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Rarest Airplane You Have Flown On?  
User currently offlineSkaggs From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 144 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 13073 times:

North American F-100F Super Sabre for me. ADS-OKC in 34 minutes.



[Edited 2004-01-24 03:16:28]


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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12886 times:

Not too "rare," but I flew on an Air France A320-100 from FCO-CDG in August of 2001.


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12874 times:

I think I'll probably take the cake in this post...  Big thumbs up

The rarest plane I have ever flown on is the Douglas C-41A. It was used as a VIP transport for the secretary of war in WWII, only one was built. Although externally similar to the C-47, DC-3, R4D, etc...it is indeed quite different.



[Edited 2004-01-24 02:53:31]

User currently offlineSLCPilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12805 times:

Good thread !!

Rarest airliner: Stinson Tri-motor

Rarest turbine airliner as a pax: BAC 1-11 or F-27 (not sure of production numbers)

Rarest as a static display airplane: Tu-144D

Rarest by manufacturer: any one of about 10 homebuilts I've flown in....(this is kinda of a "trick" answer, as the builder is listed as the manufacturer by the FAA).

SLCPilot



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User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12722 times:

Delta's "Soaring Spirit" 777-200ER, when it was in the Olympic c/s. MCO-ATL.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12717 times:

Grumman Mallard...not really that rare...

Greg



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User currently offline737captain From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12702 times:

737-300..........lol


i think there are only what? hundreds on a day to day basis in PHX alone!? lol  Smile
Cheers

[Edited 2004-01-24 03:23:28]


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User currently offlineBGR1962 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12701 times:

Don't think you'll top this one.

I flew on a B-17 Fly Fortress from Owls Head to Bangor, we buzzed John Travolta's home on one the islands off Rockland. I hope he was there to enjoy it. We had a B-24 Liberator flying just off wing must have been an incredible site.

http://www.collingsfoundation.org/ is link to the organization that flys them.

I also flew from Machu Picchu to Cusco on this Russian Mi-17 http://www.shieldsaroundtheworld.com/pichtml/p0001781.html that was a fun one also.

[Edited 2004-01-24 03:56:37]

User currently offlineDAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12677 times:
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The rarest plane I ever flew on was on a Convair CV990 operated by Spantax, a defunct Spanish charter airline . I flew JFK-MAD in June 1978 to visit for the summer two years after my family moved to the United States. I was only seven at the time but I clearly remember having to land in the Azores on the return trip in order to refuel. Those Convair's were real fuel hogs!

I also was lucky to fly on N747PA in August of 1988 MAD-JFK. This was a PanAm Boeing 747-121 msn19639 line#2 which is the oldest 747 after the prototype. It was named Clipper Juan T. Trippe after the airline's founder and someone posted recently that it was converted into a restaurant in Korea.


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User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12643 times:

For me:

flown in airplane:Piper Archer, in fact that's a flown it airplane Smile

flown in airliner:A330, also happened to be first delivered

static in museum:Comet/Concorde/Vulcan (not sure on numbers)


User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12636 times:

A PBA DC-3 from BOS-PVC-BOS back in 1980. Pretty cool for even back then! Big grin


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User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12617 times:

Rarest airplane i've flown in would be the Grumman Cougar- there weren't too many of those produced. And i also flew in a vintage 1960's model Cessna 210 which was in pretty bad shape.

Rarest airliner would be the DC-10-30 if you could call that rare lol


User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12562 times:

The rarest airplane that I have ever flown on would be Concorde.

EmiratesA345 Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1964 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12544 times:

I flew on a Swissair Convair CV-990, from Bombay to Zurich via Beirut and Geneva, back in 1968.

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User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1629 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12503 times:

Although not too rare, I'd have to say it's the Ford Tri-Motor (1929). Maybe it's the Stinson Reliant, though (I think it was a 1937). Both were a joy to fly in.
-N243NW Big grin



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User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12463 times:

Flyf15,

The rarest plane I have ever flown on is the Douglas C-41A.

