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Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?  
User currently offlineMountainFlyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 476 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6980 times:

Perhaps this has been done before, but a search didn't yield any recent results. I'm just curious, what's the rarest airliner you've flown on broken down by model?

Being a millennial, I didn't have the opportunity to fly on any exceedingly rare airliners of the mid-20th century unfortunately, however, I have had the opportunity to fly on some relatively rare (compared to their more successful models) aircraft models.

767-400ER - only 38 ever built
737-900 (non-ER) - only 52 ever built
757-300 - only 55 ever built

Oddly, because of the new UA and new DL, flying on one of these models isn't all that rare in the US, especially on certain routes.

The rarest aircraft I have ever been on (although not flown) is a Beech Starship. One of the only four flying ones called my home airport home, an I was able to sit in cockpit of it thanks the generosity of the owner.


SA-227; B1900; Q200; Q400; CRJ-2,7,9; 717; 727-2; 737-3,4,5,7,8,9; 747-2; 757-2,3; 767-3,4; MD-90; A319, 320; DC-9; DC-1
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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6530 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6982 times:

I have flown on DL 764ERs before when they were in domestic configuration, first in 2003 on MCO-ATL, then twice in 2005 on ATL-TPA and back, and then in 2006 on SLC-ATL. I one day like to fly an international route on one.


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User currently offlineMountainFlyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6982 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 1):
I have flown on DL 764ERs before when they were in domestic configuration

Same here. My first and only flight on one was a short hop from SLC-SFO (flight continued on to HNL) in March of 2001 when the oldest 764s were less than eight months old. I think I have an old photo buried somewhere that might have the reg. number on it. I was too young and naive at the time to think about keeping track of N numbers.



SA-227; B1900; Q200; Q400; CRJ-2,7,9; 717; 727-2; 737-3,4,5,7,8,9; 747-2; 757-2,3; 767-3,4; MD-90; A319, 320; DC-9; DC-1
User currently onlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4971 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6978 times:

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Vickers Vanguard 952
Those I do remember, and flew on them many times.

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Douglas DC-8-41

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User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6971 times:

Aircraft I've flown that are considered rare by some:

747SP
767-400ER
737-900 (non-ER)
757-300
MD-11
DC-10-10
DC-10-30
Fokker F28
Fokker 100
BAE 146
Beech 1900 C
Jetstream J41
EMB-120
L-1011-1
L-1011-100
L-1011-250
L-1011-500
A-340-300

[Edited 2012-09-10 16:27:49]


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7703 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6954 times:
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JS41
L1011-500



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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7173 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6948 times:

Rarest I can think of is a Grumman Mallard 73T for Chalks Ocean Airways.


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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5571 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6943 times:

Nothing too interesting  

731 (which was rare in 1998!)
764
762 (flew on my first one in 2012, so rare these days)
D10 (flew them a lot in the period 1995-2000, when they were on their way out)

I'm not sure whether J41, 145, ARJ, 345 and 346 are considered rare or not



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22983 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 days ago) and read 6936 times:

I suppose this depends on whether we consider individual variants, like the 753, rare or not. I've flown the 328Jet, and only 83 of those ever saw airline service. The 428Jet was never built. The 328Jet was a fun - and quirky - little airplane.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25291 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6909 times:

My rareties:

DC-8-40 series (R-R Conway engines) (32 built)
DC-8-50F combi (39 built)
DC-8-62 (61 built)
DC-8-63 (47 built, not counting freighters)
DC-8-71 (53 converted from -61)
DC-9-20 (10 built)
DC-10-30CF combi (25 built)
707-320 (JT4A turbojet engines) (69 built)
720 (JT3C turbojet engines) (65 built)
747-300M combi (21 built)
747-400M combi (61 built)
747SP (45 built)
L-1011-500 (50 built)
Convair 880 (65 built)
Super VC-10 (22 built)
Trident 1 (39 built)
Trident 2 (50 built)
Trident 3 (28 built)
Vickers Vanguard (44 built)
Fokker 70 (48 built)
Saab 2000 (63 built)


User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3015 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6900 times:
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737-900 non-ER
747-200SUD
747-400 Combi
767-400ER
777-300 non-ER



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7560 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6877 times:

Quoting MountainFlyer (Thread starter):
767-400ER - only 38 ever built
Quoting MountainFlyer (Thread starter):
757-300 - only 55 ever built
Quoting MountainFlyer (Thread starter):
Oddly, because of the new UA and new DL, flying on one of these models isn't all that rare in the US, especially on certain routes.

