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All Your Memorable 747 Flights  
User currently offlineAirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6128 times:

Hello all 747 fans, time to remember our favorite airliner. Post all your memorable 747 flights, specify the 747 type, the route and year or decade of your flight and a statement why it is memorable to you. I will try to repost this thread annually for new members and for the old members who will continue to experience memorable 747 flights and hope that Boeing will continue to produce newer generation 747s!

I will start with the ones I can still remember:

Pan Am PA 747-100 Manila-SGN-MNL 1975 I feel lucky to experience my very first flight was on a B747! I saw SQ 737-100, TG DC-8-33 and an Air Vietnam B707 in its yellow and red livery depicting the South Vietnamese flag in Tan Son Nhut Airport on our flight back.

Japan JL 747-200B NRT-HKG 1983 My one and only flight into Kaitak Airport with its exhilarating checkerboard approach!

United UA 747SP 1988 Manila-NRT My one and only flight with a 747SP

Northwest NW 747-200B MSP-SEA-NRT-MNL 1989 same aircraft all the way, my first multi-stop flight on a 747 with no change of plane!

Northwest NW 747-400 DTW-KIX-MNL vv 1996 My first and only flight into Kansai Airport Osaka

Royal Air Maroc AT 747-400 1999 JFK-YUL vv nice flight across the border served by Moroccan crews, cheap fare: $200 RT. Only problem was the FA served me a very small can of Coke (canned in Casablanca) with no ice and no peanuts, no pretzels! On the way back however, in addition to the very small can of Coke, there was a gourmet carrot cake that really tasted great and there was a glass of ice!

United UA 747-400 ORD-DEN autumn 2001 My very first flight post 9/11. Perhaps only 50 passengers in that gargantuan plane! People were so scared to fly that the airlines were having a sale---$150 RT from East Coast to LAS!

Singapore SQ 747-400 EWR-AMS 2002 The airline will speak for itself!! Long Live SQ!!

Virgin Atlantic VS 747-400 EWR-LHR 2003 Full flight but my first time to see Heathrow!

I am hoping for CX 744 and BA 744 this year!

Thank you in advance for posting!

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User currently offlineCptGirmayTesfa From Peru, joined Oct 2003, 409 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6092 times:

Some I will never forget:

*Thai Airways B747-300 Amsterdam-Bangkok back in 1986. My first 747, and still the most beautiful livery around I think.
*Philippine Airlines B747-200 London Gatwick-Rome-Bangkok-Manila in 1994. The longest single flight in terms of hours I ever made.
*Philippine Airlines B747-200 Manila-Hong Kong in 1994. Kai Tak landing.
*Varig B747-300 Sao Paulo-New York JFK in 1995. The biggest bird connecting the biggest cities, very appropriate.
*El Al B747-200 London Heathrow-Tel Aviv in 1998. Was I think the only non-orthodox Jewish on board. Very funny.
*El Al B747-400 New York JFK-Tel Aviv in 2002. Great flight as the route is so historic.
*KLM B747-400 Mexico - Amsterdam in 2003. Going for my own wedding in Holland. Sweet memories.

I love the 747!

User currently offlineRHSNYC From United States of America, joined May 2004, 95 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6084 times:

My first flight as a flight attendant with Pan Am going from LHR to IAD. Just when I reached the aft galley with my meal cart and thought I was finally finished, the senior F/A tapped me on the shoulder and said "press on - you've got that entire last zone to finish" as she pointed to the back. Yeap, that 747 was a BIG plane! LOL! Ahh, then there was the 747-SP. Economy passengers had to walk through a very large section of business class before getting to the coach section. Seems we always found a few "self-upgrades". Why stop here when it doesn't look better in the back - LOL!! I remember one very large woman who wanted to practically barter with me to sit there. She had a funny accent and pleaded that she won't even eat anything, she won't use the lavatory, she won't ask for anything - "just let me sit in theez beautiful, luxurious seat". It was like pulling teeth to get her up and out!! The F/C and B/C galley ran along the side of the airplane unlike most aircraft. We really liked this layout as it provided us a lot of space to do our work as passengers would not walk into that area..........