I believe C-41 was the designation given to the Douglas Sleeper Transport - which was the name of the first DC-3s. Some were requisitioned by the US Army in 1941. They can be identified by the small windows above every second main cabin window. They were provided for passengers occupying the upper berths.


User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3741 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12443 times:

I get to fly a few old and/or rare propliners such as the Nord 262A, the Let 410 and F-27...


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User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12447 times:

My rarest airliner is the Lockheed 10A Electra. CF-TCC was originally owned by Trans Canada Airlines and was restored by Air Canada who use it for charity sight-seeing flights - crewed by AC Pilots. When I flew in it in 1999 we had a 747 Captain in the left seat and a 767 Captain acting as first officer.

User currently offlineANX4fishing From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12444 times:

I flew a really rare Tu-134 once in the 80's, POW-OSL. The rare Tu-134 was the one that got us home without incident. I've flown some of those Aviogenex russkies as a young adult. Never again.

User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2693 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12419 times:

Avions Mudry Cap-10b, currently the worldwide fleet of 38 is grounded due to cracks in the spars. I got about 15 hours in them though, and it was a lot of fun.


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User currently offlineType-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4974 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12401 times:

Ford Tri-Motor... Back in the 70's there was a guy on the air show circuit with one. He took people for rides for a few bucks. I told him I was a commercial pilot and he asked me what I flew (Piper Navajo at the time). I told him what I was currently flying and he said to sit up in the front with him. Shortly after takeoff he said "The aircraft is yours"! So I can say I actually rode in it as well as flew it! That was a memory that will last a lifetime!


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12393 times:

New Standard D-25-A Biplane built in 1931, operated by Waldo Wright's Flying Service:

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One of five D-25-As built (different engine than the standard D-25), one of four New Standard D-25 biplanes flying today.


Ford Trimotor 5-AT-74 built in 1929 operated by Grand Canyon Airlines:

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One of six known Ford Trimotors still flying.
This one has quite a colorful history:
http://www.grandcanyonairlines.com/about_us/N414H_info/index.html


User currently offlineFreshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12374 times:

Rarest airplane would have to be a Air Inter Super 12

User currently offlineJahckass From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12343 times:

dc-3 delta ship 41 last year sfb- sfb about a 15 min flight. what a piece of machinery

User currently offlineAirbrasil From Brazil, joined Nov 2003, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12323 times:

Era Aviation DC-3: ANC-ENA-ANC last rev pax DC-3 in the u.s

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Varig L-188 ELECTRA: SDU-CGH first and last electra to fly in brasil

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Reeve Aleutian Airways L-188 ELECTRA: ANC-CDB last rev pax electra in north america

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Maya Island Aiways C-208 CARAVAN: CUK-BZE just a hard acft to fly

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Horizon F-28: SEA-PDX not sure but one of the last f-28 in the u.s

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Desert Air DASH-6: LAS SKYDIVE got to jump from 15.000 ft to fly on that one!

