Momona737 From New Zealand, joined Aug 2004, 17 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1951 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???
Fokker50 From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 359 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1523 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.
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5 Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1417 times:
My KLM wings!!!
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.
OnlyWay2Fly From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 30 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1333 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.