User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6071 times:

Would have to be my first trip on a 747 back on December 27 1986. I was flying with NW from LGW-BOS and not only was it my first time on a 747, but also my first ever trip to the United States - two events that I had dreamed of for many years happening at once! I just couldn't get over the size of that bird as I stepped aboard - I could barely see the back of the cabin. Prior to that flight I had mainly only ever flown on narrow bodies (apart from a flight on a BCal DC10 to Ibiza). Whilst I had seen 747's take off and land hundreds of times, on seeing the inside I just couldn't believe that the thing would actually be able to get airborne! The movie that day was 'Heartburn' - even now, whenever I hear Carly Simon sing 'Coming Around Again' I'm taken right back to that unforgettable flight!

Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineLa Carlota From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6063 times:

I've flown 41 times on B-747's.

In total, it's been 154,826 miles.

36 different airports in 4 continents: LHR (10 times); MAD (6); FRA (5); CDG, FCO and JFK (4); AMS, HKG (Kai Tak), IAD and SEL (3); ANC, BCN, BOM, DXB, HKG ( Chek Lak Kok), KUL, LAX, LGW, MCO, NBO, ORD (2); ATL, BKK, BOS, CCS, CUR, JED, FUK, HND, MIA, NRT, PEK, SFO, SIN, TPE, ZRH (1).

15 different airlines: British Airways (10 times); Air France and Malaysia (4); Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Swissair and TWA (3); Thai (2); ANA, Eva, Northwest Orient, Saudia, Singapore and United (1).

Shortest segment: 301 miles. MAD-BCN, TWA. Jan. 7, 1978.

Longest segment: 6593 miles. KUL-LHR, Malaysia. Aug. 2, 1994

Many of them are memorable. These are the most:

Jan. 7, 1978. 747/100 (?) TWA> JFK-MAD/ MAD-BCN/ Registration: Unavailable

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Just because it was my first 747 flight ever. I think it was a -100 series, though maybe a -200. The aircraft had the hollow letters livery. The check-in and boarding process at TWA's terminal in JFK was unforgettable, and I felt like being part of something, flying one of the dominant airlines and jets over the Atlantic.

Feb. 3, 1988. 747/200 BRITISH AIRWAYS> LHR-ORD/ Registration: Unavailable

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Even though I was flying coach class, I had the chance to ride on the upper floor. BA at that time had that particular configuration for the new -300's. I was in row 53. I was the first one to board the plane and made my way all the way to the rear of the main cabin. I couldn't find my seat, so the flight attendant told me it was upstairs. I couldn't believe it. There was a huge snow storm in Chicago, so we had to fly in circles for more than an extra hour, which I didn't care at all. I really enjoyed that flight, the check-in process at the then brand new Terminal 4, the service, the movie (Baby boom), and everything...

Mar. 8, 1988. 747/200 BRITISH AIRWAYS> JFK-LHR/ Registration: Unavailable

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A classic route. I wanted to fly it ASAP. So I did as soon as I got a chance.

Sep. 8, 1988. 747/200 IBERIA> BCN-ANC/ ANC-SEL/ Registration: Unavailable

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Unusual flight. Not flown on a regular schedule. After a short hop from MAD, the aircraft was flying the Spanish Olympic delegation to the Seoul Games. I had the chance to be on board this unforgettable flight over Greenland and Northern Canada (I got spectacular pix from that day). 9 hours and 49 minutes took us from BCN to ANC. A brief and chill stop, and we were back on board for the next segment, ANC-SEL, which happened to be my number 100 flight ever!. After 8 hours and 6 minutes, que were in SEL (brand new Kimpo airport at that time), at around 5 pm next day... First time in wonderful Asia... totally new experience for me.

Oct. 4, 1988. 747/200 ANA> FUK-HND/ Registration: Unavailable

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I was so surprised to fly such a big bird for such a short domestic flight!! But once I got in the plane, I understood why: It was full!! For me it was fun to try what for me was an 'exotic' airline.

Oct. 5, 1988. 747/100 NORTHWEST ORIENT> NRT-SEL/ Registration: Unavailable

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It cost me lots of $ to be on this particular flight. But I wanted to fly this US airline with that beatiful livery between two international cities. The plane was delayed (I'm not sure where it was coming from), so I had some more time to explore Narita Airport. We landed at SEL around midnight.