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25 FlyingNanook : Common up here, but not in the lower 48: AS 737-200 combi, my favorite plane. I've flown on this several times from FAI-ANC and back. Alaska Air is th
26 BWIA 772 : L1011- 500 rarest of the jumbo tri jets. (i miss the Tristar) 737- 200 in the late 90s NAMC- YS11A 500 (was suprised at the quality of the flight it
27 PA34plt : Mooney Porsche, If I'm not mistaken only 49 were made. Virtually all have been re-purchased by Porsche. I got to personally fly 6MP on several occasio
28 Pouyazad : You know Iran Air still uses 747SPs and 737-200s. I've been on each of them so many times in domestic and international flights.
29 Post contains links and images Kingsford : This one shortly before it went out of service, from SYD to CNS, and in business class on the very front cabin : It was awesome ! My dream come true..
30 Post contains links and images Skibo777 : -North American P-51D, LN1451D, "Saturday Night Special View Large View MediumPhoto © Chris Markerson -Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, The infamous
31 Post contains links and images Ushermittwoch : It's not that rare but it is still pretty special for me. Flew BOS-KEF-LUX on one of these beauties. View Large View MediumPhoto © Eduard Marmet
32 Bluewave 707 : A TWA CV-880 from SFO to LAX in 1972. The flight continued on to STL
33 Icarus75 : I've flown several times between PGF and ORY with Air Inter on Mercure and Caravelle
34 Kaitak : I flew on the America West 737-100 in December 1999 (I think) - it was about a month or two before it was retired. In December 2002, I flew on a KLM 7
35 Post contains links and images Ryanair737 : Airtours International Boeing 747-219B ZK-NZZ MAN-TFS-MAN This aircraft was only leased for 1 summer in 1998, and I managed to fly on it! View Large V
36 Tolosy : a mercure air inter TLS - CDG
37 Tolosy : a mercure air inter TLS - CDG
38 Viper777 : Hi All, Douglas DC-3 (Air Atlantique - STN to RNAS Yeovilton - August 1985) DHC-6 Twin Otter (Scenic - Grand Canyon to LAS - October 1991) Republic Tw
39 CTB763 : OO-TEF Airbus A300B1 Trans European Airways BRU-PMI
40 Post contains images BMAbound : The first AC I ever had the chance to actually control was a AN-2, the biggest single engine bi-plane in the world. Not too rare, but it sure was fun.
41 Jan Mogren : Johan, which one is that? /JM
42 Kilavoud : I flew in July 1970 from Delhi to Katmandu (DEL-KTM 817 km) with an airplane from Royal Nepalese Airways. It was not a jet, but a turboprop and was lo
43 Post contains links and images FinnWings : My rarest is Finnish Air Force Valmet Redigo L-90TP... It was a training flight at Lapland Air Squadron and F/A 18 Hornet flew with us just next to ou
44 Ftrguy : Flew on a NAMC YS-11 from Honolulu to Lihue in 1987. Very interesting plane!!!
45 Jan Mogren : Kilavoud That should be a Twin Otter. /JM
46 BMAbound : Jan, hate to say it, but I missed out on the registration. However, there can't be too many Vertols stationed at Säve, so there shouldn't be too much
47 Panam64 : For me, The 707 heehee. A flight on Independent Airlines from St Louis to Cancun Mexico. I also belive that this aircraft crashed in the Azores.
48 PSAHO88 : SAS DC9 srs 21 Turku -Stockholm Arlanda in April 2000 SAS DC9 srs 41 Stockholm Arlanda- Ostersund in August 2000
49 Aa61hvy : Ba 742 Chelsea Rose BOM-LHR 9 hour flight in Biz
50 Airshowdawg : North American AT-6 Karl
51 JetChaser : A PBA DC-3 from PVT-BOS-PVT in the 80's. I wonder if Iflyatldl was on my flight? JetChaser
52 FFlyer : T-6, Fouga Magister, Caravelle, DC-3, Convair Metropolitan
53 RL757PVD : I too have flown DL ship 41 the DC-3, it was a quick 20 min flight around DAB, then I havent flown on, but have been inside Travolta's 707 N707JT
54 Post contains links and images Pilottim747 : Convair 580 for ERA Aviation, N565EA. View Large View MediumPhoto © Dmitry Kudryn pilottim747