Yep I flew on the 764ER and the 753 with DL.

I also flew the 732 with DL before they phased them out, so you can say today it's a rare bird.

I've also flown on the A318 before with AF.



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User currently offlineRwy04LGA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6866 times:

TCA Connie
BEA Vanguard
EA Electra
DL 764
DL 753
PE 731



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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9368 posts, RR: 29
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6851 times:

I could list Tridents, Vanguards, 731, Comet etc as well.

But really rare are 2 -

Canadair CL44 Swingtail total of 4 flights on that one

and

Dassault Mercure - only 10 build - one flight BOD-ORY (could have been CDG as well, not sure)



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User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1950 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6828 times:

I'm surprised more people have not flown on Concorde. I flew on G-BOAE on an airline staff deal for $700. Best money I ever spent.


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User currently offlinejetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6807 times:

747-300
Concorde
VC-10



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User currently offlineMountainFlyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6785 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 8):
I suppose this depends on whether we consider individual variants, like the 753, rare or not. I've flown the 328Jet, and only 83 of those ever saw airline service. The 428Jet was never built. The 328Jet was a fun - and quirky - little airplane.

Good question. I guess when I started the thread I was thinking in terms of total number of planes ever made broken down by model. I broke it down by model because if we say "737" then of course it is not rare, but a 737-100 is very rare considering there were only 30 of them ever made. I was thinking more in terms of total number of aircraft rather than era (a 727 is extremely rare today, but wasn't 20 years ago).

However, this is just a fun thread, and is very subjective. I love hearing about all the different planes people have flown on!  
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):

I'm not sure whether J41, 145, ARJ, 345 and 346 are considered rare or not

I would consider the A345 rare for sure as there were only 32 of them made from what I gather. There were only 97 346s made from what I gather, so also fairly rare in the grand scheme of things.



SA-227; B1900; Q200; Q400; CRJ-2,7,9; 717; 727-2; 737-3,4,5,7,8,9; 747-2; 757-2,3; 767-3,4; MD-90; A319, 320; DC-9; DC-1
User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22983 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6782 times:

Quoting MountainFlyer (Reply 16):
However, this is just a fun thread, and is very subjective. I love hearing about all the different planes people have flown on!

Absolutely agreed. For me, the 753 is just another - albeit longer - 757, so I look more to aircraft like the 328, which is an experience all to itself. Everyone takes a different approach, though, and that's all right.



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User currently onlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6776 times:

Prinair DHH-Heron (Lycoming engines)

Aero Virgin Islands DC-3

Air BVI HS-748


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6762 times:

Well I guess this thread only makes sense if you take into account the year or decade. For example a DC-10 was very easy to fly on until the 90s, but today it is extremely rare and involves a trip to Bangladesh, much harder than the 739s or 764s that some of you mention above for which you can just go on Orbitz and book a day trip to Newark. The other way around, at one point a flight on an A380 was extremely rare when the first photo or press flights took place, but today it is very easy to book yourself on one. So you'll have to include the time, otherwise it makes no sense.

For myself, nothing too spectacular, but I flew on the DC-10 and F-28 in 2011 and on a 727-100 as late as 2001 which is not too bad, and on the FH-27 in 2005, the Fokker 27 built by Fairchild.

Soren   



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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2438 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6756 times:

DC-8-62 (61 built)
720 (154 built)
707-227 (5 built, 4 of which delivered to Braniff, 1 crashed pre-delivery)
747SP (45 built)
Super VC-10 (22 built)
Trident 2 (50 built)
Trident 3 (28 built)
L-188 Electra
Fokker 100 (283 built)



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User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 611 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6742 times:

Offhand, the two rarest airliners I've flown on are the Ilyushin Il-86 with 106 built, and the NAMC YS-11 of which only 82 out of 182 produced were exported out of Japan.
For a variant, its the A345 (34 units manufactured), and I have also flown on KLM's 747 Combi.


Quoting MountainFlyer (Thread starter):
The rarest aircraft I have ever been on (although not flown) is a Beech Starship. One of the only four flying ones called my home airport home, an I was able to sit in cockpit of it thanks the generosity of the owner.