Oct. 7, 1988. 747/300 SWISSAIR> SEL-HKG/ HKG-BOM/ BOM-ZRH/ Registration: Unavailable

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This seemed to me a subway or a train, with so many stops to get to ZRH. But I didn't care, since I was flying Business Class. The flight left at night, and all the segments were during the night. So I spent most of the time eating and sleeping. The highlight was landing at Kai Tak. I had read about the thrill of it, but I really didn't expect that much. I was wondering how would it be when suddenly I saw from my window on the right side of the plane a family having dinner inside their apartment! A few seconds later, we were touching down. The stopover at BOM was interesting, and since then I've been willing to go and visit India deeply. We arrived at ZRH early in the morning, and I still had time to take a walk through the city before my next flight, not on a 747 this time :-(.

Oct. 31, 1988. 747/200 BRITISH AIRWAYS> LHR-JFK/ Registration: Unavailable

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The beginning of a well deserved vacation. Usually I don't like to repeat routes I've already flown and try to find new ways to get to the place flying whatever other way, as long as it's not too expensive. But this time I didn't care. The only thing that kind of frustrated me is that when we left, there was a BA Concorde at the gate at LHR bound for JFK as well. When we got to JFK, the same BA Concorde was there!!!!!

Nov. 18, 1988. 747/200 BRITISH AIRWAYS> BOS-LHR/ Registration: Unavailable

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The irritating part on this flight was the short duration of the flight (5hrs. 59 min.). I couldn't sleep!!

Feb. 18, 1991. 747/100B SAUDIA> LHR-JED/ Registration: Unavailable

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Hard times for the industry. The Gulf War was on, and the only possible way to get into Saudi Arabia was through JED (Impressive airport, by the way). Tough security procedures (even more than those seen in the US after 9/11), and looong lines to board. Interesting that just before departure, the on board screen showed some prayers. I thought it was a standard rule on Saudia planes. It was a positive 'first' for me.

May 21, 1992. 747/400 THAI AIRWAYS> MAD-FCO/ FCO-BKK/ Registration: Unavailable

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First time on a -400, and I was eager to try it. Also, I was dying to try THAI, since many people told me how great it was. The experience was worth it. On both segments the aircraft was half empty, so I really enjoyed it, and could have also better service. The plane was new, and it smelled like new!!

May 30, 1992. 747/400 SINGAPORE> SIN-FRA/ Registration: Unavailable

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I was booked on Raffles Class, and was so excited about it. It met and surpassed my expectations. I had a seat on the upper floor (just under the 'Megatop' letters, and the service was the best I ever received on board an aircraft. Food great, drink great, IE great, FA's great. This is my longest flight ever to the date, in time (12 hours 56 minutes), but not in miles.

Aug. 22,1992. 747/200C AIR FRANCE> CDG-NBO/ Registration: Unavailable

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Second time on AF, and my first flight to Africa!

Sep. 4, 1992. 747/200 BRITISH AIRWAYS> NBO-LHR/ Registration: Unavailable

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I travelled First Class, on seat 1K. I experienced the amazing view to the front from that very first window of the aircraft. Taking off was a thrill. During the flight, the FA came to invite me to the cockpit. I said 'of course'. We were flying over Sudan, and the captain briefed me on the flight details. The sky was deep blue, and down it was desert-colored. IE had great movies to chose from, and service was excellent. Now I know why there's a difference between First and Business.

Nov. 27, 1993. 747/400 KLM> AMS-MCO/ Registration: PH-BFN

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When I learned about this route before my planned travel, I wanted to do it, no matter what. If Nairobi was involved in my last B-747 flight before this one, welll... this was too, even though I was flying between Europe and America... The aircraft was 'City of Nairobi'.

Dec. 19, 1993 747/300 KLM> CUR-AMS/ Registration: PH-BUP

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It excited me the idea of leaving the Tropics not long before Christmas, and be in Europe a few hours later. Wow! I experienced the difference I was looking for: Chill morning in AMS at landing... but I was very well suntanned  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Jul. 23, 1994 747/400 MALAYSIA> MAD-FCO/ FCO-DXB/ DXB-KUL/ Registration: 9M-MPG

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My second MAD-FCO flight was in a 747 too! The stop in DXB was awesome. I was there more than 4 years earlier and wanted to tour that airport again. I was very excited to board the plane the old way (stairs) in MAD.

Aug. 2, 1994 747/400 MALAYSIA> KUL-LHR/ Registration: 9M-MPE

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My longest flight ever in terms of miles (6,593), although not in terms of time.

