CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2589 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3500 times:
My dad starting working for the original Braniff Airlines in 1957. My dad currently works for America West. I non-reved all over the world as an "airline brat". My wife worked for Frontier and American. My sister worked for Air Midwest and Braniff. Her husband worked for United.
I live in the Air Capital of the World.
Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
JHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3467 times:
I grew up next to the heliport in Sisimiut (Danish name: Holsteinborg). My older sister and brother (I'm the youngest of three) did not dare to go to the heliport on their own, so I lead the small group of fascinated children, because I was too amazed by the big Sikorsky S-61N helicopters
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Look at me, I´m riding high, I´m the airbornmaster of the sky...
Delta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3467 times:
I was always into cars and things that went fast. Airplanes went fast so I naturally liked them. My interest really picked up when I went on the first flight I can remember from MCO-NAS on a Delta Boeing 727-200.
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3458 times:
- Being around 10 reading my grandad's 1946 and 1947 edition of aviation magazine Rozlet
- Making few short flights with CSA Tu-134s between PRG and SXF back in the eighties. I still have the ticket: 120 CZK one-way
- Visits to the PRG airport when I was little - the addictive smell of kerosene in the air and the incredible NOISE of Russian jests were just so much fun!
LimaFoxTango From Antigua and Barbuda, joined Jun 2004, 871 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3454 times:
Well my dad works for Texaco who does the aircraft refueling in ANU, so practically every day since I was 5 or so, I was at his office watching planes. That got me hooked and now I have my PPL with MEA Middle East Airlines (Lebanon)">ME rating going for IR rating and CPL.
You are said to be a good pilot when your take-off's equal your landings.
FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4131 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3433 times:
I have no idea. Many of my family members work(ed) for United, so I had a rather large influence. I have a picture of myself chewing on an inflatable UA747 when I was 1, so that should give you some idea.
Pilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3379 times:
I grew up in Saudi bc of my dad's work. At the time we flew a LOT. I grew up jumpseating on Saudia A300s, Tristars, 747-200 + -300 and also jumpseated on Turkish 727s, A310-304s and 737-400. I was allowd into the cockpit bc apparently i had plump red cheecks and all....it started from there....100s of hours in the jumpseat in and out of Europe, Riyadh, Adana, and Istanbul and now i'm here, almost F/O on a 737 soon i hope.
The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
OB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3677 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3379 times:
I came to like aviation growing up under the approach path to OPF's Runway 9L. That's where my house is, but the two apartments that I'd lived in before that when I was a couple of months old were underneath the approach paths to the 27s at MIA and underneath the downwind path to the 9ers at MIA. Back when UPS had operations at OPF I'd love to see their 747 fly over my house. Ah, the good ol' days...
At least I still get some USCG C-130s, a good selection of helicopters from the Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami-Dade Fire Department, and the United States Coast Guard, along with a great variety of GA traffic, and I got to see the majority of AirTran's DC-9 fleet on their final flights into OPF to be scrapped, and we get some Russian aircraft courtesy of AD, along with a gaggle of aircraft coming in to be scrapped. And there are tons of retro aircraft! So I guess being exposed to so many airplanes got me hooked on them.
Luis777 From Mexico, joined Aug 2004, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3372 times:
I began when I was 7-8 years old because my grandfather used to read Newsweek magazine, on that time Newsweek had several announcements of Lufthansa, KLM, Air France and American Airlines, the pictures were so good that I got realized that there are many planes so diferent (e.g. diferent tails, diferent number of engines, and diferent colors!!) so I got in love with airplanes and airlines, later I asked to my father that I would like to visit my local airport (MEX) and from then all is history
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 41
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3359 times:
I was so young when my passion for aviation started that I can't even remember how old I was or when it began!
My grandparents made an audio cassette of me, many, many years ago when I was around 5 years old (which they gave me a few years ago, much to my embarrassment! ). They lived (and still do) not too far from LHR and whilst staying with them for a few days we had visited LHR. On the tape they were asking me the names of the big aircraft we had seen and there I am in my high-pitched voice "TriStar.....errm.....DC-10.....Airbus" and my grandparents saying "noooo, what were those REALLY big ones we saw??". Eventually I came out with the correct answer "oh you mean 747's" I squeaked.
I can't even remember making this tape, but by all accounts I had already been interested in aircraft for a while. Guess its in my blood.......
Vatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3337 times:
Every summer in the late '70s and early '80s (and a couple of Decembers, too) my family would climb in the car at 4am, drive to Byrd Airport (today Richmond International) and get on a Piedmont jet bound for Denver (by way of Charlotte, usually, but occasionally we connected in some really out-of-the-way places.)
Flying became associated with going to visit Grandma. Therefore, flying was automatically a Good Thing. Especially since it precluded a road trip with Dad, who is the world's worst person to take a road trip with. Virginia to Colorado took us 4 days in the car, 12 hours in a plane (connecting time and driving time to Byrd and Stapleton included).
Since then my love of blasting through the air in a pressurized metal tube has never waned.
Md11lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3339 times:
My first flight did it for me too. I clearly remember the exact moment that got me hooked. It was during take off. I just felt so overwhelmed with the power of the 732. I was 2 yrs old at the time, and i was flying from SAP to MIA.