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Wierd Stuff We Thought When Young  
User currently offlineKonaB777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

Can you think of anything strange you thought about airplanes when you were little? I remember something that is quite ludicrous.

I thought that the 747 was made when a DC8 (I flew United) couldn't stop in time & ran into the terminal, got a bump on its head that never went away.

My god how I've changed since then!!!!!

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User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1684 times:

I thought that every single plane I got on was a 747

User currently offlineVgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1513 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

When I was about 8, I thought that there were motors on the wheels that powered the a/c along for takeoff.


Work Hard. Fly Right. Continental Airlines
User currently offlineN521NA From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 513 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

I used to think airlines made their own planes and that Southwest had no engines on their planes so they were quieter  Big grin

User currently offlineBoeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1627 times:

I thought the American Eagle ATR42's were DC9's  Nuts and the Mesaba ATR42's were, well, ATR's.



User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5479 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

I thought airplanes actually fly, man was I dumb  Nuts.
Seriously, I thought airplanes didn't have wheels and when they were at the gate they were hoovering.
rgds,
blink182



Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39660 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

American Airliners 707
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I remeber when I was 5 years old, begging my mother to take me up to the 'lump' upstairs before we crash into the ocean.
Because it was a 4 engine jet, I thought it was a 747 like in the movie Airport '77.


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User currently offlineMDL_777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

When I was little(5 or 6), Continental ran television ads with the slogan "We really move our tail for you!" I remember flying Continental one time when I was small, and at or near the end of the flight, I went to the back of the plane and asked the flight attendant if I could see them move the tail like they said in the commercials!  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

lol!

When i was like 6 i thought there was a ramp at the end of the runway which made the plane go up  Laugh out loud

Also, i thought that the sound of the thrust reversers was the wind against the spoilers.

:-P


User currently offline747buff From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 737 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

I thought the Jetway was part of the airplane.

When I first heard the word "hangar" I thought they actually hung up the planes in there!  Laugh out loud



At Eastern, we earn our wings every day!
User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1547 times:

Here's a stupid one,
I thought the passenges were sitting in the vapor trails

and I also thought the jetway was a part of the plane


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

I used to think that when you flushed the toilet, the water/piss/poop was immediately dumped out onto the people on the ground!


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User currently offlineMark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1539 times:


Ditto about the thrust reverser comments.

And how 'bout this, that airplanes stay up because the wings "push the air down", under them.


User currently offlineFT From Canada, joined May 2001, 80 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

When I was little, I wondered what the big deal about a plane crash was. I figured that all the passengers had to do was jump out of the plane just before it hit the ground. Never clued into the fact that passenger, plane, and everything else were all travelling at the same speed !

I guess I watched too many Cyote & Road Runner cartoons ?  Smile


User currently offlineCo LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

I used to think that the 747 was flown to every city avialable.

User currently offlineDELL_dude From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

My father always told me that a plane's "kitchen" was under the floor.



User currently offlineSEVEN_FIFTY7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 957 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

I used to think clouds were formed from the contrails of flying planes.


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User currently offlineMbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

I thought that on night flights, jets actually flew very close to the moon.

User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

I thought that taxiways and runways were just normal roads that cars drove on as well, and cars and planes shared them -- if we were taxing/taking off, the cars would yield for us!

User currently offlineHagi From Finland, joined Jun 1999, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

Mard_D,

Weell, the airplane kinda DOES fly because the wings push the air down. Only the air also pushes the wings up, hence what we call lift...

I thought contrails were only made by very big planes, like widebodies only.

I also though that on approach and landing, the airplane doesn't slow down at all, but instead charges at full speed all the way to touchdown.

- Hagi


User currently offlineKonaB777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1479 times:

I remembered another thing; I always used to think that the airport was THE airport; that planes would take off, fly around, land, then we would go to Disneyland or wherever. I actually considered flying a waste of time!!

User currently offlineP&M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

I thought only friendly and good looking women become flight attendands. And I thought they were all smart.

User currently offlineFly_emirates From United Arab Emirates, joined Oct 2000, 1046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

when i was small, i thought that the airplanes didnt have pilots, and that they fly by there self.. and that the front window of the cockpit, were the teeth of the plane with which it chews clouds when it gets hungry! hehe
but now, I am a flight attendant


User currently offlineSEA nw DC10 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 491 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

I am 21 years old now, and I haven't been able to live this one down all this time...On a flight to Hawaii when I was 5, I was with my parents, brother and cousins and aunts/uncles. After we took off we went thru the clouds and I said "Dad, are we by God yet?"

Seanwdc10


User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1460 times:



One time when I was really little I had to be re-assured the the plane I was sitting in was not a "big plane" like the one parked at the next gate over. I thought that the big planes were scarrier because the pilots would spin them upside down at times. Don't know where I got that one from.


