FX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5301 times:
Good day folks. I don't always write on here very often but when I find a post that is interesting, I will hit it up. The future looks bright for aviation and those of us that are TRUE aviation enthusiasts. Yes I am from the United States but that does not mean that I have total loyalty everything American all the time. I do love all types of airplanes, some more than others. Although my username is that of a FedEx flight out of ONT, California because that is where I worked for the past 3 years, I now work for DHL. We operate an Astar 727 and an ABX Air 767. I spend every afternoon out at the 727, to hear that awesome sound every single day is truly an experience. The 727 is one of the best looking aircraft around. I like the design of the wing and the tail. Our other a/c on the other hand is not as interesting to look at. The 767 is a nice plane but I would much rather see an A330/340, DC/MD-10, MD-11, 747, or even an A380, YES an A380, that airplane is indescribable. I don't care how the politics of the industry affect the actual airplane itself. When I sit at the In-N-Out on Sepulveda near LAX, I don't look at that China Eastern A340-600 and say to myself wow that airplane sucks because it was built with subsidies from European countries, i just think that it is so cool to look at an airplane that massive and be in awe that something that weighs so much can become airborne. Yes I do believe that Airbus does receive subsidies from different European nations but to think that Boeing does not recieve anything from the U.S. government is to be totally naive. Both companies build great products, it is not as if Airbus or Boeing airplanes just fall out of the sky.
Last week I stayed up until 0130 local time, last wednesday to witness the first flight of the A380 on television, wish I could have been there but at least I will get the chance to see one at LAX sometime. I felt alot of pride as a human being to see that airplane take off, yes it is not the most attractive A/C around but that is ok because it has a look all its own. For those who wished that it would have failed last week are just a disgrace to people everywhere, no matter what nationality. How could you root for something bad to happen to the 380, the airplane itself has nothing to do with the politics that might have brought it about, it was merely an aircraft, begging so to speak, to take flight, it did and I am glad and excited for the folks at Airbus who brought her to life. Those are the same feelings I will have for Boeing when the 787 takes flight. I have no doubt it too will be just as successful on its first flight as the 380.
I know some of you will read this and think I am full of crap and some of you might not. Some might think that I know nothing about what I am stating. To let you in on a little secret, I am 24 years old and have been working with a/c since I was 4 years old, no joke. I used to work the Emery 727's and DC-8's at ONT with my dad. My uncle is also a captain for Delta, flying and airplanes are not just a hobby with me, they are my life. I grew up with them, I have worked on nearly every aircraft around from Boeing to MCD to Lockheed, Convair, Canadair and Airbus. To me, an Airplane is an Airplane, I don't care what country they are made in, they all have my respect and I would love to fly anyone of them.
I apologize if I have bored anyone here but this is just something I had to say.
Climb and Maintain flight level 280, DHL 200, good day
Toulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2760 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5196 times:
FX1816... May I just congratulate you on what must be the most sensible post on Boeing/Airbus and aviation in general for a long time on these internet forums. If only more people could share your outlook. If you don't mind, I am going to add you as the first person on my list of respected users.
Glidepath73 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 43
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5107 times:
it was very nice to read your post. I agree fully with you. Amazing what do you have experienced already in the aviation. Really nice! Would have loved to do stuff as you did.
I love even both- Airbus and Boeing. Lets hope those good company's will always go on to produce amazing aircrafts for the world airtraffic.
AMSSpotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 271 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5071 times:
I started today's lunch reading your post and the start couldn't have been better. Like fellow-A.netters stated before me: not boring at all (on the contrary) and unbiased.
Quoting FX1816 (Thread starter): I felt alot of pride as a human being to see that airplane (A380) take off
Spcecially liked that one! Like you said very well: big events such as these are world-achievements. They show what human beings are capable of. Just like Inca-temples, Pyramids, mega-structures like Golden Gate, the Millau viaduct, etc., etc...
Speedbird2155 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 887 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5043 times:
Hey, great post.....really positive message that sums up how many of us feel, despite the fact that those who berate either boeing or airbus seem to take of a.net sometimes. About to head to work at LHR and this is a great way to start.
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10258 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5027 times:
WOW, very nice post FX1816. Can't agree more on how you put it. An aircraft is an aircraft, doesn't matter who manufactures it. Like AMSSpotter said, this post is 'not boring at all (on the contrary) and unbiased'. Very well said my friend. I have added you to my respected users list.
JumpJet From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4929 times:
FX1816, very well said! An excellent post that makes such a refreshing change from the plethora of xenophobic rantings that bounce back and forth across the Atlantic... Well done and many thanks for putting it far better than I could have done!
N60659 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 654 posts, RR: 23
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4543 times:
FX1816, great post. I have followed this forum for some time, and whenever Airbus and Boeing appear on the same line (anywhere in any of the posts), there is usually an acrimonious exchange that ensues. I am so glad to see a post that highlights how true aviation enthusiasts should view aviation. Good job!! I hope we can see more of these with more constructive dialog and less flames and fire.