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First Flight Of Your Life?  
User currently offlineQM001 From Portugal, joined Mar 2004, 282 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4911 times:

Hi all,

Something that has always intrigued me is how many of us remember our first flights as though they were yesterday.

My first flight was an RH flight from HRE-BUQ when I was three. I don't remember that one very well, but the first memorable one was TP from JNB-FIH-LIS on the Tristar 500  Smile

I would love to know anyone elses who want to share  Smile

Brgds,

QM001


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User currently offlineSpokemd From United States of America, joined May 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4893 times:

My first flight was on Air France Chicago to Paris non-stop in the 1978.


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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4894 times:

My first flight was also when I was three years old. Surinam Airways DC-8-55 PBM-MIA-PBM.

It was on this aircraft:

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User currently offlineForce13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4870 times:

First flight was when I was an infant on Piedmont.

First one I remembered was ROC-BOS-PWM-BOS-ROC.

DC-9 ROC-BOS, BOS-ROC, USAir
MD-80 BOS-PWM, USAir
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User currently offlineBostonBeau From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 464 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4870 times:

My first flight was when I was about 12 on an EAL DC-6 between Newark and Boston in the 1950s. I remember the day well, taking the PATH train from Manhattan to Newark Penn Station, then a bus to the airport (the old "North Terminal" made famous by People Express). There had been a massive power failure that morning affecting the terminal, and there were lots of problems and PA announcements. The best thing I remember is that the flight cost $6. Today I am not sure $6 would buy you a beer on that route  Smile

User currently offlineBostonBeau From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 464 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4870 times:

My first flight was when I was about 12 on an EAL DC-6 between Newark and Boston in the 1950s. I remember the day well, taking the PATH train from Manhattan to Newark Penn Station, then a bus to the airport (the old "North Terminal" made famous by People Express). There had been a massive power failure that morning affecting the terminal, and there were lots of problems and PA announcements. The best thing I remember is that the flight cost $6. Today I am not sure $6 would buy you a beer on that route  Smile

User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10582 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4870 times:

Are we talking about commercial or any flight at all? My first flight was a Piper J-3 on floats out of Crane Lake, Minnesota.........my first commercial flight was on an AA 707 out of ORD to LAX.....probably about 1960 or so.


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User currently offlineMidcon385 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4830 times:

My first flight ever was a helicopter flight when I was about six. First commercial flight was a USAir B732 from MDT to CLT.

Tim



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User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3129 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4830 times:

My first flight was when I was 7... in 1993. Moscow-Shannon-Chicago-O'Hare on an Aeroflot IL-62 in business class. It was amazing.

'902



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User currently onlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2780 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4829 times:



Quoting Kappel (Reply 2):
My first flight was also when I was three years old. Surinam Airways DC-8-55 PBM-MIA-PBM. It was on this aircraft:

Woaw! At the age of three years you were able to write down the registration?  duck 
My first flight was in 1978 on a THY DC 10 from FRA to IST.

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User currently offlineKubus From Poland, joined Dec 2005, 183 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4812 times:

My first flight was in 1983 on LO AN-24 from WAW to OSZ (Koszalin).
First international flight was on DL metal - WAW-PRG-FRA on 727, then FRA-CIN on L1011 and then CIN-PIT on MD80 (I think) in 93.


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4790 times:

I was about 8 months old when I first flew. ATL-FLL and back in '89 on Eastern Air Lines. My parents were taking me down to see my grandparents for the first time. Pop Pop (my grand dad) was still in the Navy and wasn't in the area at the time.

My parents don't know what type of a/c it was but this was in June of '89.



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User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4787 times:

I was 3 and I was going to Corfu from MAN on a now extinct Air 2000 on a 757. I remember it soooo clearly even though it was a decade ago.


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User currently offlineBeechnut From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 727 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4787 times:

First AIRCRAFT flight was a Hughes 300 chopper in 1968. First AIRLINER flight was a Vickers Viscount in 1969. Air Canada, YUL-YOW. Return flight was my first JET flight, DC-9.

Oh, and not sure if this counts but I also rode (flew?) on a SRN6 hovercraft in 1967 at Expo 67 in Montreal.

