that feeling of beeing pulled on the string and getting airborne and than experiencing multi G tight turns can simply not be compared to regular airline flying. Also the all around view is so astonishing.
StarAlly From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 43 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3131 times:
My FRA-ORD flight on AA. This was the most turbulent flight I ever experienced. It seemed like the entire 9 hours was spent shaking and rocking. Constant dropping and rising in altitude. Definitely my most memorable.
Pulkovokiwi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3110 times:
First class Pan Am DC7C Auckland -Pago Pago January 1965. AKL-PPT First Class in Air NZ DC10 Easter 1974 including much time in the cockpit. Lockheed Starlifter test flight over AKL June 1966. Fokker F28 Test flight over AKL 1968.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3107 times:
1. BRU-ATL on SN back in June 1999. My best friend, a middle agend American lady, and some other German guy. We had a four-seat middle row and we laughed our asses of for 95% of the whole flight time because we drunk like there was no tomorrow.
TuffGong From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 472 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3103 times:
July 2 2004 LAX - AKL on NZ economy. There was 20 of us flying from YLW all the way down to MEL and this leg was by far the best, just the feeling of going over the largest body of water in the world and being on my favourite aircraft, the 747-400 was all just a thrill.
Joffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 775 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3098 times:
Back in 2000 I was lucky enough to travel on a QF 743 from SYD-MEL. Because the plane was 3 hours late we were given the option to transfer on a domestic 763 or wait and accept vouchers. All the other passengers travelled back on the 763, so we waited at the airport, used our vouchers...
We then were bussed from the intl terminal because, for some reason, the 747 was waiting in the domestic terminal.
There were only 40 passengers on that flight. I also got to see the cockpit and overtake an impulse airlines 717.
Thepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3091 times:
It would either have to be my first solo (cross country or normal), or a recent flight with my friend. The look in her eyes as we flew around Seattle was great. Commercially, it would have to be the infamous EWR-SIN flight. Service was great, I love the A345!
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3083 times:
May 1982 QF from SFO-HNL-BNE-SYD. On the last leg the pilot brought the 742 down to 500ft above the ocean along the Gold Coast. The people on the beach were pointing at us. The pilot told us it was something they had to do once a year? Have no idea if it was true or not, but it was an interesting experience.
Ehrbear From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3075 times:
No. 1 - my first solo flight. Three circuits of the airfield without the instructor sitting on my right. During the second downwind, I looked at the empty seat and realized that if I messed up there was nobody to bail me out. Actually, I was so focused that all went quite well. I think anyone who has soloed could relate to the feeling of accomplishment when you shut down the aircraft and step out onto the tarmac. Further, who hasn't walked away from the plane and not taken a glance back and smiled with pride?
No. 2 - having a jackrabbit being chased by a coyote come running down the runway (at twilight) as I was landing at a rural airfield. It was the strangest thing and a bit unnerving as the hare ran underneath the prop. The coyote was a bit smarter and veered away before I hit him. BTW, the jackrabbit didn't get nicked by the prop. I assume it lived as I didn't see any evidence to the contrary.
No. 3 - fast-building T-storm over Winnipeg while riding in a 727. Things were a little bumpy at first, then all hell broke loose. The right wing dropped severely and we dropped down in altitude. Anything unsecured flew to that side of the plane (including cups of hot coffee). No serious injuries, but everyone was a little nervous for the remainder of the trip. The captain came on the intercom and apologized saying that the storm was building much faster than they anticipated. Weather radar has improved since those days.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1389 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3060 times:
1. Flying over the Saraha Desert on KLM in route to Kenya. I recall seeing the coast and then the desert sands.
2. Back in the 80s I was on Alaska from Burbank to Oakland. We stopped in Long Beach on the way up. We flew low over the entire LA basin.
3. Seeing Mexico City from the air at night...what a sight!
Dispatchguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1185 posts, RR: 2 Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3031 times:
Memorable in a bad way - Hawaiian Airlines DC-8, N1807, 2/5/91, PHL-KEF, reporting for duty at NAS Keflavik for my 12 month remote tour. I hated that place.
Memorable in good way - Hawaiian Airlines DC-8, N1807, 2/5/92, KEF-PHL, rotating off the rock.
Memorable in a memorable way - I was in the jumpseat one night in 1993 YYZLAX in a A320, about 5p local time, everything contrailing. We had a KLM 744 LAX bound about 60 miles ahead of us contrailing, a 733 just below us contrailing, all flying off into the sunset - was just beautiful.
Memorable in a holy crap way - jumpseating in an ATA MDWDFW in a B727 the sunday before 9/11. The touchdown zone RVR was at mininums, rollout greater than 6000 RVR due to an intense september Texas rainstorm at DFW - I'll never forget hearing the sheets of rain impacting the airframe at 150 knots.
Memorable in a funny way - jumpseating in a Comair CRJ200 ATWCVG one morning before daybreak. Fog everywhere; visibility was a generous 1/4 mile. The ATW runways are humped, to where from the threshold of 29, you cant see the opposite arrival end, were taxiing out, get our takeoff alternate, taxi into position, and as the captains reaches over to the thrust levers, since we cant see crap, he goes "I sure hope theres not a deer out here"
SDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3020 times:
Probably ARN-AMS-ORD on a KL 734 and a KL 743 in August 2003. I went to the US as a foreign exchange student and the flight across the atlantic was my first long-haul and my first on a widebody. Great flight although a very noisy plane!
Lordanmol From India, joined May 2005, 441 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2902 times:
First Class SIN-DEL-SIN we were really lucky cause we got an offer that buy 4 economy and get 2 business class seats within those 4 economy. So my dad decided with my love of aviation he gave me and my bro the economy and my parents took the business class. Though while comming back I offered them the first class but they declined
Wrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 10 Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2873 times:
Probably EDI-LSI via WIC, lovely scenery, my first propeller flight and had a very nice and pretty stewardess won't forget it for a long time
Either that or...
LHR-LAX , it was during the catering strike, lovely crew who completly made up for the loss of food and were always interested during my long talks with them, not only that but it's so far my longest flight, strong head winds made the total flight time 11hrs 30mins .
Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..