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What's Your Geatest Regret Regarding Aviation?  
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6631 posts, RR: 21
Posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Here are a few of mine:

1. Never seeing Kai Tak Sad

2. Photographing Eastern during its last year--they had
repainted the aircraft, the nose looked slightly different.
3. Not seeing O-Hare before UA & AA got rid of DC-10 & 727 Sad

What are yours????


I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?
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User currently offlineYKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1130 times:

1. Never once going down to airport in '93 when it was served by CP 737's...than again I was only 11 Sad

2. Not appreciating the CRA livery when it was still around. You dont know how much you might miss something until its truely gone Sad

3. Not bringing my camera to the airport this summer when one evening a CRA F28 came instead of dash 8.....such a terrible feeling Sad

4. Moving away for YKA 5 days before CRA F28's are due to begin a Saturday service.....my second chance at getting photos of one here at YKA and ill miss it by five days Sad

.....all in all this is one cruel hobby...


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8198 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1109 times:

Flying on a pair of MEA 707s but being really ill with flu caught from my seatmate on an Air France 747 the day before and being incredibly ill and not enjoying the experience as much as I could have.

Not doing WHATEVER IT TOOK to get a ride on a pax DC8. (Air Marshall Islands?)

Not sure what you guys'll make of this, but I was at an airshow with a broadcast quality camera when a plane crashed. I was looking the other way. In a way I'm glad I didn't see it or film it but if a plane is going to crash 200 yards away, would you prefer to be watching or not? I don't file this under 'regrets', my only regret is that a family man who was flying to give the crowd enjoyment lost his life. But I saw other people's cruddy domestic quality vidcam footage on TV and I wonder if I'd filmed it with my broadcast machine, I could have sold it to the news networks and given the money to the man's family or the Airmen's Benevolent Fund or something. It was a fucking awful weekend, there were three crashes, a Vampire (two dead), something else (no deaths) and a rare WW2 fighter (one dead - the one that went in right in front of me). Horrible and confusing day.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineBombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

That I never rode the jumpseat for landing before it became totally outlawed. That's something that I really wanted to do, and came close to doing, but never got to in the end.

/gwl


User currently offlineInbound From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2001, 851 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1082 times:

my flight school !!
 Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1082 times:

No 707s, 880s, 990s, 747s or any late model propliners like Viscounts, Electras or similar in my log book.

"Ho-humming" at another Braniff 727, Eastern Whisperjet or Texas International DC9 when I was growing up just a mile from the San Antonio Intl. Airport.



User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

Never flown on the tristar........

User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1054 times:
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Seeing the planes after 9/11. The security is tighter and it might not get back to normal. I hope it goes back to normal. I don't know.


"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1041 times:

1. Not visiting the cockpit on US flights while you still could  Sad
2. Not going on an L1011
3 Not going to Kai Tak
4. Not going on a 747-100
5. selling some of my best safetycards before I started to collect them  Sad



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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8198 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

Oh, I just remembered the ULTIMATE regret. Flying to Kai Tak on a Cathay 747-200 (from Sydney) and GETTING THE JUMPSEAT, only to find it was the ONE DAY A MONTH (approx) when winds necesitated the straight-in approach over the sea. And knowing I wouldn't get a chance to return before the advent of Chek Mi Kok or whatever it's called. To say I was upset would be the understatement of the century (any century). AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!


fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineMfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1022 times:

When I was a child, my family was booked on the old Frontier Airlines from Wichita to Denver, while the remainder of our itinerary was on Continental. I told them we could just go to the Continental counter, and they'd book us on one of their flights for the short hop to the Denver hub. Shortly afterwards, the old Frontier shut down, and while I have flown the new Frontier often, I can never say that I flew the old Frontier.


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User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1004 times:

1. Never flying on a 747, dammit. And since ETOPS, most of the places I have any interest in going are now served by twins.

2. Passing on a chance to fly in a Hurricane Hunter C130..(the guy who DID go blew chunks everywhere, as I'm sure I would have...but I doubt I'd ever get nervous about turbulence again!)

3. Never getting my own radio morning show, cause it seems like it's those guys who always get invited up on Blue Angels and Thunderbirds press junkets.


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6344 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 995 times:

Losing all the pictures I took between 1968 and 1985. Women can be so vindictive sometimes. Oh well, at least I have a beautiful daughter. Seh's worth much more. I can see pictures from this era easily enough. I still remember the sight of the 707/DC-8/VC-10/CV880 etc.


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineWadha From United Arab Emirates, joined Mar 2000, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 998 times:

1-Emirates not getting New narrow bodies.
2- Emirates not operating direct routes to north america
3- not going to fly for more six months


User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 983 times:

Here are a few of my regrets...
1. Resigning from Frontier Airlines.
2. Having never flown in a L-1011.
3. Never been able to afford flying lessons.
Regards.



"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 980 times:

Not being able to go on an L-1011, they'll probably all be gone before I get a chance.


BMW - The Ultimate Driving Machine
User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 966 times:

Not being able to fly on the DC-10 and Tristar.

alvin



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User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 964 times:

I have no regrets.


I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4783 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days ago) and read 958 times:

Not joining the Mile High Club ...Yet


The best contribution to safety is a competent Pilot.
User currently offlineBuckFifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days ago) and read 953 times:

Not saving more 'real' forks and knives before they got outlawed...

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 951 times:

Not really regrets but I would've liked to have seen Kai Tak too and Pan Am survive Smile


.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineDC-10inLB From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 948 times:

1. I wish I could have flown on a CV880/990, but that was way before my time. I did manage to get on a Skyworld 707-300 and United DC-8-71 though.

2. I wish I had a better experience on my Pan Am 747. The service sucked though.

3. Never flew on MGM Grand Air.

4. I wish I was able to fly on the sea planes between Long Beach and Catalina.

5. I wish there weren't so many plain efficient aircraft nowadays. I like planes with a little smoke, a little noise, performance that pushes you back in your seat. I miss the days when DC-10s and 747s were the standard on any flight over 3 hours.


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 944 times:

The fact that I will not be flying on a Qantas 747-sp or a QF 747 classic ever again. BOO HOO!!!!!!!!

User currently offlineVapourTrails From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 934 times:
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* Not working in the aviation industry..

* Not flying with Impulse Airlines when they were this..

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* Not knowing people involved in aviation..

* Not asking to visit the cockpit during a flight or sitting in the jumpseat..

* Not visiting Kai Tak..

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User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 929 times:

1. Not making it to Kai Tak.
2. Not getting to fly on Pan American World Airways.
3. Not getting to fly on a DC-8.
4. Not getting to fly Braniff's "The Great Pumpkin" from DFW to HNL. I flew it to LGW once, came back on the 747SP. 5. Watching Braniff go out of business. It was one of the saddest days of my life.



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User currently offlineB727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 3
Reply 25, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 927 times:


1. Not going to Kai Tak.

2. Not speaking up louder when I saw Air New Zealand totally screwing Ansett Australia.


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