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How Did You Become So Interested In Airplanes?  
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

Since most of us, if not all of us, are pretty much aviation/airline enthusiasts/photographers/collectors, how did you become so interested in planes? Was it one event that did it when you were younger? A chain of events? Curiosity that still hasn't ended?

My dad used to be a PAL pilot and flew DC-3's and I always wondered how he got to his destination amid the brutal terrain in the Philippines. He explained. I got hooked and aviation became my hobby.

What about you?


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
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User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

My Dad was an armourer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, so I grew up on fighter bases. Hard not to like airplanes after a childhood like that! Funny thing is, I didn't know much of anything about civilian aircraft until I got into the business. Needless to say, my boy loves airplanes too.

User currently offlineCleCo From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

I was born with it. The first time I went to an airport my dad says I just stared out the window and watched planes move around.


EMBRY-RIDDLE BABY
User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1777 times:

I had never been on a commercial flight until Dec 27 1999. I had been in small cessnas and a beaver before but an experience in a cessna completely turned me off from flying and made me almost scared of it.

However, since I did take my first commercial flight about a year and a half ago I have been an enthusiast ever since. Even wanting to get going on my PPL and see where that leads me.

Funny how things work out. Scared one minute, want to do it for life the next.


User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1779 times:

My dad has his PPL. Started taking me to airshows when I was really young. Interest in commercial aviation just kinda started on its own.

User currently offlineAl319 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

My dad's house sits on a hill overlooking the airport so I guess its self explanitory.  Laugh out loud


“atom celled…jet propelled”
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1749 times:

AI319,

Which airport? Commercial or private?

That must be really cool!!!



Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineCO777-200ER From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 333 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1747 times:

Hello when I was young my parents would take me to MKE in the evening (busiest time) to watch planes but I didnt like planes as much as i do now. When I really became plane crazy was in summer of 97' my uncle (who like planes of course) took me to ORD to see a 747 and after that day I have LOVED planes since then on the busiest day of the year (day before thanksgiving) my uncle took me there again and i took a camera eventhough the pics werent great it was my first pics of planes now I go to ORD like 4-5 times a year to take pics I have at least 200-300 pics just at ORD and I also collect Herpa, and Wooster but more Herpa now I also have a subscribtion to AIRWAYS. I want to become a President, CEO, or Manager or work for grounds crew for an airline (CO) anything ill work for but just an airline, thats my goal in life. JOEY K

User currently offlineAl319 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

Commercial..Its right opposite TAPA the view is amazing. If I had good photo skills I would probably upload some pics  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


“atom celled…jet propelled”
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

From when I was 5 till I was 10 we lived about half a mile from the end of RWY 16 at KPWK. Back then everything was either a "CESSNA" or a "LEARJET." Throw in my time as a kid playing the original Microsoft Flight Simulator and I was getting hooked. After moving to Arizona we lived close to KFFZ, and was continually exposed to a lot of GA traffic, plus the warbirds the CAF and Chaplin Fighter Musuem kept there. All it finally took was a subscription to Flying magazine and I was hooked, I think I was about 12. I didn't get hooked with commercial aviation till later, but deep down I still like the little ones more.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlineYqfca From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

I lived 20 minutes from Schiphol Amsterdam and my dad had a dairy farm. If I was home, he'd put me to work so..........
Now (25 years later) I live almost a 100 miles from Calgary and I still have to, just go to the airport.
I still listen to ATC and track with WACARS 07.
My son (named after the B25 "Mitchell") likes militairy jets better.


User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

I grew up next to the final approach for SFO and was used to seeing the airliners fly by all day. My dad was a bus driver for Greyhound but in 1969, when I was 10, they were on strike and my dad got a temporary job as a security guard at the Pan Am cargo facility at SFO. I went with him one night to work and got to see a 707 frieghter and a brand new 747 inside and out. From that point on, I was hooked.

