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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 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6993 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, 6538 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6995 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 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6995 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 offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4994 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6991 times:

Canadair DC-4M-2
Granted, I was only 2 years old at the time, and no I don't recall the flight. ANU-BDA-YUL-YYZ

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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 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6984 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, 7704 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6967 times:
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IL-86
JS41
L1011-500



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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7176 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 6961 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, 5597 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 6956 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, 23033 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6949 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 onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25372 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6922 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, 3017 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6913 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, 7595 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6890 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 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6879 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, 9407 posts, RR: 29
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6864 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, 1953 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6841 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 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6820 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 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6798 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, 23033 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6795 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 offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6789 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 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6775 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 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6769 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 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6755 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, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6736 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, 3077 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6703 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 onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25372 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6695 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).


User currently offlineMountainFlyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6768 times:

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 23):
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.

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. 747-400M Combi, 747SP, 737-100, A340-500, A340-200 are all "derivatives of very popular airline models," yet each is unique in their own way, and I've never been on any of them, nor will I ever likely due to their relative rarity.

Each to their own, please just have fun with this thread!  



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 offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6218 posts, RR: 31
Reply 26, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6748 times:
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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


User currently onlinevhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 27, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6720 times:

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 in pax config)
- Boeing 727-200LR (4 Built) Although I'm lead to believe this was just an internal designation for Ansett's last four 727-200 Adv. frames with extra tankage (and a possible MTOW raise?) not an official Boeing model.



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5597 posts, RR: 5
Reply 28, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6696 times:

Quoting vhqpa (Reply 27):
Boeing 747-400ER (6 built in pax config)

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 list. I've arbitrarily adopt 100 frames as my definition of "rare". That excludes the BAe146 (221) and AvroRJ (166)


74E (6 passenger versions built)
731 (30 - and very rare in 1998!)
764 (38)
762 (flew on my first one in 2012, so rare these days - apparently 64 left in service per Wikipedia)
J41 (100)
ATP (64) - another one I'd forgotten
345 (34)
346 (97)
773 (60)



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User currently offlinesaleya22R From France, joined Mar 2007, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6681 times:
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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
BAC 1-11
Caravelle 1 A
Caravelle 10B
Fokker 27
IL 18
TU 134

Saleya 22R


User currently offlinen5014k From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 30, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6649 times:

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
Hawaiian Dash 7


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 31, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6631 times:
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I'm going with the real rare, ie no derivatives.

Dassult Mercure, flown back in 1992.



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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25372 posts, RR: 22
Reply 32, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6607 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 26):
B 707-320C
B 727-100

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 for about 1/3 of 727 production.

Quoting saleya22R (Reply 29):
DC-3

The DC-3 rare? Including the C-47 and license-built variants built in Russia and Japan, around 16,000 were built.


User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 33, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6586 times:

Quoting Yflyer (Reply 22):
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...

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 definately be the most rare aircraft I've flown on. Ironically though with Delta buying up so many they're probably more common in the USA now than the BAe 146 was when I flew on them.


User currently offlinesaleya22R From France, joined Mar 2007, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6552 times:
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Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 32):
The DC-3 rare? Including the C-47 and license-built variants built in Russia and Japan, around 16,000 were built.


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 and 70's. I forgot the HS748 -more like a curiosity as well I guess..
Would the DC-9-10 series qualify?
Where did you fly with the CV880? The CV990 was used by Spantax, charters to Spain en masse in the 70's.
I flew with the 880 twice, exactly 35 years ago -probably an aircraft leased from Cathay to Malta
Surprised you don't have the Viscount.. Viscount 724! Neither do I.
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User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1824 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6528 times:

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.

User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 57
Reply 36, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6532 times:

The Dassault Mercure 100, for sure !!!

Only 12 airframe were built, including 2 prototypes. French domestic airline Air Inter was the sole operator of the 10 production aircraft + one of the 2 prototypes, F-BTMD, that was also modified into a commercial version.


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 37, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6514 times:

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).


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25372 posts, RR: 22
Reply 38, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6509 times:

Quoting saleya22R (Reply 34):
Where did you fly with the CV880?

BOS-JFK on TWA in 1967.

Quoting saleya22R (Reply 34):
Surprised you don't have the Viscount.. Viscount 724!

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 TCA Viscount 724 from Edmonton to Calgary, probably 1956. Thus my A.net user ID.

I didn't consider the Viscount rare with 445 built.


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6218 posts, RR: 31
Reply 39, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6497 times:
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Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 32):
The 707-320C wasn't rare. It was by far the largest-selling 707 model with 337 built, about 1/3 of all 707s.
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 32):
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 for about 1/3 of 727 production.

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.


User currently offlinesteex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1658 posts, RR: 9
Reply 40, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6458 times:

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 birds would be the CRJ-440, DC-9-40, and DC-9-50.

User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4994 posts, RR: 43
Reply 41, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6456 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 39):
Rare is relative.

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 flying.

