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Anybody Who Didn't Fly Until As A Teen Or Adult?  
User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2461 posts, RR: 4
Posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1696 times:

This is interesting to me, since I have known people who didn't first fly until as a teenager or an adult, not just those who were born before the jet age, when air travel was only for the filthy rich or those on business accounts taking business trips, but some who are no older or even younger than I am who didn't first fly until recently! I, however, have actually been flying at least a few times a year since I was a baby!

Case in point: my brother's girlfriend's mother, who's in her forties, had her first flight in her life from Grande Prairie, AB to Calgary(YYC) about 2-3 years ago! That was on a Canadian Regional Dash 8. Her first flight on a jet was on a WestJet 737-200 flight from Grande Prairie to YVR, via a WestJet connection in YEG in March of this year. She didn't mind it at all - as a matter of fact, she wasn't afraid at all! I also remember having had a girl in her early 20s last year tell me that she first and only flight was on an Air Canada flight from YEG to YWG, probably a DC-9 about 4 years ago, when she just graduated from high school.

It's perfectly understandable if one did feel scared or at least a little appreshensive being on a flight for the very first time as a teen or an adult. That's why quite a few people in courses offered by airlines to combat the fear of flying are often first-time flyers. I remember seeing that on a TV show about a typical day at Heathrow, and a course offered by BA - some of the people have never flown in their lives prior to boarding the BA 757!

I'd like to hear from anyone with similar experiences of flying for the first time in their lives recently or as teens or adults. Or others you know with experiences like that.

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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

I have flown so many times in my life I couldn't even count, but, last summer, I went to japan with a group of students and it was the first time this guy that was with us to be in an airplane ever! I was like, well, you sure are hitting it with a big one your first time, DFW-NRT non-stop. But, we were on a brand new AA777. It was a nice plane for a first ride.

User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

The guy was 18.

User currently offlineLauda 777 From Sweden, joined May 1999, 501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1579 times:

I was flying for the first time when I was 4 years old. The Flight was Stockholm Bromma to Halmstad, a 60 minutes flight in a Linjeflyg Fokker F28...Only remeber the cockpit visit and the power at takeoff!

Last summer I was on a school trip with my class and with us was two guys who haved never flown, the route was Stockholm - Athens and back...On a nice Lockheed L-1011-500 TriStar.

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User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 681 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

Here is a true story I'm sure some of you will appreciate.

My dad was a paratrooper during World War II, and after the war, he never set foot in a plane until just a few years ago. The flight was to Richmond, VA and was on a US Air 737. As a retired mechanic, all of the mechanical aspects of the aircraft amazed him, and he was busy watching everything on the wing, as he was seated in the rear of the aircraft. It was a profound change from the C-47 he had jumped from back in 1944-45.

During the approach, he was intent on watching the flaps extend. A flight attendant, seeing his intense gaze, asked if he was ok. He assured her that he was fine. She then asked him if he had ever flown before. He told her, "Yes, dozens of times. But this is the first time I've ever landed!"

User currently offlineSK907 From Norway, joined Aug 1999, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

My first flight was during my military service 15 years ago. Three hours or more in a Hercules was really an exciting experience. But is was a nice flight.
Since then I have flown many, many times on a wide range of aircrafts and airlines. Now I have become addicted to airliners.net and all kind of aviation stuff.


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

Growing up, I lived very near an airport and was fascinated by airplanes. I was heavy into commercial jetliners and WWII fighter planes. Ironicly, I never flew and was frightened at the thought of it. Finally, about 4 years ago at age 29, my job required travelling, and a lot of it. I was told I had to fly to 16 cities in the summer. I was terrified and tried to get out of it. I even thought about quitting. I did it anyway. I could never sleep the night before and I dreaded the drive to the airport. That first year I was a white-knuckle flyer. Little things would scare me like banking and lowering speed for landings (it felt like the plane was going to fall out of the sky). It especially scared me when the pilot would power-down after take-off (I always thought the engines were quitting). The next year I got a little better. I got used to the noises and behavior of the flight, but I was still very nervous the night before and still tried to get out of trips. Today, I still fly many times a year and I have grown to absolutely love it! There is zero nervousness whatsoever and I even volunteer to take trips. I never, EVER thought I would feel this way about flying. My sister who is a year younger than me, took her first flights last year. She cried during all take-offs and landings. Sheesh. Rookies! LOL

