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Famous/Rare/Special Aircraft You Have Had  
User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1587 times:

Some days ago I updated my logbook of all flights done in the last years. While doing that I once more realized that I already had some quite rare/special aircraft, even though my student’s budget only allows me a limited number of flights per year.
What kind of rare/special/famous aircraft have you flown so far? Have you ever had special liveries (I have never had that luck)?


Here’s a list of some of my “goodies”:


- Airbus A310-222 (Singapore Als), 9V-STL, msn 363

9V-STL was one of few A310-200 left with SIA in 1997 when I flew from SIN to DPS, I was lucky not to get an A313 that day. I just read that 9V-STL was scrapped in April this year.


- Airbus A320-111 (Air France), F-GFKQ Ville de Berlin, msn 002

F-GFKQ was built in 1987 as the second A320 family aircraft, it is even the oldest A320 in airline service since the prototype 001 has been flying with Airbus Industrie as a test aircraft all the time. However, when I had that special plane on a CDG-MUC flight I couldn’t enjoy it because it was Sept.11th 2001 and I was totally shocked by the events in the US. On that day I had already been on AF067 CDG-LAX which had to return to Paris, GFKQ brought me back to MUC that evening.


- Airbus A340-313E (Singapore Als), 9V-SJE, msn 149

9V-SJE was surprisingly used on a DPS-SIN flight in 1997, as a replacement for the usual A313. After only few years of service with SIA the aircraft left the fleet early this year and is now flying with Khalifa. Soon all the A340-300 will be history for SIA.


- Boeing 737-430 (Lufthansa), D-ABKC Straubing, msn 2323

D-ABKC was one of only seven B737-400 ever operated by Lufthansa for a couple of years, mainly used on the so-called Lufthansa Express domestic routes. Today the plane is operated by Air One.


- Boeing 747-367 (Cathay Pacific), B-HON, msn 709

B-HON was one of the last B747-300 built, its year of construction was 1988. B-HON was the only B747-300 in Cathay’s fleet which already had features from the B747-400, the reason why it was stored longer than its sisterships. It currently is being prepared for PIA. I had B-HON on a HKG-BKK flight in 1997, when it was already equipped with a new cabin and PTVs in Economy!


- Boeing 747-430 (Lufthansa), D-ABVA Berlin, msn 723

D-ABVA Berlin is Lufthansa’s flagship, it was the first B747-400 being delivered to the airline in May 1989. The plane brought me back to FRA from LAX in 1995.


- Boeing 747-430 (Lufthansa), D-ABVB Bonn, msn 700

D-ABVB is the oldest B747-400 in active airline service. It is the only B747-400 which was officially constructed in 1988, however it was not the first B747-400 flying. D-ABVB flew me to LAX for the first time in 1994.


- Boeing 747-48E(M) (Air Namibia), V5-NMA Welwitschia, msn 1131

V5-NMA is the only B747-400 ever operated by Air Namibia. I once booked the famous same-day roundtrip FRA-LHR-FRA and was allowed to spend the whole return flight in the cockpit. That fine aircraft will soon leave the fleet and be replaced by smaller equipment.


- Boeing 777-236 (British Airways), G-ZZZC Rendezvous cls, msn 015

G-ZZZC was the first B777 being delivered to British Airways in November 1995. I had that aircraft on a flight to Dubai in 1999 when it was still painted in the stunning Rendezvous livery.


Beside the aircraft listed in detail other rare aircraft were Air France B747-100, Northwest DC-10-40, Iberia DC-9-34 and Iberia B727-200 (A).
Special liveries? Never. But I was close…one day I was booked on CX253, a HKG-LHR flight, and guess what: CX251, the other flight was operated by B-HOX (Spirit of Hong Kong)…I was not amused I can tell.



Regards
Udo

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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1557 times:

F-WWCC the A340-600 used in certification trials, FRA-SIN.

User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1540 times:

Hi!

I have one or two that where also very special.

1981/09/07 - D-ABEA - LH 737-130 - GVA/FRA - First 737 ever built and a 100 version. I was pleased with that and I still remember that the division between smoking and non-smoking areas was, left side smoking / right side non-smoking, that was interesting.

1998/08/28 - N601UA - UA 767-200 - LAX/JFK - First 767 ever built. It was a red-eye flight that was really good for us. We arrived early morning to New York and had some time walking in Manhattan. I had the chance to visit for the first and last time the WTC. Latter that day we returned to JFK.

Regards


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1535 times:

- 1999: BRU to DUS in Sabena`s 75 anniversary ARJ.

- Last year: MUC to DUS on LH`s D-AIRA, the first 321-100.

- I have also flown on V5-NMA, you mentioned this plane already in your post.

Patrick


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1525 times:
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I am not sure what you mean by, "you have had" Meaning what we rode??

The Kestrel, and Cockatiel, both in the Qantaslink fleet.

Also, I saw the AA retrojet 757 5 years ago in Seattle and saw it again this weekend in Miami. Too cool.



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User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1517 times:

Sorry for the misunderstanding, but I mean aircraft you have flown on.