In addition to the above, I have also flown on the Trident 2, the Trident 3 and the Super VC-10. Rare? Perhaps ... but if you ever saw LHR in the 1970s, you wouldn't think so. So yes, rare is relative!  



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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9407 posts, RR: 29
Reply 42, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6447 times:

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 13):
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)

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 not qualify, but i just mention it as well.



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2294 posts, RR: 7
Reply 43, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6441 times:

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) of Delta
B767-400ER (37 built) of Delta
DC-10-40 (42 built) of Northwest
MD-87 (76 built) of Spanair
Saab 2000 (63 built) of Carpatair


So I guess it's the 342. Unless I missed something...


User currently offlineBeakerLTN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 44, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6418 times:

Does flying on a clean AF 77W count??!  


300/319/320/321/330/732/733/734/73G/738/744/772/77W/146/EMB135/EMB145
User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 45, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6409 times:

MD11

F-50
F-27
F-100

A340-300 (not exactly rare but a dying breed)



Cheers
User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 46, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6407 times:

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 A320s and MD82/3... boring.



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5597 posts, RR: 5
Reply 47, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6373 times:

Quoting sweair (Reply 35):
I once flew from Brisbane to Cairns on some domestic Australian turboprop thing, looked almost square, must be quite rare?

Do you mean a Shorts 360 like http://www.airliners.net/photo/Sunst...d=2b5b3599586db49e5fab3615f5a1397e

The Shorts 360 was surprisingly successful for a British aircraft. It sold significantly better than the J41 and ATP and the same number as the AvroRJ



Worked Hard, Flew Right
User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1558 posts, RR: 12
Reply 48, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 19):
Well I guess this thread only makes sense if you take into account the year or decade.

That's right.

My humble list so far...
DC-10 (2001)
737-200 (2001)
737-600 (2003)
MD-87 (2011)



Life is short : eat dessert first !
User currently offlinerafabullara From Brazil, joined Dec 2010, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 49, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6337 times:

Varig Lockheed L188 Electra - 1990

User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25372 posts, RR: 22
Reply 50, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6335 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 43):
A318 (77 built)
A340-200 (28 built)

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.


User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 611 posts, RR: 0
Reply 51, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6337 times:

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 operated by the military - right?



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 52, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6340 times:

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're very rare. I'm going by subtypes, not general types (for example 753 not 757).

A318 - 77 built - the babybus is definitely a pretty rare one
A388 - 81 built - still rare by my definitions, will get "unrare" soon though  
B743 - 81 built - flew on an Air Atlanta example when it was operating a charter for FI
B753 - 55 built - 11 flights on it actually! sometimes it's good to live in Iceland...  
B772 - 88 built - non-ER version
B773 - 60 built - non-ER version
CRJ705 - 16 built - I know, just a CRJ900 with fewer seats, but still technically another type, which makes it very rare  
DC9-40 - 71 built - was very lucky, got one with SAS just before they were retired
MD87 - 75 built - another lucky break on SAS

cheers, Sveinn  



Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 53, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6308 times:

Hopefully this count as well...

I just flew TEN AIRWAYS sole MD82 YR-MDK (btw that's the real name and not Tend Air)


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So, what's so special? YR-MDK was used as testbed for Stage IV JT8D hush conversion - dubbed "Q 80":
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...ation-with-romanias-jetran-219696/


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 54, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6248 times:

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 were in the last few days:

An-24B
An-140-100
BAC 1-11-400
BAe ATP
BAe 146-100
B720
B747-SP
CN 235
DC-10-15
DHC 7-100
F28-1000C
Il-18D
Il-62M
Il-76TD
Il-86
L1011
MD-600N
Tu-134A/B
Tu-154B
YS-11
Yak 40K
Yak 42D


Dan  



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User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1824 posts, RR: 0
Reply 55, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6233 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 47):

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 didn't know it was British though, news for me.


User currently offlinestarrymarkb From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2011, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 56, posted (2 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6110 times:

For me it's

Fokker 70
BAe 146


User currently offlinee38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 57, posted (2 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 6092 times:

These aircraft are not particularly rare; however, they seemed a little unusual to me with respect to the geographical environment in which they were operating:

1964: Continental Airlines Vickers Viscount 812 Midland/Odessa, TX to Dallas Love Field (round trip): MAF/DAL. (because not many U.S. carriers operated Viscount aircraft)

1970: Servicios Aereos Especiales, S.A. (SAESA)--a subsidiary of Aeronaves de Mexico (I think) Hawker Siddeley 748 Reynosa, Mexico to Mexico City (round trip): REX/MEX.

1984: Mid Pacific Airlines NAMCO YS-11 Honolulu to Kona, Hawaii (round trip): HNL/KOA.

e38


User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1204 posts, RR: 8
Reply 58, posted (2 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 6052 times:
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Quoting sweair (Reply 55):
Yeah that's it,

-or maybe it was one of these:
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looks to me like what would happen if a Skyvan and a Twin Otter had an encounter. (Typically Australian)


As for rare aircraft flown on, I can mention

DC-9-21 -SAS
Frakes Tubo Mallard -Chalks
De Havilland Heron -Braathens

Scooter01



"We all have a girl and her name is nostalgia" - Hemingway
User currently offlinesteex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1658 posts, RR: 9
Reply 59, posted (2 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 6048 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 50):
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.

