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Youngest Pilot In Command In 737 300  
User currently offlineChato122 From Mexico, joined Apr 2008, 5 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 26782 times:

Hi everyone,

Does anybody know who has been the youngest captain in a 737 300 ? which airline? at wich age?

thanks

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User currently offlineImapilotaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 26606 times:

Likely not the youngest, but when HP was just getting going in the 80s, a friend of mine was a captain flying their 737s at 26-27 years old. He used to tell me stories about how he and a friend (also in his 20s) would sit up in First Class while folks boarded (with sweatshirts or jackets over their uniforms), and would joke with passengers about they could fly the plane themselves. They'd then run up their, shut the door and get to work. Apparently the FA's would have to explain to some concerned pax what was going on.

Those were the good ol' days.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 26447 times:

I definately saw a very young (and, I might add, very handsome) man in Captain's bars in a UAL uniform at SFO. And he wasn't anywhere near where you'd expect an RJ pilot to be.

He can't have been more than 25-26.


User currently offlineAAH732UAL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 26406 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):

I say he was AT least 35. UAL had not hired for 5 years until this year(which is over now again ), and you have to be AT least 23 to be a 4 stripper on for an airline in the US at least. There again unless you get lucky ur in the seat of a RJ till at least 24, + there is not that fast of a turnover at UAL. According to my mom about a year ago, if you stayed on reserve and stayed on one plane, you could be CAP after about 5 years last she seen. Are you sure it was a UAL pilot? B/c according to a friend, Mesaba had a 2 month turnaround on the Saab last summer, so maybe an airline like that at SFO?

I do have to say some of the pilots I have ran across at UAL that have looked young, where like in their mid 40's. I got a real good 767FO and he looks like he is 20 must be something in the water :P

[Edited 2008-04-20 20:57:07]

User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 26382 times:

Back in the early 70's TW had a 747 Captain named Barry Seal that was the youngest 747 Captain yet, 26. He had a most promising career until he ended up getting involved with the drug trade. And that was the end of him.

User currently offlineNightFlier From United States of America, joined May 2004, 284 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 26306 times:

What about this guy ?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1770&ICO=NEWS&ICL=TOPART



Airplanes are only as good as the people who fly&fix them.
User currently offlineCaspian27 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 383 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 26076 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
I definately saw a very young (and, I might add, very handsome) man in Captain's bars in a UAL uniform at SFO. And he wasn't anywhere near where you'd expect an RJ pilot to be.

He can't have been more than 25-26.

Where was he? Both UAL and SkyWest operate out of the same terminal at SFO. If his blazer was black with gold stripes, he was OO. If the blazer was blue, with thin stripes he was UA.

Quoting AAH732UAL (Reply 3):
and you have to be AT least 23 to be a 4 stripper on for an airline in the US at least

I thought you had to be 18 to be a stripper. Plus, where is this "stripper" airline? I need to go jumpseat on them!
 wink 



Meanwhile, somewhere 35,000 ft above your head...
User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 26053 times:

23, that's the youngest age one can get their ATP right. I don't doubt for a second that there aren't a few 737 captains out there around the world who right at the age limit.

User currently offlineLeftWing From Singapore, joined Mar 2006, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 25911 times:

It should be a pilot from Jet Airways .....

User currently offlinePeterPuck From Canada, joined Jun 2004, 323 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 25871 times:



Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 7):
23, that's the youngest age one can get their ATP right

21 up here.


User currently offlineAcey559 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1545 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 25740 times:



Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 7):
23, that's the youngest age one can get their ATP right.

Correct, but I believe that under some limited circumstances you can get a waiver from the FAA so you can get it sooner than that, but generally, yes 23 is the minimum legal age for an ATP in the US.


User currently offlineSupraZachAir From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Feb 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 25403 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
he wasn't anywhere near where you'd expect an RJ pilot to be.

Unless he was deadheading mainline.


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 25242 times:



Quoting NightFlier (Reply 5):
What about this guy ?