Richard Silagi


User currently offlineAirbusfreak From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

Well for me it was actually my uncles fault. You see my uncle back in 1974 he tryout out the exams which if you succesed you get sponsored by the airline to pay your tuitions finish as a CPL pilot and then you start working for the same airline. My uncle try for Cyprus Airways and he did it. He past the exams coming in 3rd place. He started his studies but then the war with the Turks occur and he interupt his studies. After the end of the war Cyprus Airways decide not to continue with those kind of exams because during the word they suffered many planes loses thus being in need of money. So my uncle went again to the Uk were he finished and worked as an enginner for the Rolls planes engines. He now owns an insurance company in the Uk where he is currently being living for 20 years. So he was the reason for me being interested in planes.

User currently offlineKwbl From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

I remember flying when I was 4 years old to LAX and thought that was the coolest thing. Then when I was in high school, I wanted to start an airline in Salem, OR so I tried to learn as much as I could about aviation. I started collecting timetables and reading about the history of air travel etc

User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1726 times:

My mom used to be a travel agent. This was back in the days where travel agents got plenty of perks from the airlines, such as free tickets. Because my mom got at least 2 free tickets a year, we flew alot, and I just got hooked on planes.

User currently offlineJumboSST From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

This sounds very weird. When I first started to be aware of the world (2 or 3 yrs old), My late grandma would sing a song with lyrics something like air-plane-air-plane-up-in-the-sky, airplane-airplane-fly-ing-so-high. This caused my first awareness of airplanes, and when on a swingset, any JT8D powered airplane, the epitome airplane sound to me, would make weird pitch changes when I would put my head back while swinging which I found to redundantly be weird (anyone else ever puzzled by that as kids?). So anyway to answer the "?", I had a dream of me walking by a major airport in place of a neighborhood park and seeing a plane a size class bigger than the An-225, seriously, with a cool V-shaped tail like that on the Beech Bonanza. I guess it had five engines on each wing. It was then that I was very eager to become an aeronautical engineer, build the plane, and make it the most successful airliner there ever was, and ever will be (obviously farfeched). Anyway, later in life I mostly have wanted to be a pilot and occasionly a musician or stormchaser. Once again, thankyou for reading the story of my life.  Big grin

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13208 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

When I was 9, my school was about 2 miles from LHR, on 21/1/76 our class stopped and we went to the best vantage point in the building to watch the first commercial Concorde service. It was an overcast day and we didn't see much, but the event was made by our teacher bringing in an airband radio to listen in.
He was a aviation enthusiast, the previous summer he'd arranged for the whole school to gather in front of a TV to watch the Apollo-Soyuz spaceflight.


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

Are you talking about Cherry Lane Primary GDB?

User currently offlineMightyFalcon From Oman, joined Jun 2001, 384 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

How?
What a good question; Let's see...
A father, mechanic in Air France (meaning lots of trips)
an uncle, captain and chief pilot in Air France,
an uncle, fighter pilot in the french air force,
an uncle, KC135 pilot in the french air force,
an aunt, flight attendant,
a cousin, air traffic controller,
a brother designing sattelites (Oops!)... Embarrassment

I really wonder how I got attracted by planes?  Laugh out loud



The sky has no limit...
User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days ago) and read 1690 times:

Actually my 7th grade teacher's husband hhad tons of airways and airliners magazines, and she gave her husbands magazines to my good friend who also liked aviation. I started to read them because he would usually give them to me when he was done. That same year I took my first commercial flight and I was hooked


The Ohio Player
User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

I grew up on military bases when I was very young. I started getting into fighters. Later on, my father quit the military and started working with small general aircraft planes. I started to get into general aviation, too, but mostly I loved military planes. Then, a few years ago, I took a trip to Japan to see my relatives. It was a long trip and I was impressed with the size and power of the airliners, seeing all those planes fly around during my layover, and seeing airport architecture, especially when I was in Kansai. That trip started my love for airliners, and after that, I lost a lot of interest for military jets.

BH346



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User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1682 times:

When I flew from Heathrow on Egypt Air A300 B4. I was around 7 yrs old The airline didn't interest me, just the fact that I was going to be flying 8 miles up in cloud nine.

