Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 368 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1602 times:
Besides seeing pic's of the plane in books and in movies/TV the first real 747 that I saw was a PIA 747-200 taking off from Karachi we were pretty close to the runway at the time and since there wasnt any buildings around the area at the the time in I think in 1977 we got a clear view, but it was a bit disappointing as I did imagine it to be really "Jumbo" which it was not
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7144 posts, RR: 14 Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1566 times:
Quite probably the QF diverted from LHR and MAN must also been fogbound as well seeing that they normally divert here!
Reading through the history of MAN, there are numerous instances of first visit of type when they diverted from LHR, which links to this next paragraph!
We've just celebrated the silver anniversary of Concorde's first appearance at MAN, arriving as the BA578 I believe. When it departed the following day, the noise levels were apparently lower than a 747 which left immediately before it!
CroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1541 times:
I saw it first in Zagreb in late 70's. ZAG was an alternate airport for BEG, and of course, it was Quantas.
After that, it wasn't that rare, at least once or twice a month.
ZAG is not a big airport, and there's no regular flights with 747's.
Up to now, I saw: Quantas 747-100, Lufthansa 747-200 and 400, Air China 747-400, PanAm 747-100, Tower Air (quite frequent in early 90's), Iran Air Cargo, Air France cargo, Saudia, AF1, and there's probably more jumbos used for UN and NATO during the 90's, but I can't remember them all...
Sounds weird for you guys from the "big" airports, but 747 is still quite a sight here in ZAG...
EGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 14 Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1533 times:
Ok, while we are on the topic, what was the very first 'aircraft' you saw in your home airport?
umm, mine was actually the Concorde, my dad took me down to EGFF when i was about 7yrs old and she was there doing a special flight to the bay of biscay and back, i loved it and have never took my eyes of a plane since!
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7144 posts, RR: 14 Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1527 times:
Air India 747 VT-EDU parked at Gate 12, Pier B at MAN on 16th October 1977 having diverted from LHR! Okay, there were BA 1-11s parked nearer the spectator's terraces but that's the one that sticks in my mind as the tail was the first bit of a plane I saw!
Must admit it was a bit of a shock to see how few planes were on the ground the next time I went to MAN: around 10 opposed to the 40 to 50 on that 1st visit!
Skihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1514 times:
An Atlas Air 747-400 lumbering into MEM on a cold day. I know it had the same approach speed as all the other jets I see go by but it looked like it was just barely creeping along. An illusion caused by it's massive size I assume.
CFM-56 From Finland, joined Sep 2001, 239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1484 times:
That was in 1983,I departed ARN for Las Palmas on a SAS 742 "Bjarne Viking". It was the most awesome thing
I had ever seen and to get to fly on it was even better!
I remember as I was only six years at that time I showed all my friends at school a picture of me coming down the stairs from that big plane. Boy they were green in their faces of envy
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1467 times:
First time I saw a 747 it was in when TAP received their first one in the far year of 1972, CS-TJA. TAP eventually ordered 4 brand new 747-200's from their extremely popular route to Africa ( Angola and Mozambique ) and the type fitted perfectly, CS-TJA and TJB stayed until 1984 with TAP but CS-TJC and TJD where just after the revolution leased and latter sold to PIA, TJA and TJB latter passed to TWA as N301TW and N302TW.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3191 posts, RR: 4 Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1437 times:
In POS, Trinidad - it was a BA 747 Classic. That would have been around 1977. Oddly enough I thought that a DC3 (possibly Venezuelan) which was sitting on the tarmac on a previous airport visit was a "Jumbo with propeller" - I then thought that Jumbo referred to the growl of piston engines and not the sheer size of 747! Anyway, I saw many other BA and later KLM 747s in POS for several years after that.
EGBB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1403 times:
Hi all thank you all for your kind words regarding the Qantas pic I took.
It was a publicity flight by Qantas and as you can see by the amount of people on the golf course they did a great job of it ..
The flight came in and departed back to Heathrow btw
All the very best
25 GARUDAROD: It was 1971. AA brought a "Fat Albert" into SAN on an oil charter. They had publicized it all over the radio and TV. I remember waiting 4hours in line
26 Dee-see-eit: I remember it was a very special day. We went to our weekend house at the beach, about one hour away from Barcelona. From the highway near the airport
27 Contrails: I remember my first 747 sighting vividly, although it has now been almost 30 years ago. I believe it was spring of 1972. I was driving toward TUL from
28 TranStar: In 1986, I flew to Australia from LAX to HNL to Cairns on a 747-200B in the old orange/red livery.
29 TranStar: In 1986, I flew to Australia from LAX to HNL to Cairns on a 747-200B in the old orange/red livery.