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1st Airplane Flight And Aircraft Type  
User currently offlineCarsAir04 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 162 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4708 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.

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User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 213 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4684 times:

2-4-2 Seating could be an Airbus A300

User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4679 times:

It was a nonstop?

If so, offhand guess is a DC-10, probably Western or Northwest. I'll check on the times.


User currently offlineCarsAir04 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 162 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4664 times:

Quoting timz (Reply 2):
It was a nonstop?

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.


User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7970 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4664 times:

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?



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User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4593 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4651 times:

You will find your answer here:

http://www.departedflights.com/LAX79p4.html


User currently offlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 6132 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4651 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?

Probably a DC-10...when they were first put into service they had a 2-4-2 configuration.



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User currently offlineCarsAir04 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 162 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4637 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.


User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7970 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4637 times:

Quoting United1 (Reply 6):
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?

Probably a DC-10...when they were first put into service they had a 2-4-2 configuration.

That's what my guess would be. I don't think any airline at the time operated A300s domestic



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User currently offlineCarsAir04 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 162 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4624 times:

Quoting N62NA (Reply 5):
You will find your answer here:

http://www.departedflights.com/LAX79....html

Thanks! that is great info. I know it wasn't a 747, so the flight must have been the DC10, though the time isn't as late, maybe a delay but i would not remember that.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26005 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 4569 times:

[quote=United1,reply=6]Probably a DC-10...when they were first put into service they had a 2-4-2 configuration.
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By 1979 I think most, if not all, early 2-4-2 DC-10s had been converted to 2-5-2.


User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1872 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4549 times:
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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


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User currently onlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4517 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.



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