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Your First Time Flying In A Jet?  
User currently offlineHAWAIIAN932 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 75 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6126 times:

Just curious as to how many of you guys remember your first time on a jet. I was 12 years old. My brother and I were flying from LAX to SAN to visit our grandparents. This was in the late 60's. My dad bought us First Class tickets since it was our first flight. The tickets were $ 11.62 each. We flew on an American Airlines B-707. The flight had come into LAX from BOS and was going on to SAN. We were the only 2 passengers in the First Class cabin. When we got off the plane in SAN we were greeted by our grandparents, cousins , aunts and uncles, and all right at the gate. It was probably the most exciting day of my childhood. From that moment on I was hooked. I live in LAS now and take day trips to ONT,LAX,RNO and PHX just so I can fly.

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User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2166 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6117 times:

6 years old, (about 1980)

NZ, (or TE in those days) DC-8 from Auckland to Brisbane. I got to hand out the lollies on descent

User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2278 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6109 times:

1982, JAT Boeing 707-351C (YU-AGI)

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User currently offlineA390 From South Africa, joined Sep 2005, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6107 times:

1979 on a DC-10 from JNB to AMS via NBO. I took this flight with my mom and it was just after the terrible accident in Chicago she was scared to death the whole way. I loved the flight and could not help thinking the whole time, what a big aircraft! This was the start of a European trip that let to flights on KL, SR, AF, LH and BA with B707's, Dc-8's, Caravelles etc. Since then I was hooked with aircraft and as a result work in the airline industry.

User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3241 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6103 times:

August 1978, Tupolev 134 (Aviogenex)

User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1014 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6088 times:

May 1976 We went on a suprise holiday to Malta (never been abroad before) We were to fly British Airways from Heathrow on a Trident3. However a British Airtours 707-436 was substituted. We got a Trident on the way home.
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User currently offlineQQFLYER28 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6085 times:

July 1982 on PSA Boeing 727 from FAT-SAN. I was 5 years old and I remember walking up to the aircraft, using air stairs, and seeing the huge smile on the front of the airplane. I thought that was so cool and after that I was hooked.

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User currently offlineGreg3322 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6078 times:

August 1977. It was our first family vacation than involved flying.
LAX-PVR-MZT-LAX, all on Mexicana 727's. I had just turned seven years old, and from about 30 seconds after takeoff, I knew that I had to be a pilot.

It was several years before I was able to fly again, but it all worked out. I soloed in a glider when I was 15 and a Cessna 150 on my 16th birthday. I went on to get my Commercial, single-engine land and sea, multi-engine land and instrument ratings. But, sadly, I never got a job flying.


User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6068 times:

1970 at age 4. Immigrating to the US. Couldn't tell you what airline or aircraft.

The only thing we have to fear is the sky falling on our heads. -Asterix
User currently offlineMucflieger From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6070 times:

1982 (aged 4): MUC-TXL-MUC daytrip with Pan Am 737.

I got really sick when we landed in TXL and I finally had to vomit in the arrival hall. I can still remember my father carrying me outside to get some fresh air and the cleaning lady who took care of me and my mess.

User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6055 times:

My first flight on a jet (or any aircraft for that matter) was when I was 21.

A coworker of mine had recently moved from Mayland to San Fransisco.

My first flight was on World Airways, BWI-MCI-OAK, on a DC-10-30. Airfare in 1984 was $320.00US round trip. I sat in seat 33A in a 3-4-3 cattle coach configuration.
The woman who was sitting in 33C (there was no one in B) was a delightful travelling companion who was returning to Lake Tahoe from a trip to Frankfurt. I don't remember her name, but was I pleased to have such a nice person to chat with on my first flight.

One nice thing about the flight was that though we didn't get a movie because of the stop in MCI, we did get 2 full meals! (PS: I like to eat!)

So there you have it!

Russ wave 

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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6044 times:

1969, Eastern Airlines 727, DTW-FLL.

My brother teased me all the way there. I was just 7 or so. On landing when the flaps came out, he told me the wings were falling apart!

User currently offlineJabejaha From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6038 times:

My first time in a jet was a Malaysian Airlines 747-400, 16th January 1993. I was 9 years old. My family and I were emigrating to the UK. I remember that journey so well, from the strange woman in the centre row, who wrote a story about a little mouse and made me sit on her lap to read it to me, to my mother telling me not to accept any offers of "icing sugar" from strange men in the toilets at Kuala Lumpur. The best part was the fact that a family friend had rung ahead and told the airline it was my sister's birthday that day, and we were given a bottle of champagne and taken up to the flight deck. It was such a long journey but very memorable.

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13692 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6033 times:

It was in August 1980. I was 25 years old. Was with UA, not sure if a 747 or DC-10, EWR-LAX-EWR, for 2 weeks vacation in Califronia. Also my first commercial flight. Not too many on the flight, had plenty of space in my seat, toward the back of the a/c, left side. Many flights since then.

