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Any Interesting Airline "souvenirs"?  
User currently offlineMomona737 From New Zealand, joined Aug 2004, 17 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

My first ever airline travel was with my Mum in the 1970's from NZ to USA and Europe, at the age of eight (three months off school - bliss!). In those days, there were plenty of stopovers and airline changes, eg. Auckland to Honolulu to LAX, LAX to JFK with an early morning fuel stop at St Louis, JFK to Schiphol. Return journey: Schiphol, Brussels,Tehran, Singapore, Sydney, Auckland.

Airlines: NAC (NZ domestic airline at the time), Air NZ, TWA, Pan Am, KLM, Sabena.

I still have many "souvenirs" I collected from this trip - ie. boarding passes, baggage labels, menu cards, toothpicks, Maori Tiki, travel tickets. Air NZ presented me with a "Junior Jet Club" badge and Flightlog book, and each subsequent year for several years following, I received a Birthday Card and regular newsletters from the club.

What I'll never forget about TWA was that tomato juice was the only non alcoholic drink on offer (previous forum topic). I hated tomato juice so my Mum drank the juice and I sucked on the three or four icecubes to quench my thirst!! However, they gave me an interesting book called "Flaps Ten" - an informative 32 page book about "TWA's Lockheed L-1011. The most advanced jetliner in the air."
All these items are safely stored in my travel scrapbook folder.

To this day, I have a grand collection of about 30 airline teaspoons, airline cups, flight safety cards, packets of playing cards, sugar/salt/pepper sachets. Thanks to a friend at aircraft engineering workshop, I have a pitot probe from an ATR72 which was struck by lightning, and a perspex B737 window (not sure what series). Am I mad or what???

Does anyone else have unusual souvenirs of interest???  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Regards, Maria



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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

Close to 1,000 safety cards, and six big plastic bins full of various airline items, not to mention magazines, trays, blankets, pillows, and numerous binders that include other materials.

Some of my favorite items are:
-FA Manuals/Emergency Procedures
-Demo oxygen mask, seat belt, life vest
-TWA galley oven
-British Airways Concorde galley container

-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineMomona737 From New Zealand, joined Aug 2004, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

Good for you, Safetydude - with your username, no wonder you like those Safety Cards. I have a few only, but one from a Royal NZ Air Force B727 you probably won't have in your collection.

I've got some a/c manuals on the B767s.

You've got some great items.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4737 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2705 times:
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I usually save at least one pack of peanuts and/or napkins from the snack service on each flight. I have Southwest peanuts that are like 10 years old.  Smokin cool

[Edited 2004-09-05 04:50:03]


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User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4373 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2688 times:

I have and ACES Colombia mug and champaign glass. Got them when they were being thrown out of the elite room after the bankruptcy.

User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2448 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2686 times:

ditto to the above...and if i am lucky the lav door.

XJR



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineInfiniti757 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2640 times:

I have an inflatable life vest from a Delta 767 trip back in my drunken college days. Yes, yes, I know it was irresponsible but I was 19 and stupid at the time.


Give me the luxuries in life and I will gladly do without the necessities. (Frank Lloyd Wright)
User currently onlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5815 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

My dad snagged me part of a nose-cone from a 727 that had been hit by lightning.........  Smile
Chuck



Semper Fi - PowerPoint makes us stupid.
User currently offlineAv8rDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 461 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2455 times:

I've just got some TWA napkins and a coffee cup with the old 70's logo. Also have a set of brass TWA wings- the official uniform type, not the kid-safe plastic kind.

Always wanted to take a couple safety cards and put them in the map pockets of the driver's and pax seat of my car. That way my backseat passengers will know I'm a certifiable airplane nerd.



Maintain thine airspeed, lest the Earth rise up and smite thee.
User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7194 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2429 times:

I have always been tempted by Safety Cards, but was concerned that it might be overlooked.

If god forbid the card was needed, I would hate to think that I had taken it.


User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

Despite the fact that some people would like safety card takers put on trial for murder, you have nothing to worry about as long as you take only a few, and none from the exit row.

Please do not start a fight with me over this.  Big grin

-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7194 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2384 times:

Safetydude

I promise not to start a fight.

Do you take the engines as well!!.

Seriously, did'nt anyone notice the oven disappearing, (a bit hard to hide it under your coat!!)


User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2382 times:

I promise not to start a fight.
Oh sorry, that was not meant for you; it was meant for those people that do not approve of safety card collecting.

Seriously, did'nt anyone notice the oven disappearing, (a bit hard to hide it under your coat!!)
The TWA Oven was acquired through a friend at a plane-scrap yard.

The galley container from Concorde was acquired via British Airways.

-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineFokker50 From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 359 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

I have some menus' an oxygen mask, a life best, two seat belts, 102 safety cards, thousands of in-flight magazines, also thousands of sickness bags, napkin boxes, mugs, Champaign glasses, some antiques, ant other items that are hard to remember.


Bogota, the South american gateway!
User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1483 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2324 times:

Among the more treasured stuff I have are:

- a pair of gold-coloured glass chopstick rests presented by Boeing to celebrate SIA's 50th Anniversary and the delivery of 9V-SQA (SIA's first B777)

- a pair of Airbus A340-300 champagne glasses presented by Airbus to SIA for the delivery of the first A340-300

- pewter name-card holder commemorating SIA's inaugural A340-500 LeaderShip nonstop flight from SIN-LAX (now that SIA has removed the "Leadership" name, it is even more treasured)

and I still love those airline-issued postcards.

KC Sim
Bangkok


User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3945 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

Years ago I acquired (can't remember how) a genuine black British Airways first-aid box.

As I'm not into collecting that kind of thing it eventually got binned during a recent house move.

Now watch someone say they've been after one of those for years now I've binned it...  Big grin

Cheers,

Rob K
Reporting live from downtown Dewsbury, West Yorks, UK.


User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

My KLM wings!!!  Wink/being sarcastic
I got one of those Junior Pilot thingies on a DC-10 flight from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon, in 1984. You can get these anywhere, but in this case I got them from the captain, together with a plane model, while sitting in the cockpit. I was 7. Makes them special for me.


User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2257 times:

I've got a gate sign from the old Northeastern Airlines days...big ole blue/grey round wooden sign.

Also have way too many manuals, stickers, safety cards, boarding passes, models, etc.

And my slides which are the most valuable...

Jeffrey



"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

I have a load of crockery from various airlines, a load of amenity packs from various airlines and classes - that sort of thing.


cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...
User currently offlineOnlyWay2Fly From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

Soap! From the 1970's when the lavs had dispensers that held small bars of soap wrapped with the airline logo. I have some bars from AA, Overseas National and Western.
Also lighters. My favorite is NWA Zippo with a red 707 tail and "Northwest Orient" on it.



Alas poor Western, I knew them well!
User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2174 times:

For a while in elementary school I had several wing sets on my backpack (NW, AA, and DL, I think).

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