Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4 Posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2410 times:
I was reading an issue of Airways magazine at the bookstore with my daughter one day and when I was done with it I flipped the magazine face-first back on top of the table. That's when I noticed this huge full-paged ad for Airliners.net. I had never seen that before in Airways magazine (or maybe I just didn't notice).
As soon as I got home I tried to get in but apparently the srever was having some problems. It took me another month or so before I finally tried again and finally I got in and never looked back since.
Now, no matter how long ago it was, I know you can remember how you discovered this site.
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!
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2340 times:
lol, this is pretty funny but i was actually surfing Aviation-safety.net when i kept seeing "more pictures at Airliners.net!" on everything from crash photo's to pictures of the worlds top 50 safest airlines!
Odd way to find it, i was hardly interested in aviation back then. oh well life is full of surprises!
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2325 times:
I stumbled on A.net doing searches on Yahoo, Lycos, Excite, etc. I was actually searching for aviation message boards. I can't remember which s-engine or what the exact search was for. I have links to several other aviation message boards, but this is my favorite and the only one that has non-aviation. Planebusiness is my second favorite. That one's good too. I'm JetService on there as well.
L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1722 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2283 times:
I had just gotten my computer, three years ago, when I searched for pictures of commercial airliners. I came upon one site where I signed the guestbook. I immediately got an instant message from the person who created the website. I asked him where I might find a picture of an Eastern DC-7B. He told me about Airliners.net, and I've been here ever since.
Aloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2262 times:
I found it long, long ago, 1997 or 98 I think, but my memory fails me as to exacly when it happened.
I was into the virtual airlines thing, back then I wanted to start a virtual airline by the name of UTW, Utah Trans West, and on various sites I found links to airliners.net but I ignored it for a while.
I finally decided to check it out when I was at Rocky Aspen Northern Virtual Airline's website. they are now defunct (Yep a virtual airline went under)
Anyways the link broght me to A.net. The first link I clicked on was "The Lighter Side".
The first photo I searched for was for a 747. No airline, just a 747. I think I was using A.net for well over a year before I ventured into the forums.
To tell ya the truth, I was scared to death of the forum! It took me a while to build up enough courage to make my first post: "Douglas to Boeing?" At that time, there was only General Aviation and Aviation Photography, that's it. There was no user profiles, no passwords, in fact, here is what you would to to post a post:
You type your username
You type your e-mail
You type your message and hit post.
There was no preview, once you hit post, it was in the forum. Granite was not an Admin at that time.
Johan was more talkative at that time. That's right, you could carry on a conversation with Johan back then.
Man have things changed, I was 14 I believe, and I still look back on those low-tech days as the "Golden Age of Airliners.net"
Interesting people I knew back then-
British Airways 747
Ice Cream Man
Very basic usernames, eh? Can you gues what mine was??
My first username= "Brandon" Hehehe....boy have I come a long way.
Seriously those were the best days. I was scared to death of non_av when it started, only recently (Previous incarnation: SOUTHPACIFIC), have I joined non_av. I was VERY opposed to Aviation hobby when it first started, and Tech_ops, and all the rest. I loved the old layout. However, back then you could use someone else's username and get away with it!! (Both MD-11 and L-1011 had that problem, I believe his name was someone Bradley, from Richmod Virginia)