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How Did You Stumble Upon A.Net?  
User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2962 times:

Hey guys, I wasn't sure where to put this topic really. I didn't think it would be appropriate for Civ Av but at the same time it IS aviation related so maybe here isn't so great either. Site related seemed to be more for bugs, suggestions, questions, etc.

Anyway, how did you hear about a.net and become a member? For me, I think I was looking up an a/c registration (Delta 767) one day and couldn't figure out if it was painted in the Ron Allen colors still or if it made it to the Wavy Gravy. I did a Google search on the N registration and there was a.net in the search results. From that day I was hooked and about 3 months later, after lurking, I became a member.


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20552 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2957 times:

How Did You Discover Airliners.net? (by Btriple7 Jan 16 2006 in Non Aviation)

Reply #3  



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9196 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2941 times:

I was looking at pictures of the old Greater PIT Terminal. I saved a copy of an old photo of a USAir 727 taken in 1983 and used it temporarily as a desktop background for my computer. I noticed the website, airliners.net, in the lower right hand corner, so I thought I'd check out the site. Well, the computer crashed shortly afterwards, but I have frequented Airliners.net quite frequently from that point in 2004 until early in 2006 when I finally became a member. I had no idea what to use for a username. I figured that since I'm a Steelers fan and having been born and raised in Pittsburgh, I'd use something pertaining to that, and I'd use my birth year which is 1983. Low and behold, the username of Steeler83 was born that day.  

If I had a second shot at a username, I'd probably use PITDC930, USPIT727, or PIT732lover. Those are my 3 favorite aircraft types and two of them are extinct, if you will. The sound of those vintage PW engines just send chills up and down my spine. Now, I look for videos of those planes taxiing on youtube...



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User currently offlinefuturepilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2933 times:

When I was younger, I used to love to search for aircraft photos. I searched for months at a time looking for aircraft photos, and one day when I googled "airplane pictures", I found ANet. Been hooked since, I was literally suck on this site for a month before I realized I could become a member. Funny thing is that I barely look at pictures anymore. I mostly just prowl Non-Av


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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2929 times:

I was planning a visit to central Europe and while looking for information about and photos of Wien Schwechat (VIE) I saw some links. VIE was the airport through which I entered and left Europe. Later I visited the site on a regular basis before joining.

User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2454 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2895 times:

When I moved to YVR, a colleague forwarded me a link to a.net with a photo of some plane we were talking about at YVR, which was then a new and exciting airport for me. I haved visited a.net every say since when in access of the internet and lurked for 10 months before signing up.


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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8959 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

I don't remember the exact details of when I found it, but I was also looking for pictures. Then I hit this Holy Grail. After seeing lots of pictures I decided to checkout what the "Forums" link was all about and then you just get sucked in the topics.

Gone were the days of endless Google searches for aircraft pictures. Good riddance.

[Edited 2010-11-26 22:00:35]


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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13088 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2879 times:

In about 2003 I was trying to find out about the history of a specific a/c I was on, the first one of Virgin Atlantic "Virgin Flyer" and came across the website looking for pictures of it (was retired/broken up in the UK).

User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

I was referred to this site by someone on the planebusiness.com message boards when it used to be a free site. This was just before planebusiness.com shut down the message boards and the website became subscription only.

User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2609 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2845 times:
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I can't remember, to be honest. I'd been on a.net for several months before I bit the bullet and paid the $25 to register, but what probably happened is that I was looking for airliner pictures (because at that time I hadn't flown in over three years and I was getting withdrawal symptoms   ), and stumbled upon a.net somehow.


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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6418 posts, RR: 38
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2840 times:

My uncle who isn't into planes directed me to this site after seeing it on some other website he was looking at showing something like the top 10 websites for something (airline pictures maybe?).. This was back in 2002 so I can't remember that much about him telling me..