55 Post contains images Pilawt : The McCulloch J-2 Gyroplane was an autogyro powered by a 180-hp Lyc. O-360 with a wooden pusher propeller, lift supplied by an autorotating rotor syst
56 BR715-A1-30 : For me, FL DC9-32. Wasn't rare when I flew on it, but now it is.
57 RayPettit : re: flight from Delhi to Nepal. Royal Nepal did not get their Twin Otters until summer 1971, but the flight in question was the previous summer. So wh
58 Bwc1976 : Planes that weren't uncommon at the time, but I'll probably never get to fly in again: Northwest 727 from MSP to GRR. American Fokker 100 from DFW to
59 MSYtristar : Northwest DC9-40's and Delta L1011-500's, that's about it for me as far as rare aircraft are concerned. Steve/New Orleans
60 Post contains links and images Wannabe : Back in the late 70's, I got a 45 minute ride in a 1941 Waco UPF7, which was an old AAF trainer. (Not this particular airplane, but one just like it,
61 Coronado : I have very faint memories but in 1956 when I was 2 1/2 not quite 3 I went on my first a/c ride- a VASP Scandia--these were built in Sweden and I dont
62 N754pr : It would have to be a ANK YS-11 for me.
63 B777FA : Rarest planes for me: Air Florida DC-10 MAN-MIA-MAN Aeroflot IL-86 LGW-SVO-LGW BAC-111 (BA and BCAL) MAN-LHR-MAN
64 Post contains links and images JJeff : Not so unique compared to many above but these are my most rare: BA BAC111, ZHR-LHR, 1979 View Large View MediumPhoto © Eduard Marmet UA 747SP,
65 Jan Mogren : re DEL-KTM Ray, you are correct, the Twin Otters had not yet arrived by then. They did operate three F27's but according to TAHS Turbo Prop Airliner P
66 BWIA330 : For me it would have to be the YS-11 from Air Caribbean that I took on my flight from Tobago back to Trinidad in 1999. Regards, BWIA330
67 Ryangooner : An Indonesian airline - Air Mark - Casa 212 All i can think of right now Ryan
68 AlitaliaMD11 : hey for me the Concorde. and Contiental 747-200 C5 (galaxy) i have flown a lot of regualr planes. But then again i am only 14.
69 Logos : Okay, I'll bite. A Delta CV-880 from SFO-DAL (I was only 2 at the time - early 60s) A North Central CV-580 from MSN-ORD in 1976 A Royal Jordanian L-10
70 Conair : Mil 2 Half hour Flight over Leningrad (St Petersburg )August 1991 Ford Tri Motor Sun N Fun Lakeland 1994 IL86 Aeroflot LHr -LEN Aug 1991 TU154 AFL Len
71 SA006 : SAA 747-SP SAA Historic Flight DC-3 African International DC-8 Jumpseat on an Olympic 737-200 SAAF C-130 And the rarest SAAF 707 Rgds SA006
72 M404 : 1957 Wien Airlines Curtiss C-46 Fairbanks-Kotzebue-Nome (crew dove "under the artic circle going up and over coming back. That was exciting for my ver
73 Post contains images A330Fan1 : Oddest ones (out of the ones I've been, these have been the least amount I've been on): A330, 2X Swiss ZRH-BOM and DEL-ZRH, August 2002 MD11, 4x China
74 Post contains images A340600 : Tower Air B747-100 Sam
75 Safety1 : These are the ones that I can remember that I have flown in BAC 1-11 British Caledonian LGW-CDG-LGW B747-121 Pan-Am LHR-MIA-LHR DC-3 Air Atlantique (n
76 Afay1 : Aeroflot-Don TU-134-A, and Aeroflot-Don TU-154-B-2
77 JGPH1A : Safair 707 FAWK-FAGF vv Safair L100 FAWK-FAGF vv FAWK-FAOA, FAOA-FARU-FAMP-FAJS SAAF C160 FAWK-FAGF-FAOA DH Tiger Moth (Nowra NSW) DC-3 (SYD Bankstown
78 Post contains images Fritzi : A C185F Glider! We recieved a high oil pressure indication at about 200 ft during landing, so my friend cut the engine and landed softly on in the wat
79 Post contains images UTa_FLYinghigh : Dalavia Tupolev TU-214 for me : Will
80 TriStarEnvy : CIVIL:Not too rare, but the airline was. Mackey DC-8 1980. Rare military aircraft I've been in: As a kid, a Consolidated Catalina at a Confederate Air
81 SlamClick : Never actually took it airborne but it was a twin-engined Beechcraft. One turbine and one liquid-cooled recip. 16800 lbs gross weight. 202 inches long
82 XAAAM : For me a Gruman 1 turboprop owned by the company that my dad used to work for. Commercial an Aeromexico DC8 MEX-JFK.
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