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User currently offlineAApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 574 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

Do you remember your first flight on an airliner? Technically, I do not. My first flight was on a PANAM 707 frrom New York to Dakar, Senegal (to date, I believe PANAM was the only U.S. major to ever have scheduled service to Africa). I was only two years old at the time, so I don't remember it at all. My first memorable flight was four years later when we flew back to the States (Dakar to New York). By then, PANAM had transfered the service to a 747-100. I remember walking out to the aircraft. It was night time and as we walked around the nose of that giant and then up the steps to the door, I was totally amazed. That first experience made such an impression on me that I can remember that flight as if it were yesterday.

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What was your first memorable airliner flight?

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User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2548 times:
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Mine: LTU Caravelle DUS-AGP, summer 1974, age: 22 months.
First memorable: around 1977 flying as an UM from DUS to MUC, LH A300B.

Konstantin



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2544 times:

Summer of 1971, Stuttgart-Bruxelles-New York, on Sabena 747-100, as a very little kid, but remember it well, the visitor's area in Stuttgart was full of people who wanted to see that strange aircraft, that looked so different.

btw: Though I don't remember if the experience was a "bloody" one, I never flew Sabena again!



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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2539 times:

Zurich - London (LHR) on a Swissair Airbus A310 around 1987


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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2534 times:

LTU L1011 TriStar


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DUS-AGP-DUS in April 1981

I was 5 1/2 years old at that time and surprisingly enough I can still remember the huge red-white plane, the yellow/green/light brown seats and that we landed northbound (over the Mediterranean) and took off southbound (again, over the sea). I had a window seat on the left side on the DUS-AGP leg and an aisle seat (20C or so) on the return.

Supposedly I was a little frightened at first (according to my parents), but became comfortable very soon and totally enjoyed the rest of the trip.



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User currently offlineTR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

On this bird....
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in 1978


User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

Tower Air. JFK-TLV. I was 6 months old. God knows why I like planes after my 1st flight was on Tower!

User currently offlineEI133 From Ireland, joined Jan 2000, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

My first flight was from Dublin to Jersey on an Aer Llingus 737-200 EI BCR in August 1983. I was so excited and it was back then that I fell in love with aviation.

User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2174 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

Summer of 1985, I was 13. Flew FMN-DRO on an Aspen BAe-146. Flight took all of eight minutes.


Travis


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

Summer of 1983 in the age of 6 years with my parents from DUS to MAH on HF.

Patrick


User currently offlineROP From Thailand, joined Jun 2001, 239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

Still remerber the first time on Thai Airways ATR-72 from Bangkok to the bordered district of Mae Sod in nothern Thailand...incredible exciting landing when the smog cover over airport.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16892 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

My first flight was Winter '77-'78, I was 2 or 3 and my parents were taking me and my brother to Disney World. We lived on Staten Island NY at the time and the day we left was during one of the biggest snowstorms NYC had seen.

We flew from Newark to Orlando on Eastern via a stop in Atlanta, we didn't have to get off though because it was a direct flight. Almost positive it was either a L-1011 or A-300.


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Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

London-Brussels-Baghdad, Sabena 707, August '78.

User currently offlineTonyB From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2491 times:

My first Airline flight was back in the late 1960's (around 1967 or 1968).
It was from Luton to Tarbes (in Southern France) on board a Britannia Airways Britannia 102.


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User currently offlineKlm-md11 From Greece, joined Mar 2002, 471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2484 times:

Mine was in may of 1976 ,same month this picture was taken.


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Flight was from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Thessaloniki, Greece.

regards,

KLM-MD11



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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

Fist flight EVER was Eastern Airlines from New Orleans to Houston and back, both 727-200's, in 1979.

First flight I can remember is a trip from New Orleans to Orlando on Delta Airlines in 1984. We had a 727-200 from MSY, then a 737-200 on the way back.


Stephen in New Orleans


User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2714 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2472 times:

JFK-LHR on British Airways in 1986.

Nick


User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

December 1983 LHR - LAX on BA when I was only 5 months old. The first one I rember was DUB - ORK on EI when I was about 4.

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

In 1983, ORD-LGB, on a JetAmerica MD-83...I was less than a year old at the time and my parents were looking at houses in the L.A. area.


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User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2396 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

Swissair MD-81 from Zurich to Madrid in 1992. Funny day, first the engine of our train to the airport broke down and we arrived at the airport at the last moment. Then, the radar system of the airport broke down and we had to wait for almost two hours in the plane before it could finally take off.


Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
User currently offlineCre From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

August, 1980. UA 727 ORD-ONT-ORD. I was nine years old, had the window seat on the right side of the plane on both legs. I distinctly remember the gate we left from at ORD. Although I don't know the gate number, when I pass through ORD I know exactly where it is. Think it's part of AA now. It's the terminal shaped like a "Y."

User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

Amsterdam-Alicante on Transavia Airlines....

summer of 1985....


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User currently offlineUAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2440 times:

My first was in August 1982, when I was 3 weeks old. I flew with my parents on a United DC10-10 from Chicago to Los Angeles. I have pictures, we rode in first class.

BTW, United's old ORD terminal was Y shaped, but that was torn down in the mid 80s when the new "Terminal of Tomorrow" was built (the current terminal 1).


User currently offlineAvroarrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

Air Transat L1011 YYZ to MAN August 1992. L1011 will always be my favorite airliner for this reason.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

Sure do. It was on a Britannia 757-200 when I took my first holiday at the age of 5. Don't have the registration though. I flew from East Midlands to somewhere in Greece.

DC-10


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27 Bwc1976 : American Airlines, Fokker 100, DFW to Kansas City, August 1995 (age 19). Right side window, exit row. I remember being so surprised that Fokker was st
28 Post contains links and images Trident3 : In 1973 aged 8 I flew from East Midlands to Ronaldsway (Isle of Man) on a British Midland Viscount.I still love that plane! View Large View MediumPhot
29 Shankly : 1973, aged 8 on the UK Civil Aviation Authority HS.748 G-ATMJ. A one hour air experience flight from Stansted with my junior school classmates. It sta
30 FlyCMH : My first commercial airline flight was in the winter of 1983. I was two years old and was flying from Columbus to San Jaun through New York JFK to vis
31 Post contains images EGGD : I flew many times before I can remember, between 1986 and 1990. Many from Amsterdam to various parts of the UK (MAN, LBA were the most frequent). Also
32 Diezel : That was December 1989 on a Martinair DC-9. Amsterdam - Faro. It was my honeymoon ! (great topic btw)
33 Lt-AWACS : My first flight was from Houston to London on a British Caledonian 747 in 1978. I was 2 1/2. I remember a little from it and still have pictures that
34 Ba319-131 : I don't remember the year(some time in the70's),but it was a British Midland Viscount to Germany i think. My first jet flight was also a British Midla
35 Mbmbos : 1965. I was five years old. Continental Airlines (most likely a DC-9-10) from ABQ-DEN connecting to Western Airlines (707 or 720 [I remember engines o
36 AA 777 : August 1988: AA DC-10 LGA-RDU-RSW (727) AA 777 Matt
37 Vref : My first trip was march break of 1981 from YFC to YYZ on an AirCanada DC-9.
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39 Tineau : My first flight ever was on an KLM 737 AMS-LHR-KLM it was about 6 years ago (I was 17). Since then I've flown a lot but my first flight i will always
40 Post contains links and images CcrlR : My first flight was on a United 747-100 ORD-LAS. I don't remember much cause I was about 5 when this happened. I eventually got a chance to see the co
41 Msh744 : March 1989, on (i think) United, although it may have been American. I was flying to LAX from (presumably) JFK. -Msh744
42 Westjet_8 : YYC-SLC, I think then I flew on a 757-200 to Lax. I rember the blinds saying 727 on them. My first flight was actually on American but thats all I kn
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44 Post contains images ExpressJet_ERJ : Beleive it or not, I didn't fly on an airline until the summer of 2001!! It was a 737-700 CLE-DCA, and back on an ERJ. I flew two more times since th
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47 N751PR : I believe my first flight was with NW on DTW-YVR back in 1990 when I was 1 or 2. The first flight I can recall is with UA on LAX-NRT-MNL on a 742 in 1
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51 Post contains images AApilot2b : Garuda, I found your story quite interesting. In our world today where smoking is strictly prohibited on most airlines, it is hard to imagine one pass
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54 747buff : My first flight was when I moved to Minnesota in the summer of 1985, when I was a year old. It was Northwest from LAX-MSP, either on a DC-10 or 747 (m
55 Sk945 : My was may 1978 on Maersk B737 from Stockholm to Palma de Mallorca. I was 8 at the time.
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61 FrequentFlyKid : June 8, 2000 Midwest Express DC9-30 CLE-MKE
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63 Post contains links and images ERJ135 : View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank de koster Sorry I forgot to put the pic in for the above post but this is the very plane some 5 years later.
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