25 SEA nw DC10 : Oh...one more thing. All growing up until about age 12, I use to look at the safety cards (before I even cared what the hell they were) and I remember
26 DETA737 : When I was first getting into aviation in middle school, I had a book about different airlines, that was from 1975. So when I saw my first A340s, Aero
27 AM744 : I thought there was a parachute under each seat in case it was needed. And of course, that you could actually jump and save your life. I was very impr
28 Post contains images Kevin : I thought that every single airline flies to every single airport around the world. At that time I didn't care about viability and efficiency
29 AmericanF100 : I used to think that planes wheels powered them until they were in the air and then the engines turned on. I also thought planes landed on their belly
30 CanadianDC10 : I used to think that planes took off like helicopters and landed on their nose wheel first!
31 Marcus : I thought that planes "flew" because they achieved such a high speed, gravity could not get a hold of them.
32 Ironminds : i grew up in new york, and we would always fly back to lga from vacation in florida, and i would always be terrified when we approached to land over t
33 IMissPiedmont : As has been mentioned, I also thought there was a ramp at the end of the runways. The first airport I ever saw was PIT at night. I spent hours at the
34 Saxman66 : Once when i was 5 I flew from DFW to ORD. We got to ORD and had to sit for a while because there were no gates. My mom told me this, and I thought it
35 Post contains images Transactoid : I was never interested in airplanes as a kid My how times have changed
36 Airbus380 : I thought that a L10-11 was a DC-8.
37 Heavymetal : My mother still insists I actually passed out cold aboard a factory fresh American DC-10 when I was 5 or 6 and, after my inquiry, was told by a smilin
38 Jgardner : I used to think that airports had hundreds of runways and handled millions of flights per day. I was shocked when I found out that my local airport (K
39 Lehpron : I remember thinking that it was the wheels of the airplane that made it move, like a car.
40 747buff : The first time I saw a DC9, I thought it was a BAC 1-11.
41 BO__einG : I used to thought that planes had parachutes. I also used to think that when a plane is in danger like full engine loss and its falling to the ground
42 L-188 : I used to think that airplanes where very big. That was based on the size of the windows. They just had to be the same size as those bay living room w
43 JetRanger2000 : When I was very young, My family took my on flights all the on AA, so I used to think AA was the only airline.
44 BlatantEcho : When I heard a American jet had made a belly landing, I wondered why it needed all the emergency equipment, I figured it could just lower the gear, ra
45 XFSUgimpLB41X : I always thought the sound of the gear doors opening and the wind rushing while the gear was down was the sound of the full flap extension.
46 Erasmus : When I was a kid I thought it was very exhausting to handfly the plane all the time. Later on I didn't believe the people who told me that pilots read
47 Post contains images VapourTrails : I thought that it was really only the engines that made it fly and the rest was only for appearance (to look like a bird!). I also thought using the t
48 Stephen007 : i thought the small little conical air con vents in the cabin above your seats are emergency engines to keep the plane in the air if the main engines
49 Victor Hotel : when I was young I had no interest in planes. I though it was absolutely crazy though that the engines only worked in air and not in the water. For ex
50 Post contains images EGGD : Oh yes, i used to have Herpa's as a small child, and i thought that aircraft landed nose first!!! The only aircraft i thought existed was the 747 and
51 FlyCMH : I used to think that in the American Airlines logo, the eagle in between the two A's was a pair of scissors.
52 Post contains images Advancedkid : Hi there, I was also under the impression, that planes taxied using wheel-motors, then I grew out of it only to think that reverse thrust was actually
53 Post contains images COboeing777 : you mean those AREN'T scissors in the tail logo of AA planes????
54 Rwy31R : When I was 4 till 6 I thought that the reason why some planes park at the gate while others park further on the tarmack with a stair track used to un
55 QantasAirways : When I was really little, I thought that the plane could take off in short distance and that plane's had to be careful not to hit buildings and others
56 Post contains images FSPilot747 : Wow, this is a great topic. It's amazing how similar to all of you that my thoughts were about airplanes when I was young. I also used to think that t
57 Post contains images KLM672 : I use to think that the wings got longer when we come in for landing, and for some reson I COULD SEE THAT?! ? I mean, my dad use to say "look the wing
58 Deltaflyertoo : I remember when I was 10 thinking that on takeoff roll we were actually travelinga at 500+ MPH on the ground to get airborne. Likewise on landing, I t
59 Tg 747-300 : When I was about 7-8 I thought that every aircraft had the same colors inside and outside. So once when I saw a Braathens a/c (732) with a silver bell
60 Post contains images Lehpron : It still blows me away now how such a phat airplane like the 747 can even get off the ground with those tiny engines. Even a decade ago, I saw a PBS s
61 Post contains images EGGD : Oh man, i just remembered a great one! I used to think that the little silver button that adjusts your seat was some sort of Eject button!!!!!! hehehe
62 N6801 : I used to think that taxiways and runways were equally wide. I also wondered if pilots driving home from work might drive down the centre of the road
63 Post contains images Milldoh : i thought that an airbus was another kind of plane made by boeing. i wish i was right. hahaha
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