CarsAir04 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 162 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5406 times:
I am thinking back to my first flight on an airplane and trying to determine the type of aircraft it may have been. The flight was from MSP-LAX in July of 1979. The flight was a night flight that got into LAX around midnight. I know the aircraft seemed to have a 2-4-2 seating or something like that as I remember sleeping across a bunch of empty seats. I would not even remember the airline that I flew.
I do know this seems to be my first interest in airplanes. I remember grabbing the time table guide that the airport had in a magazine type rack all across the airport.
Would anyone have a clues to help me try and figure out the aircraft type and possibly even the airline. I know I can't be for certain, but I can try. And I am sure it may have been done already, but its always fun to hear those 1st time flying stories.
Yes it was a nonstop. I remember by brother and I just bothering the heck out of the flight attendants to know where we were flying over, but of course it was dark. I do remember going putt-putt golfing around 1am, so we had to of landing in the 10-midnight range.
CarsAir04 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 162 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5335 times:
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 4): Quoting Ideekay (Reply 1):
2-4-2 Seating could be an Airbus A300
But it was MSP-LAX....could it have been a DC 10?
I am assuming on the seat, but i know it was 2 - ? - 2. The middle could have been 5 seats also. I keep thinking in my head it was a DC-something, but at the time I wasn't too concerned about the aircraft and more excited to be flying for the first time.
NorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5247 times:
Not to throw a monkey wrench into the works, but would the DC-10 have been back in service by July of 79? I cant remember when the Chicago crash was that year, i just seem to recall that the entire DC-10 fleet was grounded by the FAA following that crash
I'd rather be one of the worst and Dumbest than the best and brightest....life's so much more stress free that way
Tigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1067 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5215 times:
Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 11): Not to throw a monkey wrench into the works, but would the DC-10 have been back in service by July of 79? I cant remember when the Chicago crash was that year, i just seem to recall that the entire DC-10 fleet was grounded by the FAA following that crash
American 191 happened on May 25. The planes were grounded on June 6. According to DC-10 Grounding 1979 (by B741 Feb 26 2004 in Civil Aviation) it returned to service on July 13.
Flying friendly for a while, but is that a widget I see in the rear-view mirror?