Regards
Udo


User currently offlineZebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 416 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

I have flown on the following:
Shamu FLL-TPA-BWI and Lonstar BWI-FLL

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When I was a child in '76 I flew on this ATL-LGA

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Back in '94 I flew this 727 with winglets from SFO-CVG:

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User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1486 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

Udo: 9V-SJE was also one of three aircraft painted in SIA's 50th Anniversary colours. 9V-STL was also the final A310-200 in SIA service . . .

I was fortunate to have flown on the following:

1. 9V-SQA Singapore Airlines B777-212 in 50th Anniversary livery on its very first commercial flight in Oct 1997 from SIN to Jakarta (CGK).

2. 9V-SPL Singapore Airlines B777-412 in Tropical livery in November 1998 from LHR to SIN.

3. TC-JII Turkish Airlines A340-300 with "World Cup 2002" livery from SIN to BKK recently.

4. JA8187 JAL Resocha B747-300 in the beautiful salmon coloured livery from NRT to HNL in January 2001

5. HB-IWN Swissair MD-11 in the Swissair asia livery from SIN to BKK.

6. B-HMZ Cathay Pacific Airways A340-300 leased from Air China.

It is always nice to fly on an aircraft that in its own small ways is differentiated from others in the fleet. Looking forward to other experiences from fellow enthusiasts. Can be sure that I turn green hearing of others who flew on Ndizani, Disneysea, Wunala and Nalanji, Spirit of Hongkong, Spirit of Delta, Teamwork, Rizzi bird . . . !!!!!

KC Sim
Bangkok



User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1412 times:

3/12/2000
9V-SMU 1000th 747
SQ002 SIN-HKG

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11/8/2001(?)
B-HOX SOHK2000
CX110 SYD-HKG

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cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

LHR-JFK AUG2899 BA113 on G-BMGS, a Caledonian 741, retired a month or two afterwards.

JFK-LHR SEP0599 BA172 on G-AWNF, BA 741, scrapped November 99

I wasnt interested in flying when i flew them, but thats what got me hooked, and what a way to start.

BA777


User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

oops, I missed one

30/9/1996
J8??? Super Resort Express (yellow)
JL778 SYD-KIX

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cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

Bae 146-100 G-OBAF .This was a pre production airframe that carried out route proving flights.it was operated by British Air Ferries on behalf of British Aerospace .The 146 never entered comercial service with BAF and it wasn't untill they became British World that they got their first 146. My aunt worked for Bae so she got me tickets on a route proving flight from Hatfield to Toulouse.

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User currently offlineHias From Germany, joined Sep 2000, 349 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

The most special plane was a Vickers VC10 of the Royal Air Force during a 2.5 hours air-to-air refuelling mission. It was amazing when the German ECR Tornados joined the VC10 and then receiving fuel.

Regards

Mathias
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mathias.henig@gmx.de


User currently offlineRA-85154 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1378 times:

Back in 1993, when my family and I were going on holiday to Crete, Greece, our Martinair flight was carried out by one of their 2 Airbus A310's, one of which was an A310C (afaik, the only A310Combi in pax service then)


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We flew this aircraft, the PH-MCB "Prins Maurits", and when inside the cabin, you could see the cargodoor in the fuselage. I think the passengers sitting next to it did not even know they're 'windows' could be opened Big thumbs up

Martijn


User currently offlineEl Al 001 From Israel, joined Oct 1999, 1063 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

Few years ago I was flying to FRA from TLV onboard El Al 747-200C, 4X-AXD.
What was special about it is that this a/c operated one of the ADD-TLV flights that LY was operating during the secretly Solomon operation (took place in 1991, in order to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel). This a/c departed ADD with 1084 pax onboard!!! But landed with 1087 pax since 3 babies were born during the flight! It set a worldwide record for the most pax carried on a single 747 (or any other aircraft) flight!

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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5008 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1314 times:

I flew on this bad boy DCA-STL in '98. Too bad AA didn't keep it in some sort of special scheme considering 1,000's of their new employees are still paying for it (until they get laid off of course).

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Next Up: STL-LGA-RIC-ATL-STL
User currently offlineAlpere1 From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

9V-SMU 1000th 747 on Sept. 18th 2001 SQ 0333 MAD-CDG-SIN


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G-CIVA British Asia Airways on July 27th 1998 BA 09 LHR-BKK-SYD


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User currently offlineOO-AOG From Switzerland, joined Dec 2000, 1426 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1282 times:

My top 10 must be:
Air Rep TU-204 Cargo RA-64021
Cargolion DC8/62CF Cargo LX-TLB
Heavylift Shorts Belfast Cargo G-HLFT
Alliance B747SP ZS-SPA
Air Nippon YS-11 JA8772
JAC YS-11 JA8759
Chalk's G73 Mallard N130FB
ENSA Aerotaxi AN-2 CU-T1531
America West B737-112 N708AW
Amerer Air L188 Electra OE-ILB



Falcon....like a limo but with wings
User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1263 times:

On my trip to london last year, both my away and return flights were performed by Star Alliance Logojets. G-MIDX away and G-MIDW return.

Wietse



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