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19584 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

As a Sophomore or so in college I had another friend who was an aviation geek and we discovered this site. AT that time the database was so small that I could look at all of the photos and read all the posts.

This was 1997 or so. Johann still ran the site.


User currently offlinePWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1324 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

It was at least as far back as 1997, and I can't even remember how I found the site? I probably found it while doing some kind of aviation related search on some search engine like Webcrawler or Lycos?

These days, no matter how hard I try, I can rarely get my photos accepted in the data base! I've almost given up! But back then, it was easy. And frankly, a lot of mine back then really sucked! I just recently uploaded one, and got a message telling me it was the top viewed photo for that 24 hours. Then I got another message at the same time welcoming me as a new photographer! I thought that was odd, because I use to have a couple dozen in the data base? So I went back and checked if my old photos from about 1998 were still there, and they were. Yet, at the same time, if you do a photographer search, it only comes up with that one recently uploaded photo in the database for me! Even though several dozen of my 13 year old photo's are still there.

[Edited 2010-11-27 00:18:33]

User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3007 posts, RR: 27
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2824 times:

Quoting futurepilot16 (Reply 3):
When I was younger, I used to love to search for aircraft photos. I searched for months at a time looking for aircraft photos, and one day when I googled "airplane pictures", I found ANet. Been hooked since, I was literally suck on this site for a month before I realized I could become a member. Funny thing is that I barely look at pictures anymore. I mostly just prowl Non-Av

This is EXACTLY the way I found it. Back when I was 9 or 10, being fascinated with airplanes, I Googled "airplane pictures" and landed here. Browsed it daily since.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 11):

This was 1997 or so. Johann still ran the site.

  


User currently offlineTHEBATMAN From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 848 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2818 times:
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I was doing a Google Image search for either a DC-8 or 747SP and it brought me to A.net. I was on here for quite awhile before I realized there were forums and all kinds of good stuff other than just photos. I've been visiting frequently for a long time now. If you like airplanes in any capacity, this site is a tremendous resource!


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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

LOL, first off I didn't even think to do a search because I was so excited to ask but since the last thread was in 2006, i'm sure it was overdue 
Quoting THEBATMAN (Reply 14):



This was me, too! I mean I think I was browsing pictures for HOURS after I first found the site. It wasn't until the next day or day after probably that I discovered the forums.



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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

I'm sure I was just googling pictures of planes when I was about 12 or so. The annoying thing is, I was visiting way before it became a paid website and only discovered the forums about a month or so after it became paid.

I signed up when I was around 14 or so and I've been on here ever since.


User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

While exiting a store that's directly under the landing path for BHM, I saw a strange aircraft fly quite close overhead: It had high-mounted wings, a T-tail, and four wing-mounted jet engines, yet it was rather small... like a C-17 that had accidentally been washed in hot water and repainted in civilian colors. After asking my few aircraft-knowledgeable friends what it might have been and receiving replies that ranged from shrugged shoulders to outright accusations that I had imagined such an odd aircraft, I Googled "aircraft descriptions" and wound up here in the Aircraft Data section.

It turned out that the aircraft I had seen was a British Aerospace Avro RJ-85 flying for Northwest Jet Airlink.



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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1674 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2729 times:
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Back in 1998, when I first got a computer, I found an aviation chat room. I asked if anybody could tell me where I could find a good picture of an Eastern DC-7B, and somebody told me to go to airliners.net. I've been a member ever since.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlinehka098 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2723 times:

Google search for Mig-29 photos, 2004

User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

In 2001 ...I received a request from a customer to activate HF on 3 EX USAIR MD-80's. Activating the wiring and systems is the easy part ... if the aircraft has the HF antenna installed in the tail cone. MD-80's that have a HF antenna rod installed in the tail cone have a small flush "disk" with fasterners around it visible on the right side of the tail cone.

I searched the web to try to find a picture of a MD80 with it installed .... and the rest is history. I still often use Anet to look up photos of aircraft by serial number to check for various antennas or other mods that had been done to them.



