UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5680 times:
What are the planes that gave you your first inspiration to become an aviation enthusiast. Which planes have you paid close attention to the development of and final production, and which airplane can you speculate will be the last one off the line when you die?
My plane that got me interested:
The Delta Lockheed L-1011.
My first Widebody: Delta 767-200
My first "From Dream to Reality" plane: The 777
And finally, the last plane I'll see: The Successor to the 777/A380
BNAflyer78 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5546 times:
The two planes that lured me into aviation were the 727 and MD-80. I still get giddy when I ear the whine of the 727 around the airport, or look up to see one on final....too bad they are disappearing so quickly.
First widebody: Eastern A300
Dream to reality aircraft were the A320 & 777
And who knows where aviation will go in the future...I just hope I'm around to see it!
KiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2166 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5535 times:
Concorde. I remember seeing it in a magazine, featured in a Benson & Hedges advertisement. My parents were very concerned that their 4 year old had a cigarette advertisement taped to the wall next to his bed. The interest grew from there.
Bit less inspiring now that there are none flying. And I think in my teens was more excited about B747
Grantcv From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5522 times:
The planes that first inspired me:
The planes that inspired me:
707 - My uncle taught me how to draw it
727 - The first plane that I flew on - and it went into service the day I was born.
747 - I was so excited to see it in second grade I left my classroom to see it fly overhead. (And I was present at the 744 premiere event)
My first widebody: A300B2K
From dream to reality: B757/B767
The last plane I hope to see (although not likely): A true successor to the Concorde.
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5437 times:
I hate to show my age here but here we go..
Started my interest...TWA Connies and Braniff Convairs
Got me HOT....Continental Viscounts (the noise)..then camethe jets(more noise)
I still love......DC 9...Its sounds like the past(60's).
Like to die on....regress back to ..........the Connie.... not in a wreck..just die on it. safe
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1912 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5390 times:
First of all, I want to share this pic with you guys, very bad quality since its 19 years old and I don't have a scanner:
That guy over there is my dad, holding a Viasa airplane in one hand, and in the other arm, he was holding ME! one day after I was born!!! So, you guys have a clear reason of why I like airplanes, dont yaall?
EADC8 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5384 times:
Have to chime in on this one.
First flight was an Eastern DC-8 JFK-HOU (I think) in 1968. I was only 3 at the time so I don't remember much about it.
The one that started it all was an Eastern 727-200 in 1972. EWR-IAH. I was 7 at the time and I remember walking into the cabin and thinking that I was going on some kind of spaceship. It is an image that will be burned into my brain until the day I die. We sat all the way at the back of the plane with the engine right outside the window. We stopped at DUL enroute due to fuel issues and I will never forget hearing that reverse thrust. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
My first widebody was a Delta L-1011 in November 1977. EWR-ATL-IAH. FL#1115. Sat in coach but in front of the #3 engine, so I got to hear that widebody whine on takeoff from inside. I thought that was the coolest thing ever too.
Flew on my first DC-10 on the same trip. National 182. IAH-MSY-TPA enroute to what was them FMY. (Fort Meyers)
Planes I hope to be on before the end? Well, the 777 is a must, and hopefully the A-380, or what ever else the future may hold.
ZChannel From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5267 times:
Planes that got me interested? The Hughes Airwest "Flying Bananas" going in and out of Burbank back in the day. For some reason, the idea of an all yellow airplane really struck a chord with this kid. After that, I was hooked.
First remembered flight: UA routing LAX-DEN-FWA in the early eighties. LAX to DEN was a 727, but I don't remember what the DEN-FWA flight was. I would guess it was probably another 727. Someone here probably knows what plane UA used to put on that route.
First widebody? A UA 747 routing LAX-ORD while in utero in the mid seventies. My mother was sure it was a 747 because she said it was a continuation of a flight from Hawaii and Mahi-Mahi was served. Apparently the plane hit severe turbulence and my old man got really airsick. The first widebody I remember was a DL 767 (can't remember which series) routing CVG-LAX. Happy to say I did get to fly the L-1011 once (also DL equipment) from ATL-LAX.
Favorite plane: I would have to say the 757, although I think the 777 is a magnificent machine. It amazes me the 777 can squeeze so much range out of just two engines (and I did got to fly one DFW-LAX on AA in first class. Quite an experience for someone who usually sits towards the back of the bus)...