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What Got You Interested In Aviation?  
User currently offlineMason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 749 posts, RR: 1
Posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2708 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?

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User currently offlineNoise From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2120 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2595 times:

My friend John, and airliners.net.(mostly airliners.net!!!)

User currently offlineTeahan From Ireland, joined Nov 1999, 5446 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2593 times:

Well I guess it was my mom working for Swissair. I often went to the airport and did a good bit of travelling when I was very young!

Jeremiah Teahan

Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineSAS 737-600 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2584 times:

I flew on a Braathens 737 (400 or 500) from Bergen (BGO) to Oslo (FBU).

User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

Traveling when I was young and model planes, I guess.

Aaron G.

User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2555 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...
User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2550 times:

The first time I went to an airport. Seeing the size of the planes. Also, my first flight. The power of the plane scared me to death! (I was 4)


User currently offlineAirliners rule From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2545 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.

User currently offlineRobin27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

About 30 years ago I took a trial lesson in a Cessna 150. The rest is history.

User currently offlineKALB From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 573 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2535 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

User currently offlinePlanefreak From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

Hello all,

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.

Hence the name, planefreak  

User currently offlineBeechbarron From United States of America, joined May 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2528 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?

User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2526 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.

User currently offlineCarioca Canuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

Flying overseas with my parents when I was 10 years old on my way to Germany in a 4 prop airliner.

User currently offline747firstclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2518 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.

User currently offlineTommyBoy From United States of America, joined May 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

What got me interrested in aviation were those hot-pants the PSA stewardesses wore back in the '60's...

User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2511 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.

Rgds, B737-700

User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2513 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.


User currently offlineFlyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1748 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2505 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.

727, L1011, MD80, A300, 777-200, 737-300, 737-700, 747-400, 757-200, 737-800, A320. E190, E135, 767-200, CRJ9
User currently offlineL-1011Alpha From Puerto Rico, joined Feb 2000, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2502 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.
User currently offlineDnalor From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

The size, the power, the engineering standards, the reward of a smooth days flying on a sunny afternoon.

I find it really difficult to explain how Aviation draws me in on the whole, many more things to it than listed above.

User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2492 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.

User currently offlineFlying_727 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 442 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (15 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

I always loved jets, but i never wanted to be a pilot till i flew on this ATA 727 from MDW-MCO

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Photo © Josh Rawlin


On ATA, You're On Vacation
User currently offlineDeltaMan From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (15 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 2476 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!

User currently offlineUK FLY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (15 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

Since I was 10 months old I have been on Aircraft.
the first time was on a Hs748 with Dan air to jersey.
then when I was 1 and a half I went on a Britannia 757 to Tenerife.


25 CV990A : My dad's also a pilot, and his idea of father-son bonding was not to go in the yard and throw a baseball around, but to go to the airport, and hang on
26 Airman99o : I would have to say my first flight on Air Canada. Ihad no idea as to what was on the go until we got on the plane then it left the ground!! I was tot
27 Post contains images We're Nuts : It must have been January 1, 1999, when a plane went through our engine on takeoff. Very scary... mainly because I was in a window seat right behind t
28 AviationLover : Well... mainly beacuse my dad working for Scandinavian Airlines, and that I've been travelling a LOT in my life. Regards, Geir (Oslo, Norway)
29 Copper1 : When I was a kid growing up Sunday afternoon car rides always ended up at the then Malton Airport. Dad was fascinated with aircraft. He had a couple o
30 Post contains images Trvlr : Um, Adam, how can a plane go through an engine? Were you on a 747 and a little Cessna go caught or something? Or maybe it is clear why your username i
31 Post contains images Mraerospace : my friend pete used to talk only about planes. after a while he talked me into having a trial flight at a flying school... and the rest is history my
32 Trintocan : Aviation has just been a lifelong interest of mine. I just cannot pinpoint what stirred up my enthusiasm for it. All the same, from a very young age I
33 Djmatthews : I first flow with my school on a ATP LPL - IOM in 1993, it never really intrested me until 2 years later I had my first flight with my family. we flew
34 Na : When I was about 5 my parents bought me a huge (then!) model of a Pan Am 727 with light-flashing engines. Around the same time I saw model pictures of
35 Aerokid : I don't know... I guess I was born with a passion for aviation. A lot of aircraft are passing over my place (both military and civil) and I remember t
36 Western737 : What make me went into aviation freak was when I was only four, I was on first ride on Western Airlines 737-247 N4517W between FSD-PIR (I still have t
37 Post contains images NJTurnpike : As a 12 year old on my way to Austria with a school ski trip. First flight ever, sat in a Britannia 737 at the end of the runway at Gatwick. From the
38 Post contains images Bacardi182 : i owe my love for aviation to virgin atlantic. since before i can remember i have flown with them from lgw to mia. the first flight i can remember was
39 Adam T. : Ever since I was an infant living in Houston until I moved to NC. I would fly from IAH to DFW at least every 2 months on Delta,American, or Continenta
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