Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4 Posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2367 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!
Avt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2224 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.
Jared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2208 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.
CO777-200ER From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2178 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
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7843 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2172 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.
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Yqfca From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2169 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.
Flygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2167 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.
Airbusfreak From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2166 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.
Kwbl From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2162 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
Cba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2157 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.
JumboSST From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2150 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.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13425 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2140 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.
MightyFalcon From Oman, joined Jun 2001, 384 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2130 times:
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!)...
Soku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2121 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
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2119 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.
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Mac From United States of America, joined May 2001, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2114 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.
Sushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2100 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!