Oct.30, 1996 747/400 BRITISH AIRWAYS> LHR-SFO/ Registration: G-BNLW

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First long haul and 747 flight for my daughter, almost 15 months old at that time. She had a great time, and so did I. Great route over Northern Canada, and again, great pictures of those icebergs and glacials.

Nov. 29, 1996 747/200 BRITISH AIRWAYS> IAD-LHR/ Registration: Unavailable

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We almost miss this flight. We got lost at DC on our way back to IAD, the car return took too long, and security procedures wers just like it was the day after 9/11. We were the last ones to board the plane... they were waiting for us!

Jun. 26, 1997 747/400 AIR FRANCE> CDG-HKG/ Registration: F-GITA

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First flight for me from Europe to Asia over Russia. I knew it was going to be my last landing at Kai Tak, and I was sitting on the left side of the plane. My first landing was on the right side, so I wanted to see how it was this time. I must say it was much better on the right side. But the thrill was there though. I flown the same aircraft on my way back to CDG from PEK a few days later.

Jan. 29, 1999 747/400 BRITISH AIRWAYS> LGW-CCS/ Registration: G-BNLC

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This was the first time I was flying on a 747 to my once home airport, CCS. It kind of surprised me that the aircraft still had the old livery, and no those new weird colors of BA. The flight was continuing to BOG, and there were lots of rescue guys traveling to help on the recovery mission of a recent earthquake in the Colombian cities of Pereira and Armenia. At landing, I confirmed that the 747/400 is indeed a huuuuuge aircraft for CCS.

Nov. 27, 1999 747/400C KLMasia> AMS-HKG/ Registration: PH-BFM

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First landing for me at Chek Lak Kok. The nice feeling of flying to Asia again, and trying the new airport at my favorite city in that continent.

Dec. 2, 1999 747/400C EVA AIR> TPE-HKG/ Registration: N-403EV

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I was surprised they put me on seat 6A for this flight, even though I had a coach ticket. Maybe it was a full economy fare or something. But I got the chance to ride again on the forward part of the cabin and experience one of the best services ever. I was actually going to KIX, but wanted to fly this route, try EVA, then try Cathay Pacific to KIX, so I picked the route, the airline and the aircraft. It really was worth it. The plane had a US registration at that time.

Jul. 27, 2000 747/400 UNITED> ORD-FRA/ Registration: N182UA

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Long time for me without flying a 747 from a US airline. Also, although I particularly never liked the grey UA livery, I found it fitted very well on 747's.

Jul. 29, 2001 747/400 AIR FRANCE> CDG-ATL/ Registration: F-GISD

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First time, and I feared it was going to be the last one, to fly a 747 into my then home airport, ATL. I was thrilled by the idea, and enjoyed every minute of it, especially since I was scheduled to fly DL, but I missed my connection and they put me for good on this AF.

Feb. 24, 2002 747/400 LUFTHANSA> FRA-IAD/ Registration: D-ABTB

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I had a long story of LH flights. I had flown by this date every single aircraft type of the German airline... but never a 747. So here I finally got it. I was so excited I even bought a 1/200 scale model of the airplane once I got to IAD (at the now gone Aircraft Superstore). I found LH 747's especially neat, with all this white painting always gloss and looking like new.

Aug. 2, 2003 747/400 LUFTHANSA> IAD-FRA/ Registration: D-ABVX

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This was an unexpected award travel with UA. Because of a huge storm, I missed a connection to Europe the day before via BWI and KEF. I couldn't take the same flight the next day, because it was getting me too late to my final destination, BCN. So I called UA. Since I was going to end up in the Washington area after arriving in BWI, I looked for flights out of IAD. They offered me this option, taking away all my mileage balance (around 80,000) for a C-class ticket. Although it was an already flown route for me, I really enjoyed it, of course, because I was flying Business  Wink/being sarcastic

Sep. 2, 2003 747/400 LUFTHANSA> LAX-FRA/ Registration: D-ABVO

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After having flown so many routes to Europe from the US East Coast, I decided to switch to the West Coast, to decorate a little bit my route map. LAX was a good staring point, and flying from there to FRA was superb. The flight was fully booked, but I had one of the best seats in coach class, right before one of the exit doors. It was like flying Business class! I got to FRA really rested.

