Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 748 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2138 times:
I was mowing my rather large lawn the other night when a BA 777 operating BA049 flew low over my house. I stopped the lawnmower and just looked (it was a rare sunny day in Seattle). I thought to myself, what got me interested in aviation? I guess it was the pure size of the large commercial aircraft, and seeing something that big in the air (I was about 7) What got you interested in aviation?
Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5482 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1985 times:
it was seeing how big they were really facsinated me and that they could fly ( i was a baby when i fell in love with aviation) i think i was about 2 or something like that, my love for commercial aviation keeps growing.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Airliners rule From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1975 times:
The avro Lancaster one of the only 2 flying in the world has its base at YHM I take my hat off my head as a sign of respect for it because it is so beautiful and because its the only one you can see with out leaving north america and its a very big treasure to the City Of Hamilton.
KALB From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 573 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
My father's work took him overseas to live and we went with him. We were living in Bogota, Colombia when I was four when my grandparents came to visit. They flew down on a Braniff 707-120. When I heard those turbojets push that majestic, sleek, metallic bird up to the gate I was in awe....have been ever since. I can't get enough of planes, particularly airliners
Planefreak From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
First, great topic!
My days w/ aviation began when I was two years old. My first flight was on a Delta 727-200 from ATL-LGA. I was flying w/ my mom to see my grandparents.
I still have the picture of me siting next to the window. To this day, I always take the window!
As the years went by, my father who worked for National in the late 60's would being home model airplanes. I was still young, around seven or eight, so my father would put the models together for me. Pan Am 727, A300, Easterns L1011, Delta 727, and countless others. He hung them w/ string from my
celling. By the age of ten, I started puting them together myself. I started collecting the medal models, mostly Delta. My mom and dad would always bring me medal models home from trips. Once my mother went to JFK and arrived home w/ a set of BA a/c. Included was the Concorde, 747-200, and the 757!
My father in the mean time would take me to the airport almost every weekend. He would bring his movie camera and we would shot film of takeoffs and landings. Growing up in ATL I had the luck of seeing the glory days of Eastern, Air Atlanta, and Valujet to name a few.
By the age of sixteen, I was taking pictures w/ a 35mm camera. I never understood why the pictures never came out the way I saw in magizines. Four years later, I would discover the power of the telephoto lense and a SLR.Now I am starting to shoot slides.
Pay day came last July when I was hired by my first airline. I was in seventh heaven. Having an airport ID in ATL gave me control of a dream, to be next to the big jets I once saw take off over my house. (I live on the fight path to 26R in ATL.) Being able to go into the cockpit everyday and "gossip" w/ the f/a and pilots was truly the "cat's meow".
I collect everything aviation, I have all the top scanners, maps, and a fine SLR to capture the endless stream of jets in ATL. Almost everything in my life is aviation.
Beechbarron From United States of America, joined May 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1958 times:
I was born with it. My first airline memory is a flight with my mother from Birm. Ala. to Charlotte, N.C. when I was about 3. I think it may have been a Southern or Piedmont flight, not totally sure. I do however remember my mother carrying me across the tarmac to board the plane, and seeing a DC-9 as we walked past it. This is crazy, but I remember thinking that the "fan spinners" (which are fixed in JT8D's) inside the intakes were lightbulbs!!! Pretty weird, huh?
TWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1956 times:
My Dad has hadh is license since before I was born. As long as I can remember, I would say. "What's that"? And he would say, "That's a (whatever)". But now, I get to the HIM what kind of plane we're looking at.
747firstclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1948 times:
When i was very very young, i would visit my grandparents for a weekend or so or during the summer vacation. They lived not far from MDW. Since i lived with my parents in central Illinois, we didnt get to see that many planes. It was so neat to see and hear them landing and taking off at MDW. My grandparents wouild take us to the airport to see them upclose. I was about 6 or 7 at the time. Over the years as the jets came out i was sorry to see MDW close. As luck would have it I had some cousins move very near to what was to become ORD. I would see them and see the jets. I will always remember the Boeing 707.It was the jet i went off to college on and the jet i first went to Europe on in 1969. All in all it was exposure to the planes at a vey young age and the speed at which they travel. It got my curiosity going strong, something that I still have today.
B737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1941 times:
I became interested in aviation when I was about 5 years old. My grandfather had an appartment with a great view over STR airport.
He explained everything to me like what kind of aircraft or what airline it is and that's how I got into it.
I remember that I always wanted to go see my grandfather and watch planes taking-off and landing from his kitchen.
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1943 times:
I'll never forget it. I was three years old. My grandfather used to drive me past the airport(msy), and the first thing I noticed was a big blue circle on the tail of a plane that had three engines on the tail. Of course, I saw a Pan Am 727. From then on, I was hooked. And that's how Pan Am became my lifelong interest, and commercial avaition as well. I will never, ever, forget that.
Flyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1935 times:
Living under the flight path of JFK airport was the main reason I became interested in aviation. Seeing those big jets everday was really awe inspiring. At the time my friends father worked for Eastern, he would take us to the hangar all the time.
L-1011Alpha From Puerto Rico, joined Feb 2000, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1932 times:
I remember one day (sunday) my uncle said to my family to go at someplace to have fun.
we travel 20 minute and we don't found nothing and I said
"lets go to the airport,there's a little park"
But in that time I won't feel any interest in aviation.
We go to the airport and at this time I feel something incredible about aviation...
I wanna be a pilot now.
If I wouldn't choose go to the aiport maybe I won't want to be a pilot
"For Us, Sky is not the limit.. Its Ground" / L-1011Alpha.
FlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1922 times:
I got into military aviation and still follow that more closely than civil. I got into the jets because of "Top Gun". All over that movie, every aspect except Tom Cruise. It was so cool during the opening scene aboard the carrier...
Then my parents started taking me on vacations around the country and it was awesome to be flying just like Jester. Airplanes brought me to nice places with my family.
DeltaMan From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1906 times:
My mom went down with TWA 800. :-(
Nah... just kidding
My dad is a pilot. My dad would let me sit in the cockpit of his plane when we went flying. Gosh... you know, I think I was like 4 years young. I remember he would let me hold the yoke when we were in cruise. It was fun! Now... I am interested in the HUGE jetliners. I don't know why I like them more that Air Force jets. Everyone I talk to prefers Fighter Jets over Jetliners... ol well!! hehe
P.S. I was just kidding 'bout my mom. My mom is cool!