He isn't captain though. It's not all that uncommon for people around that age to pilot jet aircraft in the UK; I know two 19 year olds going through the A320 TR for BA right now.

Airlines like Ryanair and FlyBE, with plenty of low hours recruitment and fairly short times to command mean that it is certainly possible for people around the age of 23/24 to become captain. Theoretically it could happen at the age of 21, when the ATPL licence becomes unfrozen after 1,500 hours, though this will be rare except perhaps in very small airlines.



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User currently offlineVS773ER From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 279 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 25044 times:

I read on here a good few months now that FR had 18/19 yr old captains.

Will try and find in the archives and get back...


User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 25018 times:

I'm not sure about 737s but there are plenty of 18-23 year olds as Captains and First Officers at U.S regionals. In all honesty the comments from old ladies and clueless passengers about how young you look is reason enough not to be pilot at a young age. Once in a while you get pax that ask you if you flew in the military since I'm young, those never get old.

User currently offlineFlyinTLow From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 525 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 24914 times:

JAR regulations require a minimum age of 21 as well for an ATPL. No ATPL, no Captain's bar. So minimum is prolly 21 in the EU. And with the bigger airlines, I doubt anyone under the age of 25 or 26 is a captain. First officer, of course, Senior FO as well. But no CPT.

Just my 2 cents

Thilo



- When dreams take flight, follow them -
User currently offlineCV440SimPilot From Sweden, joined Mar 2008, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 24751 times:

I saw FR having some real young girl flying their 737s, this girl was a new hire for FR when I saw the article.
She was 22 at the time and held a first officer position with FR.

http://tinyurl.com/433yqr


User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6642 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 24580 times:

I don't think when talking about the youngest pilots that we should even be looking at the US!!

I had a friend who was 21 or 22 when he became captain of an Air Asia 737-300.


User currently offlinePlanesavvy From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 24086 times:

I went to a recruitment talk by Ryanair this weekend, and their HR man said they have a policy of getting all their pilots into the left hand seat in 3 years (or 3000 hours). He said age was not an issue. He added that they had recently had a pilot who joined at 18 and was now a captain at 22.

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 23930 times:



Quoting AAH732UAL (Reply 3):
I say he was AT least 35. UAL had not hired for 5 years until this year(which is over now again ), and you have to be AT least 23 to be a 4 stripper on for an airline in the US at least. There again unless you get lucky ur in the seat of a RJ till at least 24, + there is not that fast of a turnover at UAL. According to my mom about a year ago, if you stayed on reserve and stayed on one plane, you could be CAP after about 5 years last she seen. Are you sure it was a UAL pilot? B/c according to a friend, Mesaba had a 2 month turnaround on the Saab last summer, so maybe an airline like that at SFO?

This was back in the late 90's, BTW.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 23765 times:

I know a friend that was at 23 Command on B732 & 25 command on B752.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 23653 times:



Quoting Caspian27 (Reply 6):
I thought you had to be 18 to be a stripper. Plus, where is this "stripper" airline? I need to go jumpseat on them!

http://www.hootersair.com/

 duck 

(filler, filler, filler, filler, filler)


User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 23545 times:



Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 4):
Back in the early 70's TW had a 747 Captain named Barry Seal that was the youngest 747 Captain yet, 26. He had a most promising career until he ended up getting involved with the drug trade. And that was the end of him.

A CIA pilot too!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Seal


User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1804 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 22527 times:

As crew I have belief in the ability of pilots regardless of age. However, I do believe that the role demands a degree of maturity and from experience, this is not always the case.


Proud to fly from Manchester!
User currently offlineAAH732UAL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 20047 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 19):
This was back in the late 90's, BTW.

