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If You Could Travel Back In Aviation Time?  
User currently offlineKDTWFlyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 836 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4344 times:

If you could travel back to any point of time in the existence of powered flight, where and when would you go? What would you try to experience for sure? For me going on a 747-100 domestically would top the list.

Also, seeing the launch of Apollo 11 in July, 1969 would be ideal.

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User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4401 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4324 times:

I would stop Avianca from giving those bonds out in 1998...thats when all the crisis started. I would also stop DL from signing that ridicoulous contract with their pilots...

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4323 times:

A perfect thread for Scotty and his famous time machine......

You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4318 times:

Are we allowed to bring stuff back in time with us?

If not I'd just go back to Kitty hawk and beat the crap out of the Wright brothers and take the flight myself, giving my name to start of aviation. Then Pa can have "birthplace of aviation" on it's lisence plates instead of ohio.  Smile

American Aviation: From Kitty Hawk to the Moon in 66 years!
User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4316 times:

It would be to fly on B707 in the height of its era, and would love to fly a BAC 1-11 and a constellation. The luxuriousness of flying, not to be like that anymore.

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4315 times:

I would love to have been able to fly some of the Empire flying boat and Pan Am Clipper routes, back in the 30's - taking 2 weeks to get from London to Joburg, or to Sydney - bedrooms on board, stewards making afternoon tea, stopping overnight in Khartoum - fabe !!

Or better yet (political DEEP incorrectness aside) taking the Hindenburg from Berlin to New York, or the round-the-world trip. Wow.

Also I'd like to have flown on a Stratocruiser, and the first 747's with 8-abreast coach seating and a piano bar upstairs.

User currently offlineN808NW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4314 times:

I wish I could go back to the days when you could travel a cross the pond on a DC-10, and then fly across the U.S in a DC-9............ oh wait, I can still do this with NW.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


All flights have great IFE...get yourself a window seat, thats something no PTV can beat! flew 808 Pacific an Atlanic
User currently offlineConvair990 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 4300 times:

Hmmm...I think my username will give away my fantasy if it was possible, but here goes......fly segments across the U.S. on both the 990 and 880.

Having been able to take a short to medium range segment in the original 727-100's would of been awesome as well.

The University of Georgia Bulldogs are girlie men!!
User currently offlineFoxiboy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 208 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 9 hours ago) and read 4287 times:

Island hopping in the pacific on PA clipper having to overnight on tropical islands , or around the world on B.O.A.C VC10s

User currently offlineJetMechMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 380 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 9 hours ago) and read 4284 times:

I would go back to 1947, so I could witness the 2nd "golden age". As for Apollo 11, been there done that. Growing in 30 miles south of KSC, I got to see every manned Space Flight up to the first flight of Columbia. And I got to see them close up. I don't remember the Mercury flights, I was to young, but my parents took me to the beach when they went off. I do remember the Apollos very well. Nothing, and I mean nothing is as impressive as a Saturn V.
Nothing that I have ever seen, anyway. You could feel it thumping you in the chest from miles away. They used to take us up to the Cape in school buss to see it. What a field trip. I am glad I was able to witness it.
But as for 1947 I would have liked to been at Muroc Dry Lake to see Yeager go through the sound barrier. I would have also liked to have flown in a Connie.

"I get along great with nobody"~ Billy Idol
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4402 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

I would go back to 1965, fly Caravelle, DC-8, Comet, VC-10, Vanguard, Trident, Convair 880/990, DC-6, DC-7, Super Constellation, Tu-104, Viscount, Heron, Herald etc and spot a few days at Heathrow, Amsterdam, New York... Oh and when I'm back there anyway I would like to see Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald perform life  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months ago) and read 4270 times:

1909-fly a bleroit with nothing more than my crappy fligth sim skills  Big thumbs up

or 1973-747-100's,the early days of concorde,and trijets.oh,and no obese people taking up half ur seat or people who cant be off their cell for 10 seconds

Snakes on a Plane!
User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4264 times:

Might sound silly, but if I could travel back in aviation time I would like to see DeHavilland solve the pressurisation problems with the Comets before they entered service. If that happened, I wonder if Comets might have outsold the 707s?

MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4254 times:

I'd love to go back to 88-92. DFW got NW Orient 747 Mexicana 727 Braniff 742/SP AA 747SP etc..

Go big or go home
User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4401 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4247 times:

I would also retire that piece of metal from the runway at CDG that made the Concorde crash. I would get the terrorists at the airports in Septemer 11, 2001 before they boarded...

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