Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3595 times:
Weird... I was gonna start a topic exactly on this very topic.
Great minds think alike I guess.
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!
Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3589 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!
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3587 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...
Tu144d From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 198 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3572 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.
Asgeirs From Iceland, joined May 2001, 518 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3558 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)
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.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3566 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...
Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3529 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.
KL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3521 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......
707guy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3457 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.