Beech


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15809 posts, RR: 27
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4774 times:

My first flight was when I was two weeks old. I flew from Aberdeen, SD to MSP on a Mesaba F-27 and then on to STL on a NW DC-9. My first widebody flight was when I was about a year old on a TWA L-1011 from STL to MCO.


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User currently offlineGolftango From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4738 times:



Quoting N14AZ (Reply 9):
Woaw! At the age of three years you were able to write down the registration? duck
My first flight was in 1978 on a THY DC 10 from FRA to IST.

My thoughts exactly! How do you recall equipment and reg numbers from when you were three? LOL. I've been flying since I was only a few months old, so who knows what the carriers/aircraft were. I can tell you that I had many fights from the west coast to the east and back at least twice a year. I can remember flying on some of the first 57/67 services on UA and TW from LAX. Many DC10 trips between BOS and ORD then to LAX or ONT. My first and only 747 flights on the PeopleExpress 742 service from LAX to EWR and back. Sprinkle some quick trips from ONT to DEN (Stapleton) on UA express BaE146s. I also remember a flight on a Sunaire Metroliner from ONT to LAX then YUM and back. My only PanAm experience was on BDL-BOS-MIA-MYGF. The 15 minute 727 service from MIA to MYGF was quite interesting, I don't even think we went over FL120.

The early/mid 80s experience at ONT was awesome for a aviation nut. Open gates, no jetways and a terminal with scale model aircraft. Ah, the memories.

My most memorial flights were my first trans-Atlantic ones. Oct 1998, AA MD11, N1461C from ORD to LHR. The return leg was on a 762, N316AA.


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9097 posts, RR: 76
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4706 times:
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I was 14 years old: HAM-TUN on a TU 732.... Good old times  cloudnine 

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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19243 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4705 times:

I have absolutely no idea!


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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9097 posts, RR: 76
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4698 times:
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Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 17):
I have absolutely no idea!

What is the first flight you can actually remember? You cannot remember anything?  old  Big grin

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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19243 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4693 times:

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 18):
What is the first flight you can actually remember?


All my memories of my early flights are bundled together: I barely remember anything more specific than that. I recall walking across the aprons at EXT and BRS to board Britiannia 752s, Airtours 320s, some Spanish M80s, etc, in the early 1990s.

[Edited 2009-09-15 10:51:42]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1080 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4689 times:

I never flew anywhere when I was a kid; my family always took road trips for our vacations as my parents considered flying "too expensive." I didn't take my first flight until I was 23 years old, only 6 years ago. It was RDU-ORD on an Air Wisconsin/ United Express BAe 146, where I where I connected to a UA 757 to SEA. I remember being amazed that I was in Chicago after only 2 hours, when it took us over a day of driving to get there (with a stop at a motel in the middle).

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4687 times:

Mini me in the picture, just before my very first flight HEL-JYV in 1976   I think the plane in the picture is DC-9-51, would do you think?

My first long haul was an AY charter HEL-YVR in 1978 on DC-8, oh boy that was exiting...

Mini me


[Edited 2009-09-15 10:59:46]

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11686 posts, RR: 60
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4678 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 19):
All my memories of my early flights are bundled together: I barely remember anything more specific than that. I recall walking across the aprons at EXT and BRS to board Britiannia 752s, Airtours 320s, some Spanish M80s, etc, in the early 1990s

Likewise, along with LTN, LGW and BHX. In fact I never remembered anything about flying from EXT - compared with PLH, NQY and BRS, which I have flown from extensively, it was always the 'oddball' which I'd never passed through by air... until recently when my family were looking to get to MAH and I mentioned that it would be good to fly from Exeter as I'd not used it before, upon which I was told that I had, and that it had been a dreadful flight on Futura Airlines. A new airline and new airport which I'd never known about - I should talk to my family more about flying  silly 

My actual first flight was onboard an Air Malta B720 from LHR to MLA. I don't remember the flight and I dont remember the two week holiday over Christmas, but I was only 11 months old, so it's not really a surprise.


Dan  Smile



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19243 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4672 times:



Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 22):
Air Malta B720 from LHR to MLA.

