flight attendant. I was on a Turkish Airlines 737-400 flying IST-MUC-IST on 11 December 1999. If only there was a way of finding out the exact aircraft I flew on that day....
The purser told me to take off in Business Class (which was almost empty) and watch the crew serve throughout the flight. Most of the time, I was admiring the winter scenery below. In MUC, we left the aircraft and did some shopping at the Duty Free shops. I remember a More&More shop. Is it still there?
It might have been this aircraft or one of many TK was flying back then