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Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?  
User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7887 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:


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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:


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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.


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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7880 times:

DC-10 - 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


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7879 times:

Concorde:

MyAviation.net photo:
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L-1011:
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
User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7875 times:

727- SA)">DL- ATL-RDU
L1011- SA)">DL- SLC-CVG
SA-227- GQ- HLN-BIL (was on this a/c)

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DC-9- NW- MSP-BIL

Oh wait...those aren't retired yet...


User currently offlineWeb From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7863 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...

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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.

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Next flight: GRR-ORD-PDX-SEA-ORD-GRR
User currently offlinePacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7860 times:

 old  (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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User currently offlineSDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7842 times:

Fokker F-28: SK ARN-SDL Dec. 27th 1997

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Boeing 747-200: KL AMS-ORD Aug. 7th 2003

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A319-A321, A332-A333, RJ85, B733-B738, B743-B744, B752, B762-B764, B772-B773, CRJ200-CRJ700, Dash 8 Q300-Q400, ERJ 145,
User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3814 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7840 times:

727- 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

DeltaRules



Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7834 times:

Alitalia A300B4-203


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LHR-FCO-LHR

October 1997



A340-300 - slow, but awesome!
User currently offlineCedars747 From Norway, joined Dec 2005, 2721 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7831 times:

B74SP 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 !
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7821 times:

B737-200 Air New Zealand in 1999, CHC-ROT-AKL. Also been on SQ 743s and 343s.

User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7820 times:

LHR-YVR BA 747-236B G-BDXB (I think) on 14th August 2001

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SEA-LHR BA 747-236BM G-BDXN ( I think) on 28th August 2001

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A very nice aircraft, shame they left so soon post 9/11

Wrighbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7815 times:

Kendell Airlines:
Saab 340

Ansett Australia:
737-300, 767-300




Cheers,



Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently offlineSWABNA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7784 times:

United Airlines:
McDonnell Douglas DC-8
DEN-ORD
October 1989


User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7781 times:

British Airways
Concorde G-BOAC
31st July 2003
BA001 LHR-JFK


User currently offlineReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7757 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.

User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6840 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7750 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
User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7740 times:

Onboard a NW DC-9. No, wait... dammit!

I suppose it was on a KL B747-206BM(SUD), flying from DTW to AMS in 2000.

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7737 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 CP.

User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7731 times:

F100 - 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
User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7719 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!!!
User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7713 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.


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User currently offlineTERRA From Iraq, joined Aug 1999, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7695 times:

I have been fortunate to fly on some classics. Fun times!!!!


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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.


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When it was EI-CHW


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Flown on the L188 many times but still a great ride.


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7522 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7686 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.

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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.
User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7685 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:

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Others:

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"

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-SA006



Proudly South African
25 ERJ135 : There have been many for me but probably the most notable was an Ansett A320. Ansett had collapsed and was running again to a degree with a small flee
26 PHLBOS : 727: NW DTW-PHL (2000) L1011: TW BOS-JFK (1979) F100: US PHL-BOS (1991)
27 Post contains links and images CV990 : Hi! The plane I flew and it's now retired is: Date of the flight: 1998/08/28 Flight: LAX/JFK Airline: UA Airliner: Boeing 767-222 Registration: N601UA
28 Post contains links and images RootsAir : MIA-MAD on IB 747-200 EC-DIA on JAN 10th 2004...TIRSO DE MOLINA good old tirso de molina...flew it like 3 times.....will always occupy an important pa
29 Post contains images Btriple7 : I remember when I flew on a Delta MD-11 from ATL to DUB shortly before Christmas '01. I was disapointed to find out a year later that DL was retiring
30 Navairjax : 747-100 EI SNN-BOS Sep 88 727 UA ORD-BOS Oct 97 F100 US BOS-ORF Oct 98 Dornier 328 Jet DH JFK-BOS Aug 01 MD-11 DL ATL-NRT Dec 02
31 Post contains links and images SWISSER : my most notable ever was this one, View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank C. Duarte Jr. I don't know the exact reg, but it was on the very first days of
32 Post contains links and images CO7e7 : View Large View MediumPhoto © Derek Hellmann R.I.P COs MD-83
33 Post contains links and images BoeingPride800 : FL 732 SYR-MCO View Large View MediumPhoto © Michael F. McLaughlin US (MetroJet) 732 SYR-MCO View Large View MediumPhoto © Howard Chaloner T
34 Post contains images Broke : The first time I flew on an aircraft that was about to be retired occurred in April, 1960. (Yes, airplanes were flying back then ) It from from DCA to
35 AeroWesty : My last 707 flight occurred in March 1982 on TWA STL-SFO. Memorable to this day for having to sit on the ground late at night while a lightening squal
36 Post contains links and images NW727251ADV : Northwest Airlines 727-200 flight from BWI-DTW on a trip to New Orleans in August of 1998. My first flight ever and I was so thrilled that it was on a
37 Post contains links and images LO231 : As for me: LOT Antonov AN-24 WAW-GDN, 1992 View Large View MediumPhoto © Jukka Huppunen LOT Tupolev-154M WAW-GDN, 1992 View Large View MediumPhot
38 Gunsontheroof : Wasn't keeping track of regs/flight numbers at the time, but I flew HA DC-10s and DC-9s on SEA-HNL-OGG-HNL-SEA back in 2001.
39 Post contains images NWA757boy : the DC10-40s have been gone for a few years now...just the 30s are left....and come March1st will be my last time on one...AMS-MEM : ( great bird...m
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