User currently offlineMac From United States of America, joined May 2001, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1683 times:

I was imprinted by my very first image...that of an airplane...you know...like what the first thing a duckling see's fresh out of the egg. That was me. First thing I remember seeing at the ripe old age of one year, was an airplane. It taxied off...and I followed. I'm still following.

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1669 times:

My older brother flys the F16 and I have always had model planes around the house so I learned to like them. In my family I have a brother that flys the F16, a sister that is a F/A for Northwest and another brother that is going to fly airliners just like me!


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13208 posts, RR: 77
Reply 24, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

No, it was Pinkwell. You from the Hayes/Harlington area too?


25 DrDrewO : It was when i was 9 or 10 yrs. old I took my first flight to Philippines on a 747-400. Wow I loved it. Then the next year i took a flight to RDU on co
26 Blink182 : It just happened, I was extremely little and the first time I saw one, I was hooked.I got hooked so much that now my brother is an aviation freak. rgd
27 Post contains links and images B757300 : When I was little my grandfather took me onboard a Pan Am 747-100. This trip turned a little kid into an airplane/airline nut. I'm sure everyone here
28 IMissPiedmont : When I was a small child I lived on a farm in Western Pennsylvania (US). I remember seeing Allegheny DC-3s and Convairs flying toward Pittsburgh. I wa
29 Concorde1518 : Well, although im not supposed to mention it in this forum, it started when I got Flight Sim 2000.
30 Post contains images Trickijedi : It seems to me that almost everyone in here has had a mentor of some sort to introduce us to the lore of planes. There are also those who just discove
31 Rotation18L : It started with my SERIOUS fascination with space exploration when I was about 6 or 7 years old. During boring classes in school, I would draw picture
32 Post contains images Classic707 : About 4 years ago, I remember there was nothing on TV, so I decided to watch "Inside Airforce One" (or something like that) on the Discvery Channel. I
33 An-225 : I lived close to Domodedovo Airport in Moscow, and at first I was afraid of planes (when I was 2 or something). Then I got kinda interested and asked
34 Post contains images BO__einG : Went flying for the first time in 1991 from YYC to LAX thru Salt Lake City.. Nice indeeed. Ever since then up to 2001 I have never flown since.. I fee
35 Post contains images Airlinelover : It just grew on me. I always loved flying, and looked forward to any trip, whether DTW-TPA or FNT-BWI. I started going to the local airports and watch
36 MEL : I lived under the approach to the runway in my home town and got hooked on wanting to know what kinds of planes were roaring over the house, and where
37 Gyro : Grandfather, 25 years service for both old and new LH. (Pilot) Father, 32 years service for LH. (Management) Mom, 18 years service for LH. (City offic
38 USAFHummer : Hmm, I am not sure where I developed my interest in aviation, I have absolutely no connections with the industry, no family members work in the indust
39 Alphie747 : I grew up 15 miles west of ORD right under the flight pattern for runway 9R. Plus, my brothers and I built model airlpanes for about 10 years when I w
40 Alphie747 : I grew up 15 miles west of ORD right under the flight pattern for runway 9R. Plus, my brothers and I built model airlpanes for about 10 years when I w
41 Post contains images Baec777 : I got hooked to planes when I first traveled to middle east, I waited to graduate from high school in May 93, I took my first domestic/international c
42 Che : It just happend. I have been around planes since a very early age so I guess that exposure to planes has made me like them. I think we are all almost
43 Trickijedi : Alphie747, What suburb did you live in in Chicago that was under the flight pattern for 9R. Curious to know, I'm guessing around the Berkley or Maywoo
44 ROP : That 's an excellent question!! last month, i ask my sister to buy qantas747-400 model for me, she said "you r so childish!" . to be interested in avi
45 ROP : That 's an excellent question!! last month, i ask my sister to buy qantas747-400 model for me from sydney, she said "you r so childish!" . to be inter
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