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When Did You First See A 747?  
User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

Why was Qantas the first aircraft to land in BHX?
I found this great pic but am abit baffled as to why 'Qantas' was the first instead of the likes of BA or KLM, etc....can anyone enlighten me?
EGFF


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User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2311 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 Smile

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User currently offlineVH-OJO From Slovakia, joined Jan 2000, 238 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

In 1989 in VIE it was a 747SP of Iran Air. Quite impressive and now a rare sight.

User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2275 times:
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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!

David/MAN: 238 and counting


User currently offlineVapourTrails From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2263 times:
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In the 1980's at MEL. I couldn't believe how 'Jumbo' it was!  Smile

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EGFF, I love the photo that you used, a real classic!





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User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

Yep.....I have that pic stored on my P.C...absolute classic  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
EGFF



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User currently offlineCroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2250 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...

CroFlight


User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2242 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!
EGFF  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2236 times:
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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!

David/MAN: 238 and counting


User currently offlineKuba74 From Poland, joined Mar 2000, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

Vienna Schwechat Airport, August 1990, KLM Boeing 747-300.

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User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2223 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.

Chris


User currently offlineTAA_Airbus From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

Probably because they got there first!

As for when did i first see a 747, how the hell would i know!


User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

hmmm, well if your gonna have that attitude there was really no point in you posting on here!!!
EGFF



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User currently offlineDaks From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

Mine was on a visit to the Aer Lingus hangars at Dub in 1977 , EI-BED was in for a D check .it was the biggest thing I had ever seen

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But look at it now

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very sad indeed



User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

I hate seeing aircraft like that, just wasting away....ah well, life goes on  Crying
EGFF



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User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2200 times:

I saw my first in 1993 at LHR and I think it was PIA.


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User currently offlineCFM-56 From Finland, joined Sep 2001, 239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2193 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  Big thumbs up

"In thrust we trust" CFM56


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2176 times:


Hi!

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.
regards


User currently offlineBoeingnut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2178 times:

I can't remember the exact year it was (I was just a little tyke!), but it was in the early 80's, probably 83.

It was at Renschler Field, the airfield at Pratt and Whitney's main manufacturing plant in East Hartford, CT.

They used to have airshows every now and then, and I distinctly remember walking up to an AA 747 (just goes to show how long ago this was!) and thinking how BIIIIG it was.

Unfortunately, AA ditched their 747 fleet, and Renschler Field is no more, and is currently being dug up and turned into a football stadium for UConn


User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2171 times:

Cool CV990, I've never seen a 742 in TAP colours, i bet it looks quite nice!
EGFF

btw, i havnt said when i saw my first 747, umm i would say it was at EGFF in the 'British Airways' maintenance hangar......
EGFF



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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6278 posts, RR: 34
Reply 20, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 2166 times:

Several UA, CO and TW at LAX in July 1970. Seems like yesterday sometimes.


Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offlineClassic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 2150 times:

My first 747 was an Atlas Air 747-228F I saw it in March 1999 at IAH. It was huge!! I saw two more 747s that day, a KLM 747-406M and a British Airways 747-436. Awsome!

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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3225 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 2146 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.

Trintocan.



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User currently offlineKcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 8 months 23 hours ago) and read 2132 times:

I still haven't seen my first 747!!!

User currently offlineEGBB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 2112 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

