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What Was Your Most Interesting/fun Flight?  
User currently offlineAirSpare From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 589 posts, RR: 6
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5518 times:

For me it had to be an "Incentive Flight" in a T-38.

I would sell my children  Smile for a flight with Bob Hoover.


Get someone else for your hero worship fetish
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User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5515 times:

In 2001 or 2002 on an TS flight from PVR-YYZ we flew first class. The seats were so comfortable. The flight attendant came back to us every 10 minutes or so asking if we wanted anything. I had at least a dozen containers of mixed nuts.  yummy   cloudnine  If 2001 it was L1011. If 2002 was A310.


Avoid hangovers, stay drunk.
User currently offlineFlyMatt2Bermud From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 563 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5514 times:

December 25, 1979

I had a priority cargo (8 lb package) charter in a Beech A36 to Boston, MA (BOS) from Lexington, KY (LEX). I was able to bring my dad along. On the return from BOS was around 8 pm and their was very little air traffic. To my surprise ATC cleared me direct to La Guardia at 6,000 msl. The weather was CAVU. Flying directly over the city of New York and seeing the lights at that altitude with my father was the proudest moment of my career.

Second to that was July 8, 1977 when Olive Ann Beech delivered the keys to that aircraft following lunch at the Beechcraft factory in Wichita.



"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward" Leonardo Da Vinci
User currently offlineOutlier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5510 times:

A couple I'll never forget:

Arrived at the airport one morning to find about 100 GIs waiting in their winter gear - polar fleece, parkas, etc. for the first flight. We boarded and I was in a middle seat between two of the guys. They told me they'd been up since 02:00 and were flying down to another post for a few days of training.

By the time we took off I had one sleeping head on each shoulder.
It was an extraordinarily quiet, warm, cozy, flight.

Another time I found myself on a flight with a good number of guys going down to one of those Promise Keepers gatherings, lay people, ministers, etc. Certainly had a spiritual feeling.

Their leader, or the main cheerleader guy stands up while we were still at the gate and addressed the plane load of his fellows: "If God decides to call us home today we're ready!" clapping and amens.

FA calls out "Maybe you guys would like to take the next flight?"


User currently offlineTimePilot From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5485 times:

Any flight where the FAs take time out to talk is fun. I usually fly alone and it can get boring watching the same movies over and over again. On some airlines the FAs just do their job and their disappear in the back, on others they shoot the .. breeze and relax.

User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5481 times:

I think mine was the very last BOS - LAX flight that DL operated. The loads were so low that there were more crew on the plane than passengers. Once airborne, the F/A's sat all 5 of us passengers in first, and then hung out with us. Even the Captain came back to chat with us for a few minutes. It was an excellent flight, and I made a very good friend in one of my fellow passengers that day; we're still in touch.

User currently offlineFlyMatt2Bermud From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 563 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5473 times:

Quoting TimePilot (Reply 4):
Any flight where the FAs take time out to talk is fun. I usually fly alone and it can get boring watching the same movies over and over again. On some airlines the FAs just do their job and their disappear in the back, on others they shoot the .. breeze and relax

Allow me to provide you with a guaranteed attention getter. For 30 years I've travelled on business around the globe. Several years ago First Class became full of the 'club' members with upgrade status (myself included as this was the only way I ever was moved up). Anyway as I saw First Class service diminish, I also noticed more and more rude travellers trying to pin their travel agents blunders on the FA's. So I countered these inconsiderates with my thanks and appreciation for the FA's being there 'just in case an emergency requires their professional intervention.' I found that giving a package of M&M peanuts greatly validated my position. Soon I discovered that by bringing a package of M&M peanuts for every FA and delivering them to each one prior to the flight with my explanation that "I appreciate them being there for our safety" basically established me as their own preferred customer and I end up receiving as much attention as I ever hoped for no matter what seat I happen to be sitting.


Coach Ticket JFK-LAX $448
8 Packages of M&M's $5
Free headsets, drinks and
endless FA attention (anyseat) Priceless



"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward" Leonardo Da Vinci
User currently offlineOutlier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5465 times:

Quoting FlyMatt2Bermud (Reply 6):
Soon I discovered that by bringing a package of M&M peanuts for every FA and delivering them to each one prior to the flight with my explanation that "I appreciate them being there for our safety" basically established

Ahh, so you're the guy who is always wondering up and down the aisles getting in the way of boarding!  Wink

Seriously now, when do you have time to do this before pushing back?


(Oh, and a big AGREE on the level of rudeness. Never have so many pretended to have so little brains. Well, maybe they aren't pretending..)


User currently offlineBA286 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5461 times:

1. The first time I flew on a 747...i was 13 i think and it seemed to be the best thing that ever happened to me (at the time).
2. The time i got to fly on a ATR-42-300 with GLOBUS and i got to see everthing going on in the cockpit during the flight as there were no doors  Smile
3. Last January when I was on my way back from London in World Traveler Plus on BA. They overbooked WTP so they upgraded me to Club World.
BA286



E190 A318 A319 A320 A343 ATR42 717 732 733 734 735 737 738 744 752 772 DC-10 MD-11
User currently offlineFlyMatt2Bermud From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 563 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5450 times:

Quoting Outlier (Reply 7):
Ahh, so you're the guy who is always wondering up and down the aisles getting in the way of boarding!

I hate it when people block the aisles and delay boarding. Hopefully I stay out of the way. I usually preboard prior to the crowd, however should the aisle fill in behind you, the FA you just gave a pack of M&Ms to won't mind if you grab that seat in the last row until everything settles down.



"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward" Leonardo Da Vinci
User currently offlineAri From UK - England, joined May 2005, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5438 times:

Hmmm...well my most interesting and fun flight would be everytime i go flying with the RAF!I'm part of my school CCF and go flying around 3 times a year in a Grob Tutor(i think!) and its soooo cool!!We do acrobatics and zero-g stuff and you get to do it yourself!Better than anything i've done in my life!

aRi


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5432 times:

Flying from BNE to SYD on a Qantas 747 in 1982. We had just left BNE after crossing the Pacific from SFO and HNL. The new crew took over and over the Gold Coast they advised us that they were taking the plane down to 500 ft for 10 minutes. What a experience, looking out and seeing people on the beach point at us. The pilot announced it was something they had to do once a year.

User currently offlineMrElmore From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5400 times:

One of the more interesting flights I took recently was on an Alaska Airlines 737 between OAK and PDX. It was an early afternoon flight and it was delayed. There was some kind of mechanical issue and they had to bring a part in from Seattle. The Alaska gate agents got to work rescheduling passengers on other flights and other airlines. I didn't have anything else to do that afternoon, so I just waited for my flight. Hours ticked by and the flight still didn't go. More and more passengers were rerouted. Finally, at about 9 PM, we were ready to go and we boarded the plane. Only about eight of us passengers were left. Alaska offered to upgrade all of us to first, but I decided to stay in coach. It was me and two flight attendants back there. I've never flown in an empty plane before and it was very strange. Where were the crying babies? The tired businessmen? The tourists coming home from vacation? I looked around the dark, quiet cabin and saw nothing but empty seats as we lifted off the runway and headed north. It was the most relaxing trip I've taken in a long time!

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