HAWAIIAN932 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 72 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5242 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.
A390 From South Africa, joined Sep 2005, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5223 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.
Trident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5204 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.
QQFLYER28 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5201 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.
Greg3322 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5194 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.
Mucflieger From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5186 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.
777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5171 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!
My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
Jabejaha From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5154 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.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5149 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.
Startknob From Germany, joined May 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5128 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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Lentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5054 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.
4xRuv From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 388 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 4774 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.
Daleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 7 hours ago) and read 4762 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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