Derek Pedley


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 Post contains links and images 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.
30 Post contains links and images Bacardi182 : Mine was when I was a little boy going back to England from Miami, on Spirit of Sir Freddie with Virgin Atlantic. Click for large versionPhoto ©
31 EGGD : Schiphol, 1988 en route to MAN. btw. Dave_itl, i am sure that most QF 747's that arrive in MAN come from AMS? Regards Dan
32 Post contains links and images CcrlR : I rode on one! Chicago IL 1986 UAL ORD-LAS Boeing 747-100 Click for large versionPhoto © AirNikon
33 NWA ARJ : The first one I saw was about 9 years ago at MSP and it was a Northwest and It was a beauty
34 Post contains links and images Fanofjets : My first sight of a Jumbo was a Pan Am bird gliding in for a landing while I was living on the outskirts of Amsterdam (Buitenveldert). And that 11-yea
35 Aztec01 : Way back in 1975. Saw some friends off to HNL from CLE. A big 'ol UAL B747!! I remember standing slack-jawed on the OD watching that monster take off!
36 Ned Kelly : My 1st sight of a 747 was of a Pan Am around 1970/71 when I was 9 years old whilst at school in London. The class was totally silent as the teacher wa
37 Post contains images David_itl : Dan Can't quite remember the precise routing, think it stopped off in a couple of places (AMS + ???) as well as MEL and SYD. 1st service (1st April 1
38 Post contains links and images Heavymetal : Click for large versionPhoto © Eddy Cuperus UTA (only a passenger -200 I think, not cargo) ...over the south shore of Boston as it prepared to tu
39 Jsmith : First sighting of a 747 in Brisbane in 1977 I think - a reverse of the original post of the QF in BHX. This was a BA 747 - the first for me. I was abo
40 Cedarjet : Can't remember, lived under the flightpath in Sydney and 747s were there before I was. First ones I was aware of were the daily Pan Am SPs which were
41 Goingboeing : August 1973 - Dallas Love Field. Braniff ship #601 - "Fat Al". Beautiful site.
42 Ryu2 : I'm pretty sure my first plane flights for the first 5 years of my life or so were all on 747s, flying between LAX and Asia (HKG, TPE, etc).
43 Na : It was 1971 or 1972 and I was a small boy, when my parents took me to Duesseldorf airport. One of the most impressive things I saw in my life was when
44 Post contains images The Paul : but it was a bit disappointing as I did imagine it to be really "Jumbo" which it was not Airmale, the 747 is a very large jet, you probably were'nt as
45 Post contains images Airmale : I used to work of Air France freighters nearly every day till June as well as be very close to PIA 747s on the ramp and I never have found them to be
46 The Paul : Well, then what do you call jumbo? The C5-A and An-124 are not that much larger than a 747 by total size, especially by looking at them sitting by eac
47 ILS : First time I can remember is probably at IAH in 1992 when I was 6.
48 IMissPiedmont : Contrails : No great mystery. TUL has been the main maintenace base for AA for many years. Airmale: The 747 not big? It's first nickname was "The Mess
49 Trickijedi : The first 747 I saw was the one I flew in. I was 9 years old on a flight from MNL-ORD with a stopover in Tokyo. Awesome! Double pleasure!
50 Post contains images 747buff : "The first one I saw was about 9 years ago at MSP and it was a Northwest and It was a beauty" Hey, same here!
51 FrequentFlyKid : I saw my first 747 in November of 2000 at IAH. It was a British Airways 747-400 from London. I saw my first upclose one in ORD in January of 2001.. It
52 Post contains links and images Acidradio : My house is occasionally under the flightpath of MSP. In my childhood, I would see large planes (like 747's and DC10's) fly over and on a hot day they
53 Aerorobnz : I honestly can't remember, they have always been at AKL since I was born, so I guess my 'first' 747 was when I could identify one first, which must ha
54 Covert : how am i supposed to remember something like that?
55 Dauphine : I flew on a CO 747 in April 1972 from LAX to Stapleton. As a 9 yr-old kid, the upper deck was REALLY impressive.
56 Post contains images EGGD : Well i have flown MAN-AMS schedueled on a QF742, although i can't remember it
57 Post contains images ZK-NBT : Sometime probably in the mid 80's at AKL. See them everyday now and can't get enough of them!
58 Tomindc : It was a PAA 747 on final to Heathrow in June, 1970. I had gone to Europe via ship (thus didn't go through JFK) and was on a tour bus headed toward Lo
59 Bhill : My father was a journeyman carpenter for Boeing here in the Seattle area, ie. Renton and Everette plants; before computer modeling was the standard. G
60 Bhill : BTW..you can still see "Old number one" at the museum of flight here in Seattle...
61 Mls515 : I was flying on a WN flight from MCI that made a stop in TUL on the way to HOU. When taking off from TUL I'm pretty sure I got a glimpse of one at a v
62 Boeing nut : Mine was a Lufthansa 747F down in Miami. I was like a deer caught in the headlights staring at it.
63 707guy : Actually my mom has always told me that when I was 4 years old we were going to fly on the first United 747 flight from CLE to LAX, but due to the oil
64 YWG : I remember seeing an Air New Xealnd 747-400 landing here in Winnipeg Canada on a medical diversion.
65 DC-10inLB : I remember the first time a saw a 747 very clearly. It was truely impressive and very scary to a 4 year old. It was 1978, I went with my dad and aunt
66 Post contains links and images Justplanesmart : It was in the spring or summer of 1971, near my sixth birthday, and my family took my great aunt to Love Field for her flight to Europe, and while we
67 Post contains images Brian_ga : Before DFW was even built there was a airport just south of there called Greater Southwest Airport ( GSW ). My family lived just 4 miles from there an
68 Blink182 : I really don't remember when I saw my first 747 ever, but when I first flew on one, I couldn't get over how big it was. A sight I remember pretty vivi
69 Silverfox : Can i claim a prize for: Seeing the first PAA 747 arrive at LHR on a proving flight jan/Feb 1970 Seeing the first revenue flight of a DH Comet in apl
70 Lambourne : The first I saw (I think) was in 1975, a Pan Am in the hold at my username. I remember a KLM DC8-63 behind it.
71 OH-LZA : The first time i knowingly saw a B747 was at JFK on June 1st 1997, it was a SR B747-300 at one of the Delta terminals which Finnair used at the time (
72 Commander Data : This year on Spring Break, I say a 747 in Northwest Airlines colors at Phoexix, AZ's Sky Harbor International Airport
73 Post contains images Airplanelover : When I was about 6 years old, I remember driving past PIT, and seeing a British Airways 747 flying right over our car, and I remember my dad saying th
74 RayChuang : The first time I saw a 747 for real was watching a 747-100 of JL parked at HKG in in June 1970 when I flew there from TPE on a CI 727-200 flight. That
75 EI133 : Mine was an Aer Lingus in Dublin Airport in the early eighties Sad to see that photo of the broken up 747 of Aer Lingus I flew on them a few times. La
76 SWA TPA : Mine first sighting is between a NW 747 and a BA 747 here in TPA. It was sometime in the 80's and I cant remember which I saw first. My 1st flight was
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