I also forgot the A340-200 for my list. I caught that flying SYD-AKL on AR a few years ago.


User currently offlineKaphias From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 60, posted (2 years 1 week ago) and read 6028 times:

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 floats. Not as sightseeing flights or as a tourist either... when you look at it that way it's probably quite rare.


Flown on: C150, C172, C206, Beaver, Otter, Jetstream 32, Q400, CRJ7/9, E135/40/45, A320, B732/4/7/8/9, B744, B752, B763
User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 61, posted (2 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6009 times:

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 time: I couldn't wait until they were finally replaced with a 737s - crazy to think now!)
Viscount BA BHX-INV
BAe ATP BA BHX-ABZ
A340-200 SA CDG-JNB
A340-500 TG BKK-LAX
747-400ER QF LAX-SYD
747-300 CX NRT-HKG
747SP UA HKG-SEA

missed the MD-11 thanks to Varig cancelling the LHR-CPH-LHR tag last-minute due to a very delayed inbound flight from GRU - but got an SK MD-90 CPH-BHX instead on the re-route...



Next up: LAX-LHR NZ002 Y SkyCouch! LHR-LAX NZ001 Y
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 62, posted (2 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5997 times:

Hi !

For me it's the 747SP and the 340-200

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8118 posts, RR: 54
Reply 63, posted (2 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5866 times:

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, PEK-FNJ
Douglas DC-8-62 ATI MCC-LBG-MCC
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 Biman Bangladesh AUH-CGP-DAC x2, DAC-HKG, KTM-DAC
Fokker F.28-400 Biman Bangladesh DAC-CGP
Tupolev Tu-134M Air Koryo FNJ-DOS-FNJ x2
Tupolev Tu-204-300 Air Koryo FNJ-SHE (short body -300, rebuilt from a -100)
Boeing 707-3J9 Saha Air THR-MHD-THR x2, THR-AWZ-THR x2
Boeing 777-200 British Airways LHR-AUH-MCT (G-ZZZA, first 777 delivered to BA)
Yak-42D Fars Air Qeshm THR-KHD-THR (including some trouble with the law in KHD, only time in ten+ spotting trips to Iran)

Ever...

Aerospatiale / BAC Concorde British Airways LHR-JFK (last scheduled BA 001 15 Oct 2003, G-BOAC)
Aerospatiale Caravelle Air Inter ORY-UIM (near the end - Aug 1990)
Hawker Siddley Trident 3 British Airways TLS-LHT (near the end - April 1985)
Ilyushin Il-62M Aria Air (op by DETA) THR-KIH, THR-MHD-THR (2009, just before crash in MHD)
Boeing 747SP-86 Iran Air LHR-IKA (last ever bookable SP flight from LHR)
Boeing 707-3J9 Saha Air THR-THR (26 Oct 2008, 50th anniversary of first 707 schedule - planned to MHD but emergency landing back at THR)

lots of 727s, 747 Classics, DC-10s, MD-11s,Tristars etc in the late 80s and 90s when they were everywhere...



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlinerahulrahul From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 64, posted (2 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5844 times:

I dont see that many of 737-200 these days. I flew on one in 2007 with Alliance Air in India.

Rahul



A300/319/320/321/332/333/343/346 B732/738/744/752/762/763/772/773 CRJ200/700/900 ERJ140/145/170/175 MD88
User currently offlinecanadianpylon From Canada, joined May 2003, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 65, posted (2 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5765 times:

If Air Force Passenger Jets count: Canadian Air Force CC-137

YOW-LGW-LHA


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Always looking for the longest route with the most transfers.
User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5671 posts, RR: 6
Reply 66, posted (2 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5732 times:

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 NSW.

Gemuser



DC23468910;B72172273373G73873H74374475275376377L77W;A319 320321332333343;BAe146;C402;DHC6;F27;L188;MD80MD85
User currently offlineIcarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 800 posts, RR: 0
Reply 67, posted (1 year 12 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5495 times:

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



Flying is amazing!
User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 68, posted (1 year 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5439 times:

I'm way to young to have flown anything particularly interesting; as such, I guess my answer would be the 753.


The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlinePRFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 69, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5331 times:

Last week, I was lucky enough to catch a flight on an Antonov An32B. What an experience.

User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2013 posts, RR: 0
Reply 70, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5266 times:

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 A300-B2 (plus 2 F28 flights with TAT, 1000 and 4000 series I think)

Other fairly rare types include the 747-400M and SAAB 2000 both with sales well under 100.



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User currently offlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10434 posts, RR: 14
Reply 71, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4961 times:

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 them.





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