Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8 Posted Fri Dec 9 2005 03:07:37 UTC (9 years 10 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8683 times:
Just for fun...
I was reminiscing with a buddy of mine about our trip to Hawai'i in April of 2000. We had an aircraft substitution at LAX, flying this beauty:
This old gallant aircraft ended up being my last flight on a DC-10.
I would love to hear your stories about your last flight on aircraft types that have been retired. I'll add some of my own:
Boeing 727: I was returning from Mexico and a home-study program in Morelia, Michoacán, and had to leave a day early. The Saturday flight MLM- LAX was a non-stop, and was on XA- MEL:
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.
Pan Am:The World's Most Experienced Airline - P(oor) S(ailor's) A(irline): San Diego's Hometown Airline-Catch Our Smile!
39 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted
Fri Dec 9 2005 04:29:25 UTC (9 years 10 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8676 times:
UA SFO- HNL
L-1011 - TW STL- SFO
727 - UA - PHX- DEN
737-100 - Ansett - CHC- AKL
F-27 - RW LMT- SFO
CV580 - NC MQT-GRB
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3774 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted
Fri Dec 9 2005 04:37:47 UTC (9 years 10 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8675 times:
MyAviation.net photo: Photo © Fraser Davidson
MyAviation.net photo: Photo © Fraser Davidson
MyAviation.net photo: Photo © Fraser Davidson
LGW- LYS on Caledonian. Operating as a ski charter
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
GQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted
Fri Dec 9 2005 05:44:58 UTC (9 years 10 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 8671 times:
727- SA)">DL- ATL- RDU
L1011- SA)">DL- SLC- CVG
SA-227- GQ- HLN- BIL (was on this a/c)
View Large View Medium Photo © Serge P. Walczak
DC-9- NW- MSP- BIL
Oh wait...those aren't retired yet...
Web From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted
Fri Dec 9 2005 17:09:47 UTC (9 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 8659 times:
NW 727-200 GRR- DTW Jan 1995
My first flight ever and my last flight on a 727. I can still hear the engines rumble...
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.
View Large View Medium Photo © Frank C. Duarte Jr.
Next flight: GRR-ORD-PDX-SEA-ORD-GRR
PacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted
Fri Dec 9 2005 18:02:02 UTC (9 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8656 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.
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SDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted
Fri Dec 9 2005 23:18:53 UTC (9 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8638 times:
A319-A321, A332-A333, RJ85, B733-B738, B743-B744, B752, B762-B764, B772-B773, CRJ200-CRJ700, Dash 8 Q300-Q400, ERJ 145,
DeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3995 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted
Sat Dec 10 2005 00:42:31 UTC (9 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8636 times:
PN (Pan Am v3) SFB-LCK, 7/05
737-200 (most of them are gone)- DLX CMH- MCO, 12/99
L-1011-1/250- DL SJU- ATL, 3/99
L-1011-500- DL ATL- SJU 2/99
DC-10-30- NW FCO- DTW, 7/00
DC-10-40- NW LGW- DTW, 8/99
F-28- US CMH- PIT, 5/96
F-100- US PHL- CMH, 11/00
A310- JM ATL- MBJ, 12/01
EMB-120- OH CVG- CMH, 1/00
Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
Amy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted
Sat Dec 10 2005 02:34:06 UTC (9 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8630 times:
A340-300 - slow, but awesome!
Cedars747 From Norway, joined Dec 2005, 2722 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted
Sat Dec 10 2005 03:03:01 UTC (9 years 10 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 8627 times:
AR Bue-Rom 1986
B727 RG Bue-Rio 1988
B707 ME Bru-Bey 1990
Tengo una pasion por la aviacion !لدي شغف للطيران !I have a passion for aviation !Jeg har en lidenskap for luftfart!j'ai
ZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted
Sat Dec 10 2005 11:31:44 UTC (9 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8617 times:
B737-200 Air New Zealand in 1999,
CHC- ROT- AKL. Also been on SQ 743s and 343s.
Wrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted
Sat Dec 10 2005 12:08:22 UTC (9 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8616 times:
LHR- YVR BA 747-236B G-BDXB (I think) on 14th August 2001
View Large View Medium Photo © Rob Rindt - Spot This!
SEA- LHR BA 747-236BM G-BDXN ( I think) on 28th August 2001
View Large View Medium Photo © Jan Lidestrand
A very nice aircraft, shame they left so soon post 9/11
Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
Aviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted
Sat Dec 10 2005 13:21:22 UTC (9 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8611 times:
Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
SWABNA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted
Mon Dec 12 2005 00:17:46 UTC (9 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 8580 times:
McDonnell Douglas DC-8
Shamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted
Mon Dec 12 2005 00:25:50 UTC (9 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 8577 times:
31st July 2003
ReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted
Tue Dec 13 2005 08:19:49 UTC (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8553 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.
Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 7033 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted
Tue Dec 13 2005 15:40:54 UTC (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8546 times:
Flown on and now gone - airlines or retired by airlines, though possibly still in service
BA VC10 in 1972 MAN- JFK- MAN
BA BAC1-11 in 1976 MAN- CDG- MAN
BA L1011 various MAN- JFK- MAN
PA DC10 1983 MAN- PIK- JFK
US BAC1-11 1983 to DAYTON
US DC9 1983 DAY- CLE
US B733 1983 Various
BY B732 1986 MAN- ATH- MAN
OA B732 1986 ATH-Mytilene- ATH
IT Mercure 1987 Nimes- ORY
AFR B727 1988 MAN- CDG
AFR B742 1988 CDG- JFK- CDG
AFR F28 1988 CDG- MAN
MH B742 1989/90 LHR- FRA- DXB- KUL- DXB- AMS- LHR
MH A300 1989 KUL- CGK- PER
MH DC10 1990 PER- KUL
DL L1011 various MAN- ATL
BA DC10 LGW- ATL- LGW
EIN B146 1998 MAN- DUB- MAN
GO B737 1999 STN- BCN-BCN
wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
Doona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3794 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted
Tue Dec 13 2005 20:26:40 UTC (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8536 times:
NW DC-9. No, wait... dammit!
I suppose it was on a KL B747-206BM(SUD), flying from DTW to AMS in 2000.
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
MarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted
Tue Dec 13 2005 20:38:16 UTC (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8533 times:
I can't remember which 727 flight was my last, but I'm sure I've been on a few. I do know that my last flight on a DC-10 was on
HKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted
Wed Dec 14 2005 04:08:30 UTC (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8527 times:
AA YYZ- ORD Nov 2003
727 - AN HBA- SYD Dec 1995
747SP - UA SEA- HKG Jul 1988 (!)
DC10 - UA SFO- IAD Jul 1988 (!)
4 Engines 4 LongHaul
767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted
Wed Dec 14 2005 22:17:23 UTC (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8515 times:
Well, since I am still alive and it is still possible to find just about every type of a/c flying around the world...I don't want to say "the last..."
but my last 742 flight was IB's EC-GAG in 2002 MAD- MIA.
It was ironically their first 742 delivered in 1971 I believe.
Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
AC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted
Thu Dec 15 2005 02:50:09 UTC (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8509 times:
I've flown a lot since this, but never on an a/c that has moved on to other carriers.
YVR- LHR and back on a Canadian DC-10. Very sad to see the airline go.
Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
TERRA From Iraq, joined Aug 1999, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted
Sat Dec 17 2005 17:35:25 UTC (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8491 times:
I have been fortunate to fly on some classics. Fun times!!!!
View Large View Medium Photo © Martin Aves
First company jump seat when still wet behind the ears. CVT- BRU in the, what was described my colleagues, as the best jumpseat due to the great views from the FE seat.
View Large View Medium Photo © Dave Jones
When it was EI-CHW
View Large View Medium Photo © Ian Haskell
Flown on the L188 many times but still a great ride.
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7628 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted
Sat Dec 17 2005 22:09:14 UTC (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8482 times:
I flew on a UA 737-200 in June 00. Ended up being the last time on the type . ROC- ORD.
No pics in the grey colors.
View Large View Medium Photo © Guido Allieri - Italy
Also flew on N7438U a UA 727 ORD- ROC on Sep 5th,2001. Last time on a UA 727 .
Flew on a DL 727 N8890Z ATL- ROC . Last time on a 727.
Also flew on 2 DL L1011's CVG- ZRH but i don't know the reg's.
'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
SA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted
Sat Dec 17 2005 22:34:52 UTC (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8481 times:
I was on the last operational flight of SAA's 747-244 ZS- SAN routing GRJ- JNB November 2003 , before it was flown to Rand where it is now a museum piece..
Heres the plane on that day arriving in GRJ to pick me up and take me back to JNB:
View Large View Medium Photo © Fanie Kleynhans
Nationwide BAC 1-11 JNB- DUR 2000
SAA 747-SP (Numerous times)
SAA 747-300 (Numerous times)
And lastly , not exactly related but I've flown twice on the TANS Peru 737-200 that crashed in Peru this year , since it was ex-SAA. ZS-SIA "Tugela"
View Large View Medium Photo © Stephan Rossouw
Proudly South African