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Any Pilots Fly Planes Older Than They Are?  
User currently offlineAdamHarvard From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 72 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1278 times:

I was wondering if any commercial airline pilots out there actually fly AC that are older than they are, for example many of the cargo airlines fly fairly old, converted ex-pax jets that can be up to 30+ years old. Even some of the majors remaining 'classics' (DC-10/ 747/ L1011 e.t.c.) are in their late twenties, are there any newly qualified crew members on these types who were born after the AC manufacture date?

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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1248 times:

Kind of off topic, but I've heard theres a possiblity (or maybe its already happened) of a third generation pilot on the B-52 pretty soon. Must be weird to fly not only the same type, but I could imagine even same aircraft that your father flew and grandfather flew, still with the same operator.

User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1241 times:

I saw a B-52 pilot who had flown in Afghanistan doing a news interview. He said that the aircraft he flew into combat was the same aircraft flown by his grandfather and then his father.

As for commercial aircraft, I would think some of the early 727's, 737's, and maybe some DC-9's.



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User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2742 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1223 times:

I was talking to a young pilot who had only been flying for 4 years at the airshow and he flies the DC-3 for Buffalo Airways. I imagine all the pilots that fly the DC-3 or C-46 or DC-4 are younger then the plane.

User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days ago) and read 1199 times:

Anybody here work for Northwest?  Big thumbs up

Max


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days ago) and read 1185 times:

According to Bill Harms' website, Northwest, Airborne Express, and AirTran all still have some DC-9s in their fleets from the mid-to-late 1960s and early 1970s, so I guess it's conceivable that a new-hire F/O could be in an aircraft older than he/she is...

User currently offlineStrickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1122 times:

I do! I'm 17 years old (b. March 27, 1985) and I fly a 22 year old Cessna 172N (1980 model).

-Jeffrey


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