Feb. 12, 2004 747/400 BRITISH AIRWAYS> LAX-LHR/ Registration: G-CIVV

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One of the flights as a result of my new policy of going to Europe from the West Coast. And the route was a classic one! I tried to book on Air New Zealand, American, United and Virgin for this flight, but they were too expensive or the times were not convenient, so I went with British Airways, always a sure bet. As expected, full flight.

This is the only one I couldn't ever do, and the one I would have liked the most. My favorite airline and my favorite aircraft together:

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Maybe in my next life... and in Viasa's next life too!!

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User currently offlineHirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6022 times:

My first 747-flight was from Miami to Frankfurt on a LH 747-200. Must have been in 1984 and it was my 2nd flight ever and the 1st during night.
The 2nd one was from Frankfurt to JFK in 1987 on LH 747-200 as well. The 3rd was the return flight to Frankfurt. I did both trips on the flight deck.
The 4th and 5th were Frankfurt to Rio de Janeiro and back in 1988 on LH 747-200.I did both trips on the flight deck.
6th and 7th trip was in 1988 From Frankfurt to Chicago and back on LH 747-200, on the flight deck as well.
No. 8 and 9 were Frankfurt to San Francisco and back on LH 747-200 on the flight deck. This was in 1989 shortly after the big eathqake.
In 1991 I did trips no 10,11,12,and 13 from Frankfurt to Los Angeles and back two times. All flights on LH 747-200 in Business Class.
No 14 was from Frankfurt to Chicago on UA 747-400 in 2001 shortly after the terror attacks on 9/11. Economy-class was nearly empty,cool, there were more FAs than pax on this flight.
No 15 was Frankfurt to Miami on a LH 747-200, shortly before retirement of LHs 747-200(pax). I remember that the day of departure was when the US started the last war against Iraq. Nevertheless the flight was packed.
No 16 was AF 747-400 JFK to Paris de Gaulle on April this year. That one was a pretty short run.

Hope I didn`t forget any trips.

User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6022 times:

How can a 747 flight not be memorable?

The flight that tops my list is VS009 Virgin Atlantic 747-400 G-VTOP in March of 2001. That was when I started to get into civil aviation. I remember walking on board being so excited, thinking "This is a 747." I loved every second of that flight.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Perhaps one day I should tell my parents that I did not really want to go to London, but rather I just wanted to fly on a Virgin 744.


"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineVtdl From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6010 times:

OK. My most memorable 747 flight was on Korean Air in 1985 going from LA to Seoul. At 2am, we landed in Anchorage and rushed off the plane. Passengers were sleeping on the floor all over the terminal. Half an hour later, another Korean 747 arrived from New York. Then, both planes took off after one another and headed to Seoul.

Then, I remembered this was the same route that a Korean 747 was shot down by a Soviet fighter not too long ago. The excuse was the 747 flew off course into Soviet air space. At least, it was comforting that Korean Air is making effort to avoid the similar mistake, but it was also nervous to know we were on the same course where a plane was shot down.


User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 7154 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6015 times:

Haven't flown many 747s

742 AF CDG-JFK-CDG May 1988
742 MH LHR-FRA-DXB-KUL-DXB-AMS-LHR Sept 1989//Feb 1990
744 CX MAN-FRA-HKG-FRA-MAN Dec 1990/Jan 1991
743 KL AMS-JFK-AMS Dec 1998//Jan 1999

Most memorable, getting a jump seat at various points on a CX 744 MAN-Frankfurt-HKG and seeing the landing in HKG from the cockpit. Amazing to come out of the clouds to see hills ahead, and the runway way to the right, then the sharp right turn and what looks like a very short runway.

Also the lack of "attitude awareness". I thought we were horizontal until I looked at the instruments to see we were in a descent and turning right. We were in and out of cloud so there was no horizon or ground to help.


wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5988 times:

BA 747, Aug 1990. HRE-LHR Baby born across the aisle from me.
SAA747, Mid 1970's LHR-JNB. Diverted to pick up peopel fleeing Angolan civil war and an incident happened with my mum's dress.
These two are on trip report section with a full write up.

I've made too many 747 flights to remember, but seeing the deserts of Oman, Greenland's glaciers, sunrise over the Pacific and sweeping into HKG's Kai Tak are all highlights for me.

User currently offlineAeroFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1538 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5984 times:

My first flight on a 747- PA JFKSFO 1985. Don't remember the series. Just know it was a great flight

Now any flight on VS' 744s as long as it is in Upper Class

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