User currently offlineStartknob From Germany, joined May 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6012 times:

1995 aged 30 with a chubby, shaking, lousy 732 from LH FRA-MUC.
Business trip early in the morning - you were able to smell at least 25 different After Shaves - awful.
Seat 1B. Looking left - another passenger. looking forward - a wall - GREAT #$@+*!&. BTW: What's legroom?
Service: a paper bag with a small D- grade sandwich, one cup of tea/coffe/orange and - of course - the world-reknown (sarcasm ON) warm, helpful, open and friendly LH service (#$@+*!&!!!). Hey, this was business class - simply great! (Sarcasm OFF).

Neither the route nor the AC nor the seat nor the service were any indication or even a minimal inhibitor for me to become an enthusiast. That came after the initial jet "experience".


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User currently offlineLentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5938 times:

1986, the only thing I know is that there's a picture of me at 1 year old in front of a window with the HP flight I was about to get on ready to board the plane, I'm not sure what the route structure was back then is SLC-LAS/PHX-SNA possible? I was moving to California. If I remember the photo correctly it was a 732. My first prop flight was last year (QX DH4 SEA-YYC), a bit backwards but oh well.

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User currently offlineMegatop From Denmark, joined May 1999, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5930 times:

May 1971. I was 10 years old.

The flight was a charter flight from Denmark to Spain.

I still miss the Caravelle. Pretty bird.

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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4854 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5927 times:

May 1985. My first flight ever, when I was 9 years old. It was on an East-West Airlines Fokker F28-4000, VH-EWD, SYD to MCY and back.

Fun times!


I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineCrjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 670 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5853 times:

1988 or 89 I think. Flew DTW to either EGKK or EGLL, I was only 5 so I don't quite remember. Was on an ATA L-1011 Tristar. I remember being terrified that the pilots were going to do loops...lol.

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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1703 posts, RR: 26
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5850 times:

My first jet flight was in July 1993 on a Continental 727-200 (in the old meatball colours) IND-IAH on a trip to Mexico.

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My trip report about this flight: "My First Ever Airline Trip: CO 727"



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User currently offlineBuckieboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5796 times:


My first jet flight was LGW to ATH and then on to CFU in a Dan Air London 727 around Easter 1977. I was seven years old. After the return journey, I wouldn't fly again for over ten years.

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User currently offline4xRuv From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 388 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 day ago) and read 5658 times:

First timer here on Polls.

MY first flight was in 1988 when I was 10, I went on a surprise trip with my mom and grandmother to London and Paris. The first one was AF TLV-CDG on an A300 with an on going flight CDG-LHR. So I had 2 flights at the same day.

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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7638 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 day ago) and read 5657 times:

I'de have to say maybe it was a USAir BAC 1-11. Wow,I'm dating myself now  Smile

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User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3212 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (10 years 17 hours ago) and read 5646 times:

If I remember correctly, It was when I went to Spain (was around 6) and I very strongly remember our aircraft, a dirty, old and paintless Air Atlanta Icelandic. Not sure what it was, was fairly big though. May have been an MD-11! Anybody help?

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User currently offlineZoom1018 From Taiwan, joined May 2005, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 14 hours ago) and read 5642 times:

1998 with Vietnam Airlines from SGN to KUL on A320.

25 AzoresLover : It was on TWA, a 707, from CHM to PIT, returning same day on a 727. (Back in the day when big jets flew routes like this. The full routing of the 707
26 BAViscount : August 1979. I was 12 years old. My father, who had always been sh*t scared of the thought of flying, had given in and pandered to my enthusiast's cra
27 BCAL707 : 1965 United DC-8 SFO-Washington DC-SFO (was Dulles built then?). I was 3 years old. When I was told we were going to fly on a jet to see the grandpare
28 AirCop : In 1970 from SFO to Redding and then onto Klamath Falls, Oregon on a DC-9-15 of Air West. My first flight was a F-27 also of Air West.
29 Aviation : Back in 1995 I believe, yes, those were ther days I was 5 years old and took my first flight aboard a 737-400 I believe of QF from CBR-SYD. Still have
30 Post contains images HT : My first flight ever was in a Jet: Spantax (BX) Convair CV990 Coronado HAJ - PMI in 1973 aged almost 6. -HT
31 MH017 : July 1970 - earning my ticket with a paper run !!! AMS-BRU on a DC9-30 of KLM (PH-DNL) return BRU-AMS on a Caravelle of Tunisair (TS-TAR)... NEVER for
32 Gemuser : That one I envey! My first JET flight was in 1968 on an Ansett B727-100 SYD-POM (Port Morseby, PapuaNewGuniea). I nearly had a fit when he dropped fu
33 Waterpolodan : I'm not sure of the date or even the plane, but I flew MIA-Nassau many times when I was a small child to see my grandmother in the mid/late 80's, I kn
34 Cosec59 : It was in 1973 on a BAC1-11. A school trip. Every year the school arranged an experience flight for the 3rd year pupils. Out of LGW and an hour's tour
35 AC773 : 1990 on a KLM 744 YVR-AMS. That was actually my first flight ever. It was unforgettable. I can't say the same for the next leg to ZRH on a KLM 733.
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