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Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?  
User currently offlineCruzinAltitude From United States of America, joined May 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5912 times:

This Thread . . .Wow. Don't Think I Would Fly On This , made me think about the couple of times I have walked into the gate area, walked straight to the window to check out the aircraft (as I always do before I sit down), and thought, "D@mn, that thing looks like crap! I hope the maintenance is better than the paint!"

I know eveyone on here has had this happen at least once in their travels. Lets get some pics on here of aircraft that would make you think the same thing.

Here are some examples of what I'm thinking of. . .


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If anyone has stories or other great pictures please post them.

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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5817 times:

Not sure if this is what you were looking for, but here goes anyway.

I don't have the reg, so I can't post a pic, but I shall never forget arriving at the gate at LHR back in 1989 or so and seeing the Air India B742 that would be flying me, my mother and my cousin to JFK on the transatlantic leg of a trip to visit family in North Carolina. The thing was a mess - paint peeling all over the place, and what looked like numerous patches on the wings. It didn't help that it was parked next to an immaculate Qantas 747 that looked like it was making its first ever flight that day. This also happened to be the first time that the cousin I was travelling with had ever flown, so I was keen to keep her away from the window so that she didn't see what she was getting herself into!

Had I been travelling alone, I may well have considered turning round and going home, but I didn't, and we boarded the plane only to find that the inside wasn't too confidence-inspiring either! Granted, our flight was a continuation of a flight from India (Delhi I think), but it looked like it hadn't been cleaned for a week. Anyway, we made it into the air (with my cousin close to tears and shaking like a leaf and my mum wondering how I had managed to persuade her to fly AI..."It was cheap" I kept saying!) and they started the IFE. However, we then found that the audio channels on our bank of seats weren't working, so no sound for us. Later on came a trip to the 'little boys room' - well, I like to paddle, but in the sea, not in other people's bodily fluids, although some may argue that it's the same thing!! I was so glad when we "touched the ground at JFK" (and it wasn't even a "cold and wet December day")!!

I don't mean to bash AI in any way, I've read some good things about them lately (and I did experience them in 1989), but this was the only time in all the years I've flown that I've seriously considered not boarding an aircraft because of how it looked.

[Edited 2005-10-11 22:16:05]


Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5771 times:

Personal thoughts about the US 733 picture above.....


At DFW, almost all the flights to and from CLT are on the 733's, and I don't think I've ever seen one without paint chipping off.

With the awesome looking E170's from PIT and PHL to contrast them with, the 733's often look pitiful.

However, the paint is really no indication of how safe the plane is.



"If the facts do not conform to the theory, they will have to be disposed of"
User currently offlineXjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2460 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5762 times:

The A380...

XJR

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filler



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5759 times:

Quoting Xjramper (Reply 3):
The A380...

Care to give a reason?



Equally Cursed and Blessed.
User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5750 times:

Quoting Catatonic (Reply 4):
Care to give a reason?



Quoting Xjramper (Reply 3):
Xjramper From United States,

 biggrin 


User currently offlineFlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 382 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5726 times:

Any 737-200! Thank God there aren't anymore 727s around  Wow!

User currently offlineLobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5679 times:

Any NW DC-10. Been there, done that, found better a/c to fly on. I happen to think on an 8 hour flight, IFE means something. Not just one big screen that you can barely see. The last time I flew NW, the audio kept cutting in and out. The F/O came back and tried to figure something out. Didn't work. Never again, modern a/c or nothing.

User currently offlineBcngro From Andorra, joined Oct 2004, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5661 times:

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 1):
with my cousin close to tears and shaking like a leaf and my mum wondering how I had managed to persuade her to fly AI..."It was cheap" I kept saying!

Lol! Was the flight back to LHR on AI too?



At the bus station, buses stop. At the train station, trains stop. At my desk, I have a work station.
User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5646 times:

Quoting FlyBoy84 (Reply 6):
Any 737-200! Thank God there aren't anymore 727s around

I love the 727.but I may say that I was a little nervous four years ago flying from MEX to LAS on a Mexicana 727-200.

USADreamliner


User currently offlineCruzinAltitude From United States of America, joined May 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5639 times:

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 1):
Not sure if this is what you were looking for, but here goes anyway.

That was exactly what I was looking for. Chances are nothing was wrong with the aircrafts ability to fly, but when an aircraft looks like crap it makes you wonder!


User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5608 times:

There really isn't a passenger aircraft that i would not fly on, unless it was obviously run by a cheap and cost-cutting carrier who puts profits over safety. Thankfully there aren't too many airlines like that.

I wish there were still 727s and L1011s flying  Sad



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5597 times:

I'll pretty well fly on anything that has wings unless it looks like this...

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User currently offlineNonfirm From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5592 times:

any flight that involves an airbus anything.  laughing 

User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5577 times:

Every thing but to name just one The MD-11 a hard first.

Cheers,



Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5480 times:

Comet I-metal fatigue and design did it in

Any aircraft flown by small airlines based in CIS, Asia or Africa

A380-with any new aircraft, the learning curve will be steep the first few years. Better to wait and let others experiance or pay for the learning experiances.



"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5460 times:

 flamed   fight   flamed   fight   flamed   fight 

Santa Barbara Airlines DC-10-30!!!!

Heeeellllpppppppp!!!!


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5429 times:

Quoting Bcngro (Reply 8):
Quoting BAViscount (Reply 1):
with my cousin close to tears and shaking like a leaf and my mum wondering how I had managed to persuade her to fly AI..."It was cheap" I kept saying!

Lol! Was the flight back to LHR on AI too?

Indeed it was, but luckily it was a night flight and dark outside when we got to the gate at JFK, so we couldn't see what kind of state the aircraft was in! But, of course, it did get us home safely otherwise I wouldn't be sitting here typing this!



Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offline777 From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 514 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5301 times:

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 2):
However, the paint is really no indication of how safe the plane is.

...ok, but that US 733 it's really shameful crazy  crazy  crazy ... never seen nothing similar eyepopping  eyepopping  eyepopping ... with the exception of some aircraft cemeteries... tombstone 


User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5292 times:

Here's a couple that don't look too good from the outside...


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I don't like signatures...
User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5260 times:

Oh come on what kind of a question is this!


But, have to say I dislike Aerofflelololololololololololololololololcopterzot.


Cheers,



Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently offlineCruzinAltitude From United States of America, joined May 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5225 times:

Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 19):
Here's a couple that don't look too good from the outside...

Those are PERFECT examples of what I'm talking about. If I was a passenger walking across the tarmac and realized that one of those was the aircraft I was going to get in, I would be very, VERY uncomfortable.


User currently offlineLobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5221 times:

Well, for me its a Northwest DC-10. Get rid of them all ready!!

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