FlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7397 posts, RR: 7 Posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3679 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.
steeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9381 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3658 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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futurepilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3650 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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Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3646 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.
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2847 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3612 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.
PPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 9088 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3599 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.
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ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13765 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3596 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).
bohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3584 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.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2787 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3562 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.
NZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6684 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3557 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..
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 22966 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3553 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.
PWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3550 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.
Aeroflot777 From Austria, joined Mar 2004, 3356 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3541 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.
THEBATMAN From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 905 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3535 times:
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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ajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3466 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.
TSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3112 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3460 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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L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1722 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3446 times:
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.
AGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3434 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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TZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2911 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3392 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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: Like many others, I was searching for photos of aircraft that I had flown on. I decided to join a few years later.
: I'm pretty sure it was this photo, or maybe a similar one. http://www.airliners.net/photo/Air-F...d=455da50f8d88cba041cd126e4e97f46d
: 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
: I honestly do not remember how I found A.net......