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User currently offlineUALrampORD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3377 times:

Just curious to see what your first commercial flight was like. What airline and aircraft you flew on and what cities they were between. This is the flight that started my love of aviation. Smile

Airline: United Airlines
Flight: ?
Departure City: ORD
Arrival City: IAD
Aircraft: 737-200

It was in the begining of July 1992. It was a great flight and I have not or will not forget the flight (as most of us will not forget our first). O.k. lets see yours now.


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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3359 times:


Weird... I was gonna start a topic exactly on this very topic.

Great minds think alike I guess. Big grin

Anyway, when I was a kid my mom told me that I used to fly a lot when I was an infant, mostly on international flights. But my first commercial flight that I (somewhat) remember was a Northwest Orient flight from ORD-NRT-MNL when I was 8 or 9. By myself! You'd think a flight like that would be memorable but I don't honestly remember much of it other than having to deplane via stairs at NRT.

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3355 times:

I flew first flight prop-jet CV-580 on North Central DAY-MKE on summer of 1973. I flew first jet on DC-9-30 North Central return MKE-DAY summer of 1973.

I remembered some of it on first flight. I remembered well after all, I fell in love aviation when I raised.


User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3353 times:

I think I was 6 1/2 years old, so it was December of 1975 during Christmas break. My dad and I had taken our trailer down to Lake Jennings, near San Diego, to go fishing for a week, but my brother was sick, so he and my mom stayed behind for a couple of days, and then they flew down (LAX-SAN) on PSA. So, to make it fair, on the way back, I got to fly back with my mom SAN-LAX and my brother drove back with my dad.

I know it was a 727, and I recall it being in the tri-colors with the smile, and I recall wanting (and getting) the window seat, and marvelling at the coastline going by. All too soon, the flight was over.

Not much has changed, though. I still prefer the window seat (although I let my common sense take over and fly in an aisle seat trans-pacific) and I look forward to flying!


User currently offlineUALrampORD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3345 times:

Trickijedi- I think your right about that!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

My first commercial flight was from New York to London -
There we connected with BEA flight (Vickers Viking) -
I was 5 of age - on board of a Pan American Boeing 377 -
I received a "diploma" in my name - aircraft was N1029V -
Aug 29-30-31, 1949...
I remember I played in the spiral staircase down to the bar...
And also visited the cockpit... (Mother and I had VIP treatment)
Dad was Air Attache at US Embassy in Paris...

(s) Skipper

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3341 times:

I believe it was late in 1983 or early 1984---I was only around 10 months old, ORD-LGB on a Jet America MD-80. My parents were looking at houses in the LA area.

America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineTu144d From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 198 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

My first flight was when I was 4 years old on TWA in 1986...I flew from San Juan to JFK then connected and flew JFK-CDG-Cairo-Bombay. Sory, don't remember the aircraft though I'd appreciate it if some TWA buffs could tell what planes I was most likely on.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29910 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

It would have been 1979, on a Reeve Aleutian Electra.

User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3323 times:

Back in May of 1986, I was 7 1/2 months old. Took a Pan Am 747-100 from JFK-LAX. Theres a picture of me in the seat, looking very cute, group awwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
DC-10's Forever

"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently offlineAsgeirs From Iceland, joined May 2001, 517 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3322 times:

My first flight was in 1988 when I was 10 years old and went on a holiday with my parents. We flew to Cologne, Germany and back home from Amsterdam 7 days later (12/09/1988-19/09/1988).

Airline: Eagle Air of Iceland (went under in the early ninetees)
Flight: IS524
Departure City: KEF/BIKF (Keflavik, Iceland)
Arrival City: CGN/EDDK (Cologne (Köln), Germany)
Aircraft: 737-200 (TF-ISA or TF-VLT)

I can't say I remember very much from that first flight. My interest in aviation didn't start to emerge until after I went on my third trip abroad in August, 2000.

