Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2055 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 362 times:
I agree, Lasbagman.
Back in the '60s, the 707 and DC-8 were pure magic. Though their interiors seem quaint by today's standards, back then they were truly state-of-the art, especially the 707 and CV-880.
My favorite was the KLM DC-8-63, gorgeous aircraft inside and out. I flew on the following:
Air India 707-437
Pan Am 707-321
Pan Am DC-8-32
Swissair DC-8-54 or -32
Each one was an experience to remember. As a young lad then, I preferred the interior of the 707 but liked the DC-8 for its large windows. On one of my Pan Am flights I experienced my first inflight entertainment: black-and-white video monitors were fastened above the hat racks; audio was through a headset made up of hollow plastic tubes plugged into the seat armrest.
In the '70s and '80s, many airlines let these queens of the skies show their age. I flew on a Sabena 707-329C, a British Airtours 707-336C, and a Rich International (former Braniff) DC-8-62. They were quite ratty inside (though British Airtours had very good service).
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Coronado From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 322 times:
Varig 707 (many times between 1966 and 1981)
Varig CV 990A Coronado (twice) in 1965 before they disposed of them
SAMIT Caravelle (Italy) 1973-75 (about 3-4 flights from Malpensa to Gatwick)
Tame Ecuador- Caravelle- 1979-80 Quito -Guayquil and returns- 3 or 4 times
BCAL VC-10 (British Caledonian)-London-Rio with stop in Recife.
World Airways DC8-62 (Charter from US to Italy)
Spantax CV990 (1974!-Munich-Mallorca Spain Charter)
Numerous Panam 707's from Miami to Caracas.
Lan Chile 707
Braniff DC-8 (El Interamericano- to spots such as Panama City, Quito, Guayaquil, Lima, Asuncion. La Paz. Bs. As during between 1977 and 1981--about 6 or 8 flights per year-I think I flew all colors during the Alexander Calder design years under the Lawrences)
Tops of the list: 1984 747-SP Iraqi Airways Baghdad-Instanbul-Franfurt at time when US was selling food and stuff to Iraq which was fighting Iran at the time--
How things change!
1958- REAL Lockheed SuperConstellation 1049--our family had the whole rear 'family' compartment that wrapped around the rear bulkhead-amazing.
757's most remind me of the narrow bodies during those years.
The Original Coronado: First CV jet flights RG CV 990 July 1965; DL CV 880 July 1965; Spantax CV990 Feb 1973
AlphaZulu From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 266 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 277 times:
The one flight that really sticks out was an SAS DC-8-63 flight from Copenhagen to Los Angeles (with stops in Bergen Norway and Seattle) in mid 1972.
As things go I was a young lad who had spent 2 weeks in Norway visiting my great uncle and aunt. I just had a wonderful time and everyone was so friendly, especially the girls...............
Ok, back to the topic......... Bergen was the most interesting airport of the trip. The BIG 63 landed in the early afternoon and we spent around 2 hours on the ground. The terminal was just one small room so the 200 + passengers were really cramped, to say the least.
Soon we were taxing out to the runway and then headed right down the center of it. I wasn't use to that but there wasn't any room for a taxiway in Bergen.
As the big jet reached the end of the runway she did a 180 giving me a great view of what laid ahead. The runway looked like a rollercoaster ride with dips and peaks in it.
As she nosed into position and came to a halt we sat silent for about 10 seconds. Slowly the captain throttled up the engines, the big jet held in place. As he released the brakes we started our roll. It seamed like an eternity until our rotation. As we lifted off the end of the runway immediately disappeared beneath us, as we had used up every inch of it.
I'm sure each and everyone of you out there has a flight that really brings back great memories, mine just happened to be on a DC-8.
Heinz From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 266 times:
Last 707 flight:
Argentine AF 707 TC91 on 22.04.97 and 23.04.97 from BUE-Ezeiza to Cordoba and La Rioja. Later we were treated to several flights on Arg.AF's F28s TC52 and TC53. Incidentally, TC53 has c/n 11020, was built in 1970 and must thus be one of the oldest F28s still flying (along with sistership TC54 c/n 11018).
Last DC8 flight:
LAP DC8-71 N8079U on 09APR91 ASU-DKR-MAD-FRA.
This a/c crashed later at Sacramento-McClellan on an Emery cargo flight.
DC-10inLB From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 243 times:
My most memorable flights are on those 2 aircraft....I had the opportunity to fly on a 707-300B in 1987 when I was 13. It was a charter airline called Skyworld (Denver Ports of Call) LAX-SLC for a ski trip. Great ride, high and fast. Quite a rocket ride.
In 1991, some freinds and I went to SFO for a day or so. My buddy's and my prime motivation was to get on United's DC-8 super 70s before they were retired that same year. Again, another great flight, fast, huge windows too.
FlyHigh@tom From United Arab Emirates, joined Sep 2001, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 222 times:
Before the UN embargo my dad used to work in Libya and the normal type to be flown in was the Libyan 707 (very old a/c)
The last flight i made was somewhere in april 1990 from Karachi to Tripoli. it was 10hr flight with a stopover somewhere in Jordan i think.
LAA was never comfortable, but i had a great view as it was a day flight and the flight was only half full. i travelled alone at that time and was kid of 14 or 15 yrs...so i enjoyed every bit of it from my window seat just before the wings.
Trident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 213 times:
Flew back from Tangier to Gatwick in 1977 on a British Airtours 707- 400 It being in charter configuration I remember it being quite cramped.However I had fallen in love with the 707 the previous year when we flew on one(Airtours again)from Heathrow to Malta (returning on a Trident 3).On the take off roll from Tangier one of the Conways shedded a few turbine blades causing an abort and a 14 hour wait for a replacement 707!
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 203 times:
Flew on a lot of Pan Am 707s in the 1960 and early 70s, and every flight was magic. Still remember the wing area, which seemed gigantic at that time, and the way the flaps and spoilers seemed to open up the whole wing on landing. Also flew on BOAC, TWA and Qantas 707s, but never had the chance to fly in a DC8, as they didn't have the trans-Pacific range. At one time, the Pan Am flight to London went (from memory), Sydney-Bangkok-Delhi-Teheran-Istanbul-Beirut-Frankfurt-London-New York in one direction, and Sydney-Nadi-Honolulu-Los Angeles in the other. One flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles, I sat beside Della Reese (Touched by an Angel), who, in those days was a big recording star, but not on TV. Always wondered what she was doing in economy, but she was a lovely lady. Bet she flies up front these days. Even managed to get hi-jacked in Beirut travelling Pan Am on one memorable occasion. Also did Los Angeles - London via Frobisher Bay, which was fun. The return trip was via Winnipeg, which still remains in my mind as one of the least interesting places that I have ever touched down...but maybe it's changed.