What a surprise about the aircraft! lol.  Wink



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User currently offlineCodyKDiamond From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 537 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4655 times:

This is a great discussion!

My first flight was COA1610 MIA-GSO-DCA on 01JUL95 at one day short of six months old on N69351. I guess at that time I never knew how much I would value a flight on a CO 733 with them going this year! I am so happy I was able to get the reg. from BTS.org.


25 Post contains links and images UltimateDelta : Mine was Midwest Express flt. 58, OMA-DCA on 6.9.95 on N209ME View Large View MediumPhoto © Peter Tsagaris - CYOW Airport Watch
26 Planeguy727 : I was 8 months old - JL BEY-Ankara (part of complex routing that ended in MIA). June 1973. My first really memorable flight was a TWA flight ATH-FCO-B
27 N49WA : First flight, 1962 New York to Los Angeles, AA 707-123. Have hazy memories but that may just be my imagination. First really remembered flight, 1971 L
28 Clemsonaj : US flight 1690 TRI-CLT on a Fokker 100 (N892US). Connected headed to LAX on an A321 (N166UW) as part of a concert choir tour with E&H College.
29 DeltAirlines : USAir on LGA-BTV on a BAC-111 as an infant.
30 Vhqpa : My first flight was in 1989 when I was 18 months old. It was DRW-ADL booked on AN however this was during the pilots dispute when several foreign airc
31 YVRLTN : First flight was a British Airtours L1011 Tristar (not sure what marque) in 1987 LGW - NAP. We took a BIA MD83 on the same route a year later, but the
32 DesertFlyer : My was at the age of 9 (1997) when I flew OAK-BUR on a WN 733. I was really excited and I'll never forget breaking above the fog layer and seeing the
33 CXB77L : My first was at the age of 9 in 1990, HKG-SIN-PER on SQ in B743 and B742.
34 Ojas : My first flight was on 28th June 1984 as an infant on Air India flight AI 874 on a 3 hour flight from Doha to Mumbai (DOH - BOM). The aircraft was eit
35 Cgnnrw : I was 16 when I took my first flight. August 1, 1982 PHL-FRA on a LH DC-10. I remember I was totally flabergasted when I boarded and saw it had TWO ai
36 DC10Widebody : Mine was when I was 4, October 1986 ANC-SEA on Alaska Airlines...I believe it was a 727 when my family moved from ANC to SEA. I remember being freaked
37 Post contains images Viscount724 : My first flight was at age 8 on an AC (then Trans-Canada Air Lines) Vickers Viscount 724 (thus my User ID) from Edmonton (YXD airport near the city ce
38 FighterPilot : All I know about mine was it was from YQT-YYZ and it was on AC. If anyone knows what type of A/C AC was using on that route about 18-19 years ago plea
39 AGRflyer : Oh, my first flight was on a SR A310-300 from ZRH to MUC in October 1987 with a full breakfast on board. I could not sleep the night before the flight
40 DYflyer : My first flight was from OSL (or GEN as it was back then) to LCA. It was with Scanair, and i think it was an A300 one way and a DC8 the other
41 ElBandGeek : My first flight was in 1992 when I was 3. MDW-MCO on a UA 733 (at least I think, it may have been a 732 or 735, I'm not sure)
42 Gr09 : My very first flight was some 15 years ago with L-13 Blanik (wire launched) with my instructor. It was just amazing although very short! My first flig
43 WESTERN737800 : My first flight was on a Western 732 PIR (Pierre, SD)-FSD-MSP. I was less than a year old.
44 CGKings317 : I believe my first flight was from MSP to DEN-Stapelton back in the early 1990s. THe purpose of that trip was to ski. Since I was 4-6 years old, I rem
45 LipeGIG : My first flight was a Transbrasil B734 flying GIG-CGH.
46 Ag92 : Dont know, but I am told it was Singapore - Australia when I was only a few months old, and ever since that flight... well my dream of flying was crea
47 Pdxtriple7 : My first flight was around 8 days old, PDX-DEN on UA for my mom's 20th high school reunion. I don't remember it.
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