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User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3330 times:

Dear Vikram -
Absolutely certain that you were on 747-100 with TWA from JFK, all the way to BOM - I was doing that route quite often (with PanAm) and I remember TWA was normally using the 747-100, but also occasionally the few 747SP they had back in these days...
Too bad your parents did not ask for a "first flight certificate" or equivalent for you, most airlines have these forms... Here in Argentina we have them, also we have the "God Neptune Certificate" for crossing the Equator for the first time... we always make a certificate and offer a bottle of champagne...
(s) Skipper

User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3310 times:

Vikram: it would have been the 747-100. By 1986, TWA's SP's were flying (two of them, at least) in American Airlines colors doing the DFW-NRT non-stop; I forget where the third SP ended up.

TWA had ordered the SP's in order to start some non-stop service to the Middle East (I think JFK-Riyadh) but the route authority never came through.


User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 3293 times:

My first commercial flight was on Thanksgiving Day in 1959 from DCA to LGA.
My mom was in the hospital so my dad sent me a ticket to fly home to see her.
The airplane was an Eastern L-188A Electra (N525EA, I think) in the original Eastern Golden Falcon paint scheme, beautiful.
I had been hanging around DCA on the weekends since I started school there in September (You could do that in those days without being suspected as being a terrorist and everyone would talk to you!!) and the L-188's became my favorite airplane in and out of DCA; Eastern, American, National, Braniff, Northwest.
So when I got to the airport for my trip, I was totally gassed on being able to fly on one.
There was a light frost on the airplane and the inside was a little cool. I boarded via the forward entry door retractable airstairs (no jetways then) and sat on the right side forward of the wing and props so I would have a good view (First class was in the back on the props, both turbo and reciprocating powered).
The acceleration and climbout were exhilarating; cloudy day so all I saw, once at cruise, were the clouds; landed at LGA, smooth with a little forward G's when the props were reversed. I was hooked on the Electra and anytime I had to fly I always hoped for an L-188.

User currently offlineA340-Fan From Germany, joined Apr 2002, 252 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 3291 times:

My first was from FMO to LGW with an ATR 42 of NFD.

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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5317 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 3292 times:

When: Nov 1966
Age: 18 months
Who: Ozark Airlines
What: DC-3
From: Peoria, Illinois
Final Destination: Wichita, Kansas
Why: Family Illness
Result: A lifetime love of commercial aviation
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User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 3285 times:

summer of 1985, from AMS to ALC and 2 weeks later back to AMS, on Transavia, 737-200.....can't remember my first experience, I only have the pictures in the family album....I was 4 years old that time......

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User currently offlineJvW From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 18 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

LH B727 from DUS to BUD in early 1970s...

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User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 18 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

January, 1991
10 years old
Continental ATR-42 from MDT to EWR
Flight Number unknown
Connecting with:
Continental MD-82 from EWR to MCO
Flight Number unknown

Trip was an "Earth Shuttle" trip for students to explore the educational centers in Orlando (Epcot, MGM-Studios backstage, Kennedy Space Center, etc).

Return (6 days later):
Continental 737-200 from TPA to EWR
Flight Number Unknown
Connecting with:
Continental ATR-42 from EWR to MDT

Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 18 hours ago) and read 3269 times:

Malev B737-200, from Brussels to Budapest.


User currently offlineAviationMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

January, 1988
18 months
Lufthansa B747 and B737

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8117 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (12 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

Here's my first commercial flight:

March 10, 1968
7 years old
CP Air DC-8 (unkonwn model)
HKG-TYO (unknown flight number)

User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4699 posts, RR: 41
Reply 22, posted (12 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

This topic comes up every two or three months, but I guess, there is always something new...  Smile

April 1981
LTU L1011-1 TriStar
six years old at that time

Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 3236 times:


Here goes my contribution ( with the photo of course.... )

Date: 1979/11/23
Airline: SR ( Swissair )
Airliner: DC-9-51
Registration: HB-ISR
Flight: LIS/GVA

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User currently offline707guy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

It was October 1973 on United from Cleveland to LAX. The flight was a DC-8; a 61 I think. I remember that was before jetways were installed at Hopkins, so everyone had to walk across the ramp to the plane.

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