USAF757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6354 times:
Me & my father where doing some spotting at Air Lane in PHX. We were waiting to see the British Airways flight leave for LHR, and there was this guy, he was maybe mid 30s and he had his family with them. They were clearly very bored, and he thought he was a know-it-all aviation buff like most of us. Some of the things he said actually made me and my dad laugh out loud. For instance: British Airways is going to start flying the A380 to PHX as soon as 2007. WN is the only airline in the world with an all AIRBUS fleet of A320s, and that the 747-400 was the longest range a/c in the world.
Jaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6351 times:
Hehe it's quite amusing when some people just talk utter crap
Not quite a spotter, but there was this one woman at an airport once saying things about aviation to her (young) son, which was totally wrong. He seemed really interested in what she was saying, looking like he was taking it all in. I almost felt as though I should say something as she was telling him absolute rubbish... But I didn't
VS747SPUR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6322 times:
I was at LHR spotting one weekend when a VS 346 came in, where I overheard a spotter say to his friend ' I can't wait to fly Virgin in the summer on their 737s' Lets just say it couldn't have been an experienced spotter !
PipoA380 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1596 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6319 times:
The usual one: while in the terminal, the guy saying to his wide/friends/kids "look at that jumbo" pointing out a 737 or 320. I always have to laugh loudly when I hear that! Yes sir, there's two wings and a cockpit, so it's a jumbo!
Just never correct them, leave them with their "I know it all" stupidity!
It's not about AIRBUS. it's not about BOEING. It's all about the beauty of FLYING.
Kmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6314 times:
Not so much a stupid spotter story, but a stupid pax story. We flew into ATL several years ago on our way to MCO, and were told that the DL flight was going to be delayed for several hours, as they'd developed engine trouble on theh plane we were due to fly to MCO on. Th woman in front of me went nuts. She started hollering at the ticket agent and any other DL rep that was within earshot that she HAD to be on that plane at the time her ticket stated, and that the airline would be sorry that they'd ever done this to her...yadda yadda yadda.
I couldn't leave it alone. I felt so sorry for the DL people. I tapped the woman on the shoulder and said to her "If you'd like to fly this leg of the journey on a plane with engine trouble, bearing in mind that only leaves one engine to fly on, by all means be my guest." She had no idea what to say to me....dumbass.
'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7319 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6309 times:
When waiting to fly MIA-ORD someone says what kind of plane we flying. Someone else says 737. Guy looks out the window. Oh yea looks like a 737. I than say no its a 757 actully, one man says oh I always thought 757 are bigger, he said are you sure. " Yes I am sure .
Than flying back home ORD-MIA on 757 had someone say we were flying a 737 again, but no it was not, this time the person said oh I though AA was getting rid of their 757.
Person sitting next to me on the trip asked after we landed do planes have brakes. I told him yes just like a car they have brakes to stop on the ground. He says oh I always thought the wing stops the plane.
I know there are more from just that trip. I need to start writing these things down.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6387 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6223 times:
well not really a spotter story but its was funny at the time.
I was about to get on my flight and well a man behind me said to his wife "so we are flying on that one" she replied "yes dear" he then got very stressed when he looked at the name of the plane, "Look, thats not our plane we cant get on this one. we are ment to be flying British Atlantic" she said back to him "no thats British Airways and we are flying on Virgin Atlantic" he said back "Im right you are wrong we are not getting on this flight" he then started asking passengers where this flight was going and then himself and his wife became very embarrassed when told by STAFF that this was the right flight and not to worry.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 67
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6165 times:
I was standing on the GA ramp at San Diego many years ago and N1, the FAA Jetstar (at that time) came in, carrying the Administrator
I won't mention his name because that would be indiscreet. (Alexander Butterfield)
Already parked on the ramp was a Gulfstream II, N10XY, belonging to occidental petroleum, and Dr. Armand Hammer. The adminstrator saw it next to his plane and said: "Whose 727 is that? Then all his GS supergrade assistants chimed in: "I think it is a BAC 1-11" "It's a DC-9, isn't it?" and so on.
I had to walk away before I said something.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6113 times:
When I was a young boy, 10 years old, I was fascinated with flight. I had one book about airlines, and though it wasn't very thorough at all, I took it to be the bible! Any way, my older sister returned from a visit to our aunt in Denver DEN-GTF on a CO 733. I did not realize the 737 existed, my understanding being limited to 727, 747, 767 and DC-10. Thinking that 727's were all anyone flew into town I was very excited at seeing a plane with underwing engines and told her I was jealous that she got to fly on something so big as a 767. She said no, its a 737, and the typical brother/sister "is not, is to!" argument ensued. Soon after I got a new airliner book, and wasn't I surprised! Who knew there were busses in the air too?!
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6094 times:
OK guys, be real for a second...
Let's just say that with the proliferation of RJs, that 737s and A320s *do* look like jumbos!
There was a time that I was confused about planes, too. For example, someone once told me there was a stretched 737 (at the time, a 737-300/400 was considered the stretched version) but I thought that was the 727. So the 727 became, to me, the 737 stretch, and the third engine and different tail were a result of the stretch!
MANTEC From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 57 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6090 times:
A spotter (or could have been a pax) at MAN was saying to his wife that "actually, my dear, the 737 has 3 engines"
The lady looked a bit perplexed and peered through the window in T1 and replied that she could only see 2.
To my utter amazement the guy went on unperturbed with his stupidity.
"No, look, there are 3.....1 on each wing and one under the tail" (the APU no doubt)
But, it doesn't stop there!!......... "That small one at the back is for taxiing....the other 2 are far too powerful for that"
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6086 times:
Not quite a spotter but in July 1983 at PMI we were on the bus being taken to our steam-driven BAC1-11 when we passed a brand new Monarch 757 that was parked on the ramp and looked resplendent in her colours. How I wished I was flying on that plane. It seemed that many of the other passengers on the bus were also admiring the 757 and a young lad asked his father what that plane was, pointing to the 757. "Don't know, son. I think it must be a new version of Concorde!"
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
SA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5988 times:
Well , Andy , for a person who knows nothing about aviation , mistaking a 743 for a 744 isn't the worst thing.
Funniest thing I have heard was at Wonderboom Airshow. Some guy was talking to a friend of his over his cellphone after 1Time and Kulula had brought in their MD-82's for static display. He said "Kulula and 1Time just brought their DC-10's in." lmao
Freedomtofly From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 750 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5856 times:
Someone gave me this postcard once and it had a Lufthansa Cityline Avro RJ on it. The person who gave it to me claimed it was a 747. We argued for hours until we finally looked online and obviously that was no 747. Moral: Not all 4 engined planes are 747's. I hear that a/c name all the time and it bugs me. Like one day I was telling this kid about flying in flight sim and he immediately says "Oh so you want to fly the 747's." No. The '47 has become quite well known with av and non av enthusiasts. Airbus (A380 program) is gonna have to work real hard to gain popularity with both groups.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31713 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5824 times:
There was this Guy,at a party a few yrs ago.Telling people around him that He had done his CPL on a B747 at British Airways in LHR & decided to leave aviation thereafter.
During the Conversation I asked a few questions & realised He was blowing hot air.So I added to the Conversation telling my Buddies not to disclose that I was in Aviation.
It was only at Dinner time I told him where I worked.
Thereafter I never noticed him around again
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