On that measure of ever stepping inside but not flown on, I have Concorde under my wings.   



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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1030 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6723 times:

For me I guess it would be the BAe 146. With 221 built not counting the Avro RJ version it's not *that* rare compared to other planes people are mentioning, but I believe at the time I flew on them in 2003-2004 there weren't many flying in the USA, so they were rare by that standard.

Other than that I don't think I've flown on anything particularly rare, just a bunch of the common 737 models, A320-200, 757-200, RJs, etc...


User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 3072 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6690 times:

Quoting MountainFlyer (Thread starter):
, I have had the opportunity to fly on some relatively rare (compared to their more successful models) aircraft models.

767-400ER - only 38 ever built
737-900 (non-ER) - only 52 ever built
757-300 - only 55 ever built

I disagree with this premise. These three models are just "minor models" (dash numbers) of airplane models that have all sold more than 1000 airplanes. I have trouble calling them rare. They are just derivatives of very popular airline models.

Now the Mercure or 990 was relatively rare.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25291 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6682 times:

Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 14):
I'm surprised more people have not flown on Concorde. I flew on G-BOAE on an airline staff deal for $700. Best money I ever spent.

I forgot Concorde in my list. I also used a BA airline staff discount fare JFK-LHR in July 1989. If memory correct it was $499 (possibly $599).