Should have said that. Still that is way to young for UAL  Smile


25 YWG : I've heard Air India has some crazy hiring minimums. Right seat on the A320/737 (Whatever they fly..) with a fresh multi IFR, 250hrs PIC, and a PPC.
26 Mhodgson : That is fairly common in the EU as well - most airlines will take you on to the right hand seat with less than that.
27 DocLightning : Four silver stripes. UA badges and ID. If he was thirty, he looked darned young.
28 B757capt : Had a good friend that was 24 and flying as Captain on 737-200 and -300 for a US carrier.
29 AAH732UAL : UAL is Gold
30 Xtoler : I was flying with a young female FO on the ERJ145 (it was getting more and more common too) one day, and this little old lady looked in the flight de
31 PILOTALLEN : Kirby Chambliss was the youngest 737-300 captain flew for southwest...now an aerobatic pilot...look up his bio somwhere it says it...
32 Norcal773 : This comment is useless without pictures
33 Tonystan : BA (Or was it GB) upgraded an FO recently who was 26 when he took the left hand seat!
34 GT4EZY : It was GB Airways.
35 Tonystan : Thanks for that....figured it was GB alright!!!
36 SBGLexpat : I know for sure in a recently gone major airline in south America some guys were getting their upgrade in B737-300s as early as age 22 (some in L188).
37 Caspian27 : Their stripes are gold, but it can be hard to tell sometimes... I still can't believe that there was a UA CAPTAIN at 25-26. FO maybe..But if he was d
38 CV440SimPilot : " target=_blank>http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...OPART Reading this feel good article about the 19 year old guy who flies 737s was all nice and
39 UAL727NE : So I guess if i wanna fly bigger planes and be capt. faster I need to move to the UK and be a pilot over there. Can I do this?
40 Xtoler : Oh wow, that's pretty rough. So what would she rather have young British commercial pilots be conscripted to fly fighter jets for the RAF? Now that I
41 Mhodgson : Yes, though you'd have to convert your licence - very expensive in the UK, as you'd need flying hours and instruction. You'd also need to do the 14 t
42 Grimey : I'm 22 at the moment and I really want to be a pilot, the only problem is the finance. I was thinking of doing the PPL, CPL and IR courses over a few
43 AirWillie6475 : Try the U.S.
44 RJ111 : You're definately not too young to start Grimey.
45 Xtoler : Never too young to follow a dream. I was told by some of my pilots (younger than me) to get a license and fly. But yeah, got that financial thing, an
46 IAirAllie : Nope you are not to old. It does tend to be less expensive though if you get it done all in one shot. I've been spacing my ppl out around my work sche
47 Viscount724 : " target=_blank>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Seal He couldn't possibly have been a 747 captain at age 26 if the Wikipedia item is correct and h
48 YWG : I've WITNESSED some of these up and comming juniour FO's fly right through a 30nm control zone without even contacting ATC. I guess the big circle on
49 MAC26000 : EXPERTO CREDE = Experince is Knowledge I would rather have and older grey haired man (or women) in the left seat. Experience does matter.
50 MCOflyer : If I recall right there are some young pilots over at AC. Hunter
51 Jayspilot : my buddy from college did an internship at CO in 2000. He was hired in 2005 at age 26 b/c all interns got inteviews with the minimums and upgraded in
52 DocLightning : It was 10 years ago. It was whatever UAL pilots wear. He was clearly mainline. I didn't card him, so for all I know he could have been a very young-l
53 YWG : Jazz nevermind AC mainline will not touch you if you don't have time buddy. So if they're young, they have some expirence under their belts.
54 FlyASAGuy2005 : Not a captain, but ASA hired it's youngest pilot in its history in 2007. He had just turned 20 and that's when they relaxed their "must be 21" rule.
55 Post contains images AAH732UAL : UAL has had the current uniforms since they were brown back in 1980s. Back 10 years ago was the time that there was not much movement at UAL, they we
56 DocLightning : You have to imagine this would be a bit of a social impediment. Here the guy wants to go out with the crew for a drink and he can't.
57 AAH732UAL : Most Regionals have that for show. I am gonna be 19 and be in the right seat. There are a few line pilots for PSA or what have you that are 19 now. T
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