As it was a surprise, and I knew they were on their way out of fleets, I took in every detail I could. Great flight, great food, great views.
Lockheed L1011: Only got to fly this airplane once - LAX-STL in August, 1996. I could not get the registration number on this aircraft, but the poor plane had seen better days. Tattered and worn, it still ended up being one of the smoothest flights I have ever been on - and TWA always had the best breakfast flights.
NW DC-10-40 DTW-MCO Jan 1995
I think it was a -40; NW operated those domestically, right? Anyway they'll soon be gone and there's not a chance of me getting on another. My second flight ever and first widebody.
PacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 871 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6825 times:
(in old man voice) I remember back when I was in graduate school in upstate New York in the late 1980s/early 1990s I flew first class on an aging United 727 from Chicago ORD to Syracuse. I commented to a flight attendant that the old bird (the plane, not the FA) looked pretty ancient, and she informed me it was to be retired within a month. The F class seats had cloth covers whereas most or UA's fleet at that time had leather seats in first.
ReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 536 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6722 times:
The last flight of TS Tristar in Oct '04. Employees only, seats handed out in order of seniority. YMX to over Mt. Tremblant, down over Quebec City and a real low (1000-2000 ft) fly past of a small town outside Quebec City. We were so low that landing had to be happening, or so we though. We however continued on back to YMX, with a go-around throw in. It was also the final flight of the Cap't and the F/E (brothers) the small town was of course their hometown. The leaves were in full colour, very impressive.