25 Post contains images MountainFlyer : As I said earlier, this is just a fun, subjective thread, so please don't make it something else. That's fine if you don't consider those rare. I do.
26 AR385 : I would say: B 707-320C B 727-100 B 737-900 NON ER B 747SP B 747-300 DC-8-62 DC-10-15 MD-81 MD-11 Rockwell Sabreliner 40A
27 vhqpa : Lets see. - Boeing 747-300 (81 built) - BAe Jetstream J41 (100 built) - Boeing 717-200 (156 built) And a couple of maybe's - Boeing 747-400ER (6 built
28 RyanairGuru : I'd completely forgotten that one. I guess I just thought of it as another 747-400 of which there are plenty Coupled with feedback, I'll amend my lis
29 saleya22R : Here might be some interesting ones: DC-8-32 DC-8-52 DC-8-62,63 DC-3 DC-4 DC-6B DC-10-10, -30 CV 340, 440 CV 880 CV 990 Trident ? De Havilland Comet 4
30 n5014k : My idea of rarity (USA only): Precision Airlines Dornier 228 Aspen BAe 146 National L-188 PI YS-11 Trans Central YS-11 ASA Dash 7 Ransome Nord 262 Haw
31 ba319-131 : I'm going with the real rare, ie no derivatives. Dassult Mercure, flown back in 1992.
32 Viscount724 : The 707-320C wasn't rare. It was by far the largest-selling 707 model with 337 built, about 1/3 of all 707s. Neither was the 727-100 which accounted
33 Yflyer : I'm going to have to amend my above post, because it totally slipped my mind that I flew on two MD-90s last year. With 116 built that would definatel
34 saleya22R : OK, more like a curiosity for the young generation then! In fact, many of the aircract in my list used to be pretty mainstream equipment in the 60's
35 sweair : I once flew from Brisbane to Cairns on some domestic Australian turboprop thing, looked almost square, must be quite rare? Have been on a 747SP.
36 Post contains links and images FlySSC : The Dassault Mercure 100, for sure !!! Only 12 airframe were built, including 2 prototypes. French domestic airline Air Inter was the sole operator of
37 DeltAirlines : 737-100 here for me is the rarest. Though the 767-400 is pretty rare too (just not for me...I seem to be on a few every month).
38 Viscount724 : BOS-JFK on TWA in 1967. I made at at least a dozen flights on Viscounts, all AC (originally TCA). In fact my very first flight at age 8 or 9 was on a
39 AR385 : So. I am sure you can find hundreds of them today at your local airport waiting to board passengers headed all over the world. Rare is relative.
40 steex : Unfortunately, I've not flown on any particular rare types, so I have to rely on individual models of larger families. In that case, my most rare bird
41 Post contains images longhauler : Yes, but if you look at the OP's first message, he stated the actual number ever built of each type he cites. Not the number of each type currently f
42 PanHAM : Looking at the replies I might add the following: Trident 2 and 3 Vanguard Viscount Comet 4 B Boeing 737-100 Convair 990 (SR HAM-ZRH) The JU 52 does
43 dc9northwest : A318 (77 built) of TAROM and Air France A340-200 (28 built) of Austrian Airlines B737-900 (55 built) of KLM (soon Alaska as well) B757-300 (55 built)
44 Post contains images BeakerLTN : Does flying on a clean AF 77W count??!
45 AF1624 : MD11 F-50 F-27 F-100 A340-300 (not exactly rare but a dying breed)
46 Fabo : By chance, I flew on the 727 - the last one in service in Europe. I call rare on that. Other than that, just mainstream variants of the 737, some A320
47 Post contains links RyanairGuru : Do you mean a Shorts 360 like http://www.airliners.net/photo/Sunst...d=2b5b3599586db49e5fab3615f5a1397e The Shorts 360 was surprisingly successful fo
48 airtrainer : That's right. My humble list so far... DC-10 (2001) 737-200 (2001) 737-600 (2003) MD-87 (2011)
49 rafabullara : Varig Lockheed L188 Electra - 1990
50 Viscount724 : Two more I forgot in my list. I've been on a few AF A318s and one early LH A342 EWR-FRA soon after they put the type into service.
51 neutrino : Anyone here ever travelled on Air Force One (VC-25)? That's certainly rare... two of a kind! Still falls in the category of airliner, - even if operat
52 Post contains images SRQKEF : All aircraft that I've flown and are around or below the 100-mark are here below. Some are less rare, but some of these are out of production so they'
53 Post contains links and images debonair : Hopefully this count as well... I just flew TEN AIRWAYS sole MD82 YR-MDK (btw that's the real name and not Tend Air) View Large View MediumPhoto © Ro
54 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Rare really depends on the context - once flying on a 707 was common, now it's very rare. The majority of these were in the last few years, a bunch we
55 Post contains images sweair : Yeah that's it, maybe not so rare then We went through a tropical storm and for a while we got weightless, coffee dripping from the ceiling after I d
56 starrymarkb : For me it's Fokker 70 BAe 146
57 e38 : These aircraft are not particularly rare; however, they seemed a little unusual to me with respect to the geographical environment in which they were
58 Post contains links and images Scooter01 : -or maybe it was one of these: View Large View MediumPhoto © George Canciani looks to me like what would happen if a Skyvan and a Twin Otter had an
59 steex : I also forgot the A340-200 for my list. I caught that flying SYD-AKL on AR a few years ago.
60 Kaphias : The 737-900 (non ER) I suppose, more so as I've flown on N302AS... which was the prototype 739. I've also flown on Beavers and Turbo Otters, both on f
61 LHRBFSTrident : Trident 1C LHR-BFS Trident 2E LHR-BFS Trident 3B LHR-BFS BAC 1-11-539 BA BHX-BFS (in the 80s it seemed all I flew were darned 1-11s from BHX all the t
62 The777Man : Hi ! For me it's the 747SP and the 340-200 The777Man
63 cedarjet : In the last twelve months... Ilyushin Il-18 Daallo Airlines JIB-HGA-JIB Ilyushin Il-18 Air Koryo FNJ-YJS-FNJ x2 Ilyushin Il-62 Air Koryo PEK-FNJ-SHE,
64 rahulrahul : I dont see that many of 737-200 these days. I flew on one in 2007 with Alliance Air in India. Rahul
65 Post contains links and images canadianpylon : If Air Force Passenger Jets count: Canadian Air Force CC-137 YOW-LGW-LHA View Large View MediumPhoto © Paul K
66 gemuser : DC-2 not a scheduled flight, actually a test flight Shorts S25 Sandringham, Ansett Flying Boat Services SYD-Lord Howe Island plus various charters in
67 Icarus75 : Dassault Mercure - only 10 build : Many flights between ORY and PGF betwwen 1983 and 1987 and one flight BOD-ORY. It was with Air Inter all the time
68 Braniff747SP : I'm way to young to have flown anything particularly interesting; as such, I guess my answer would be the 753.
69 PRFlyer : Last week, I was lucky enough to catch a flight on an Antonov An32B. What an experience.
70 AirbusA6 : One trip around France back in 1991 had a series of rare types. 2 flights on the Dassault Mercure and counting sub types, flights on the A320-100 and
71 Post contains images mayor : Well, depending on how you look at the OP's question, I suppose I could say I've flown on a DL B747-132, which makes it rare because DL only had 5 of
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