AirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4806 times:
I am interested to read what flights has everyone flown. I hope others will not be offended (i.e. "show-off" offense). My purpose is hobby-related-----I enjoy reading old timetables, flight guides and see what airline, what aircraft are flown on certain routes. I am also collecting data on flights that are not listed anywhere like charter flights, refugee/relief flights, hajj flights, military charters, head of state/entourage flights, Antarctic flights, etc.
The basic data that I would like to hear are: name of the airline, the flight routing (will appreciate the entire route of your flight number even if you only flown one segment of it) and the specific type of aircraft and the year or decade. You can add any memorable experiences you've had during that flight. For those who have flown countless times----just the ones that sound exotic, memorable or those flights not listed in timetables or flight guides will be appreciated.
I will try to repost this thread once a year for new members and for everyone who keeps adding data into their flight logbook.
To start, here are the ones I can remember:
PA Pan Am 747-100 Manila - Saigon 1975 my very first flight----Economy was First Class service and people dressed up to fly!
PA Pan Am 747-100 Saigon - Manila return flight. I saw SQ 737-100, TG DC833, VN 707-320C, VN DC6B, VN DC3, CX 707-320C, another 747 by AF,
(2) Flying Tigers DC8-63F (doing relief flights to Phnom Penh), Bird Air DC6F---all parked at Tan Son Nhut Airport in SGN
These PA flights were extensions of PA flight 841 SFO-HNL-GUM-MNL continuing to SGN
PR Philippine BAC-111-500 Legazpi - Manila 1984 Breathtaking view of the world famous perfect cone Mayon Volcano after take-off. The plane semi-circled the volcano showing its narrow crater!!!
JL Japan DC863 Manila - Tokyo Narita 1983
IR IranAir 707-320C Tokyo - Peking - Tehran 1983 --- my worst turbulence experience ever in my life when plane was over the Himalayas! Return flight to Tokyo was the same airline and aircraft. I saw PK 707, CA (CAAC livery) 747SP, CA IL-62, CA Trident, CA 707, CA IL-14, CA IL-18 at Peking's Capital Airport. The only 2 international airlines at PEK at that time were our IR and PK.
JL Japan 747-200 Tokyo - HongKong 1983 my first and only checkerboard approach into KaiTak. People get scared with that sudden jolt and turn when the plane is very close to the ground!
ArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3436 posts, RR: 16 Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4773 times:
Standard airline stuff so far, but the most interesting was a flight from Belize City to San Pedro in a Tropic Air Cessna Caravan. I was in the right seat and before we took off he said "If anything happens to me, push these (the throttles) all the way up." I said "Ok."
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4767 times:
UA, ORD-LGA, Nov 2001 - I was sitting on the left side of a B727 on final approach to LGA when I looked out the window saw the World Trade Center missing for the first time. I could even see a little bit of smoke from its remainder. My gf at the time was sitting next to me and could not say a word. Most passengers looked awestruck and undoubtedly saddened and there was a slight eerie feeling all throughout the plane after landing. It was as if we were all blessed to be alive. I'll never forget that.
UA, ORD-LGA, Aug 2001 - I reversed the chronology intentionally... because two months earlier, once again in a B727 and again sitting on the left side on final approach to LGA with my then gf sitting next to me, we had just talked about how beautiful the WTC and the Empire State Building were and how majestic Manhattan looked at night with all its surrounding buildings... seen from the air. It was her first time at NYC at the time and could not believe Manhattan's densely populated set-up. Passengers, most of them appearing to be New Yorkers, were talking during approach and seemingly could not wait to get home.
UA, ORD-LAS, many times - The approach to LAS never ceases to amaze me... initially complete darkness and then out of nowhere here come the lights! First the Stratosphere's sheer colorful height and then The Luxor's super high beam pointed straight upward... and then the rest of the lights with every hotel recognizeable even from way up in the air. Along the same lines, taking off westbound in the daytime over Bryce Canyon is also a magnificent sight.
UA, ORD-HKG, April 2002 - I have flown this route a few times in the past... and the sights while flying over Alaska/Bering Strait/Polar Region always capture my attention. I love it when my eyes can't seperate clouds from horizon, where it's white all around and instead of boats floating on water it's broken glaciers. It's a good almost-halfway break from the long 16.5 hour flight.
Cebu Pacific, MNL-ZAM, Dec. 03 - Zamboanga is a tiny province further south of Manila and about an hour and a half flight away. En route was normal as usual but the approach was incredible! We seemingly made many turns left and right at fairly low altitudes to avoid the mountains... and when we finally turned to final (looking out the window and almost completely turning my head around) I could actually see our flight path from the soft trails we emitted. It was like going through a labyrinth of green hills and mountains executed with precision. It was awesome!
Seair, Manila-Boracay, June 2004 - All throughout the flight we never flew any higher than 9,000ft so we could pretty much see everything below us... all the beautiful islands and peaceful waters with huge ships next to tiny boats not too far away from their fishing nets. And then during descent you can actually see the island and the hotels and the tricycles, etc. It was a rather windy day so it was twice the fun! Beautiful sights all around!
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!