"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

My friend is 16, she just left last Thursday for Hawaii with her family, it's her first plane trip ever. I'm going to quiz the heck out of her when she gets back in two days, not about her stay in Hawaii (well, maybe a bit of that  ) but about her plane trip. I don't know any details, as I was on vacation when she left.  


Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
User currently offline777x From United States of America, joined Dec 2014, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1541 times:

I know some people in their 30's that have yet to fly!

I first few at age 1 (Geneva-London)

User currently offlineMonte From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

I know that my maternal granmother first flied in 1990, when she was 60 y.o. It was JAT (Yugoslav) DC9 on a short (30 min.) BEG-TIV line.

I first flied when I was 8 months old on the same line  )

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

I started flying when I was 3 yrs old in 1965 on an EL AL Boeing 707 from JFK to Athens.

User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2461 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1531 times:

Neat-o!! OH-LGA, you really ought to post what your friend's experience was like on that flight to Hawaii and back! I'd be glad to hear what you have to say. 

User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1531 times:

The first time my grandfather flew was when he was 70!!!!!! He said he loved it. He explained that it was like he was in a room and he didn't feel like the plane was moving at all. It was a Lufthansa 747-400 FRA-YYZ.

User currently offlineFDXmech From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

My father was a private pilot and he would always take
me flying. Yet my first trip in a jet was my honeymoon
in 1985 on EAL to BDA. Funny thing was I was an A&P
mech for Peoplexpress Airlines for 3yrs before I flew on
a jet.

You're only as good as your last departure.
User currently offlineStlbham From United States of America, joined exactly 17 years ago today! , 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (16 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1518 times:

Believe it or not I work with a lot of people that have never flown before or have just taken their first flight recently. Two 45 years there have never flown, 40 year old has never flown and two 30 year old flew for the first time this summer when believe it or not it was on one of the longest flights in the world. LAX or MEL. Personally I flew first when I was six months old. or so I was told.


User currently offlineDelta737 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 517 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (16 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

I started flying as a teen, but of course I was in no means a filthy rich kid.

Doug Taylor
Delta 737 FO

User currently offlineFlyingV From Ireland, joined Apr 2000, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (16 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

First flew in 1986 aged 17.
Ryanair 1-11 Dublin-Reus.

I know a few people at work who have never flown - some aren't interested in travelling, others don't like the idea of flying, and as we work for a railway company, we travel for free by rail & sea (which probably has an influence).

User currently offlineTr1492 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (16 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

Although I have been a huge aviation fan since my dad took me and my brothers to ALB as kids to watch the planes, I was 21 when I flew for the very first time (USAir-Allegheny BAC-111 from ALB to Buffalo, NY) on business. I will always remember this flight, though it was only 45 minutes long - I was so excited that I was finally going to fly I could not sleep at all the night before!! I'll always remember the high-pitched whine of the RR motors inside the plane as we started the takeoff roll and how I seemed to be pinned back in my seat........ahhh, the memories!! Now I fly at least once a week, if not more, all over the place, without even thinking twice about it, and I get to see some of the world as well as some very cool aircraft (for instance, I happened upon Delta's 777 painted up in their new colors yesterday at CVG - the pics here don't do it justice, you really have to see it in person - it's a very nice new scheme!), and I get paid for it!!!

Sorry for the rambling........
Best regards,

User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2461 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (16 years 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1482 times:

Oh. yeah...I remember now my brother's girlfriend telling me that she believes her father hasn't even flown in his entire life, because, unlike her mother, he had the not-so-uncommon fear of flying. So, not surprisingly, only her mother went on that trip to YVR that I mentioned in the topic above.

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