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What Was Your Favorite TWA A/c  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3621 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

I know there are a lot of TWA topic posted but I just wanted to know what airliner was your favorite from TWA. For me in would have to be the Boeing 747. The 747 was TWA flag ship, it was used on transatlantic routes and routes to Hawaii. The 747 pilots got paid better than any body in TWA. The L1011 was good but they was mostly domestic airliner to me and not as prestigious.

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User currently offlineGoldenTale737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

I am going to have to go with the 727-200.
Growing up near Houston's Hobby airport, I got a chance to see a daily dose of those for awhile as they had flights to STL and JFK.

Those were the days.

The thing I do remember about them is that they always looked dirty, but nonetheless it was my favorite TWA aircraft.

GT_737


User currently offlineQwerty From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 386 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

717, simply because I think their colors looked better on the 717 than anyone else.

User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1606 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

They don't come any more beautiful than this:
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User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3024 times:


I wish I'd have flown on a Connie..I recall hearing my dad talk of
flying them when he'd fly SFO-JFK (when it was Idlewild, of course)..for
me, it was the L1011..absolutely loved it. Second would be the 707.



Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineTan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3005 times:

My vote goes to the 707! While the Connies were graceful and elegant, the 707 put TWA on the worlds stage. For a while on the 60's and early 70's there was a TWA 707 landing/taking off from most major cities in the US and dozens of nations around the globe.

I think TWA operated a total of 88 707's at the peak of its use in the fleet. Maybe someone has the exact numbers/breakdown.
I remember reading about their first 707..flew one round trip between SFO and Idelwild for a month( the first month) without one cancelation or problem.This happened when HH was in a legal tuft with the banks about financing the rest of the original 707 order.

I'd also give an honorable mention to the 747, and Convair 880...both graceful airliners ..the 880 looked futuristic in its own way with the "Starstream 880"
paint scheme.


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User currently offlineVc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1411 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2998 times:

For me it also has to be the Lockheed Constellation, and then the B707, but perhaps that is a sign of my age.
I remember once back in the late 60's when we were at Shannon on Training flights,a TWA 707 came on the radio and said " Shannon tower this is the WORLD requesting permission to start engines" The request was acknowledge without hesitation. A few moments later a BOAC aircraft called up with the request " Shannon tower this is just little England, but can we start our engines"
Every thing seemed so much more lay back then  Smile

Be Happy little vc10


User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

I always liked the 747SP in TWA colours, don't know if it was just because they're weren't many of them around.
Of course the L1011 was another favourite (and a classic image of the 70's and 80's).



Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineAndersjt From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2962 times:

My first and favorite experience with TWA was on a 707 from LAS to ABQ. In fact, ABQ was a focus city for TWA in the early days. As a kid I remember seeing all the 707's and 727's around the old satellite terminal. Last time I was in ABQ (May 2003) I thought they still had the sign up for the Ambassador Club.

Rode their 1011 from DEN to SLC once (1983) and enjoyed that. It was a continuation from FRA-JFK-DEN then final in SLC.



Oh how I long for the day when the skies were truly Friendly!
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2937 times:

My first ever flight was on a TWA L-1011, on June 12, 1976 from LAX-BOS. My dad worked for Lockheed for 25 years, so it's a no-brainer which one my favorite was:


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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2501 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

The 727! Hands down! Flew several out of STL. However, I have to agree that they were the dirtiest SOBs, exterior-wise, that I have ever seen!

Rgds,

Greg



DC-8 61/63/71 DC-9-30/50 MD-80/82/83 DC-10-10/30 MD-11 717 721/2 732/3/4/5/G/8/9 741/2/4 752 762/3 777 A306/319/20/33 AT
User currently offlineArgento From Argentina, joined Feb 2000, 230 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2915 times:

By far L-1011 & Super Constelations.
Best design jetliner & propliner.


User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1384 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2899 times:

It would have to be the L1011 followed by the 747-100/200's, you just cant beat a RB211-22B on startup(the resonation that thing makes you could hear/ for miles and you definately felt it if you were in a building near a startup) or Pratts on the early 747 at takeoff power.


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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2438 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2892 times:

For me the Constellation. I have a picture of the TWA Constellation hanging in my office.


Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
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