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User currently offlinefridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2689 times:
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I was looking for pictures of the C-17 flight deck and googled it and that's how I found A. Net!


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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2685 times:

Was Googling for 777 interior/flightdeck pictures...came across a-nut! Lurked around for about a year before joining.


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2679 times:

It was 1997 and I was in the computer lab at my college trying to find cheep plastic lawn furniture that was manufactured by blinds leprechauns. The rest is history.

User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2868 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

I first discovered it when I search for pictures of my first airplane that I rode almost 12 years ago. This site quickly became my favorite and haven't left since. It was a while before I realized I could become a member and actually talk about my curiosities, which sucked me into this site even further 


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25 richm : Like many others, I was searching for photos of aircraft that I had flown on. I decided to join a few years later.
26 Post contains links MasterBean : I'm pretty sure it was this photo, or maybe a similar one. http://www.airliners.net/photo/Air-F...d=455da50f8d88cba041cd126e4e97f46d
27 FlyASAGuy2005 : As with me. I would browse for ours looking at a/c interiors as it was my favorite back then. Somehow I got into the forums then lurked for a bit. On
28 RJLover : I honestly do not remember how I found A.net......
29 kiwiinoz : And reply number 5 for me
30 WarRI1 : Browsing on the net about aircraft, both military and civilian.
31 flyerboy1990 : As others have said, browsing the internet for pictures of airplanes at 9 y/o, according to my stepmom. I have never went more than a week or so witho
32 MD-90 : Too long ago, I can't remember.
33 IFlyTWA : Back in '97 someone in the AOL Flight Simulations chat room sent me a link to A.net.
34 HAWK21M : In 2001 I was Looking at Aircraft Pics....managed to find a link to the site. Thereafter found the Forums very Interesting especially Tech-Ops as I wo
35 CXB77L : I feel the same. Some of us just aren't really that technically minded, and what little I know would already have been posted by someone else.
36 Post contains images swissy : A friend got me on the track while working in the industries way back in 2002... however took me almost 3 years to join officially Cheerios,
37 Post contains links and images AGM100 : You can see the antenna support mount "disk" on this photo. (Very small but it is visible). This aircraft has a antenna installed in the tail cone . T
38 Post contains images HSVXJ : It was 1998 and, for some reason, I was at the FAR website. The pictures link brought me to a.net (incidentally, it still links to this site.) I was h
39 Post contains images HorizonGirl : I remember when I was around 10, I used to love researching everything I could about airliners. I'd spend days at a time looking at pictures, websites
40 georgetown : Think it was back in 2001 or 2002 - was looking for pictures of Air Force One. Well, I found them and the rest is history. I finally joined the forums
41 UltimateDelta : Back around 2005, I was searching for pictures of the Virgin Global Flyer for a school project. I found what I needed here and then kept visiting ever
42 KevinL1011 : Ha! You were really searching for a Virgin GF for the school Prom. Good thing you wound up here instead. It saved you $150.00 on a tux rental, $50 bu
43 Post contains images cpd : Some time in early 2007 I joined up for the first time, and then I got bored with it and deleted my account. I've since come and gone at various times
44 KevinL1011 : C'mon Chris. Your FS screenies in the Hobby Forum are awesome and most enjoyable for many of us. You've really got a niche as one of the Concorde gur
45 Post contains images KevinL1011 : Perhaps you've made 150 meaningful posts compared to thousands of other garbage posts (myself included). Thanks for sharing that story! Indeed!
46 Post contains images cpd : That's all very well when you have a working computer! I got a great new camera for all of $7100, and then the computer goes on the blink... And of c
47 AM744 : Google search for 'Airline Pictures', back in 2000. Most surprising of all was to find so many other people as plane crazed as myself.
48 petitechoux : my friend told me about it, then i got on chat and decided I HATE it. . .
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