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That Older Widebody Smell?  
User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4472 posts, RR: 19
Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

The cabin cleaner thread had me reminiscing over the smell that always used to hit me as a young man on boarding the older widebodies, such as the B747 Classic, DC10 and L1011.


It wasn't unpleasant, but hard to describe, perhaps a mixture of fuel / hydraulic fluid / electronic equipment all blending to produce a unique scent !


I don't seem to notice it on modern Aircraft and I miss that, it was always the first clue another airborne adventure was about to start.


Anyone else remember this ?


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15735 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3601 times:

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
It wasn't unpleasant, but hard to describe, perhaps a mixture of fuel / hydraulic fluid / electronic equipment all blending to produce a unique scent !

There's also that slightly musty smell of old aircraft and the mixture of coffee and jet fuel that seems unique to DC-9s. Other planes probably had that too, but those are what I flew on most as a kid.



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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5779 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3541 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
There's also that slightly musty smell of old aircraft and the mixture of coffee and jet fuel that seems unique to DC-9s. Other planes probably had that too, but those are what I flew on most as a kid.

For me, growing up in the 1990's flying American, it was the 727's that had "the smell". I loved it. And no other airplane in the fleet had anything to compare; not even the MD-80.
And honestly, to this day even as an airline mechanic, I can't pinpoint what that smell must have been. We're still burning jet A. We're still using Skydrol. Coffee is coffee. Blue juice is blue juice.
Yet no other airplane makes me reminisce about flying as a kid like a 727.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3407 times:

I'm most happy with the aroma of burning JET-A floating around early in the morning!   

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
There's also that slightly musty smell of old aircraft and the mixture of coffee and jet fuel that seems unique to DC-9s. Other planes probably had that too, but those are what I flew on most as a kid.


That coffee smell mixed with jet fuel with a nice as a nice breeze is blowing through the galley door while the catering truck is there during boarding.....NICE!!!



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User currently offlineLemmy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3371 times:

Don't forget to add the smell of stale cigarette smoke. I vividly remember that from my first couple of flights as a kid.


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User currently onlinepwm2txlhopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3302 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 2):

For me, growing up in the 1990's flying American, it was the 727's that had "the smell". I loved it. And no other airplane in the fleet had anything to compare; not even the MD-80.
And honestly, to this day even as an airline mechanic, I can't pinpoint what that smell must have been. We're still burning jet A. We're still using Skydrol. Coffee is coffee. Blue juice is blue juice.
Yet no other airplane makes me reminisce about flying as a kid like a 727.

Same thing with me. However, it was the 1980's and I was usually boarding Delta 727's/ DC-9's or United 727's or 737-200's when I smelled the smell. It's one I've never forgotten.

In my opinion, it was a mixture off "new car" smell, coffee, Jet-A, stale cigarettes, and mustiness. I loved it.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3294 times:

Quoting pwm2txlhopper (Reply 5):
In my opinion, it was a mixture off "new car" smell, coffee, Jet-A, stale cigarettes, and mustiness



I believe we've just uncovered an a.net perfume/cologne to market!!   



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6372 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3204 times:

Lav juice also entered into the equation...back in the day, it had a very chemically odor to it...  


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User currently offlinebond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5413 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3173 times:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 6):
I believe we've just uncovered an a.net perfume/cologne to market!!

...or a new car air freshener for aviation nuts. You can now make your Camry smell like an L1011 !


Jimbo



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User currently offlinetb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1590 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3151 times:

I love that smell, I think it's just of older airplanes. Even though I fly airliners that were converted long ago to freighters, sometimes I get a whiff of that smell that I vividly remember from my childhood non-reving all over the US dreaming of becoming a pilot. It's not always there, but it comes out occasionally.

Just the other day I was climbing through the bulkhead of an ex-EAL 727 delivered in 1970 heading to the cockpit for a flight and got a smell of it. This particular aircraft is nearing the end of her life and I couldn't help to think of all the places it's been and all the people she had carried safely over the years. And that for 42 years that same smell has been there through it all. I stopped and just closed my eyes for a moment and again remembered again how lucky I was to be there doing what I love to do.



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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4472 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

Quoting tb727 (Reply 9):


I love that smell, I think it's just of older airplanes. Even though I fly airliners that were converted long ago to freighters, sometimes I get a whiff of that smell that I vividly remember from my childhood non-reving all over the US dreaming of becoming a pilot. It's not always there, but it comes out occasionally.

Just the other day I was climbing through the bulkhead of an ex-EAL 727 delivered in 1970 heading to the cockpit for a flight and got a smell of it. This particular aircraft is nearing the end of her life and I couldn't help to think of all the places it's been and all the people she had carried safely over the years. And that for 42 years that same smell has been there through it all. I stopped and just closed my eyes for a moment and again remembered again how lucky I was to be there doing what I love to do.

You hit the nail on the head TB



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User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 1945 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

I wish I can say I've smelled that old-airplane smell. However, I have smelled brand-spankin-new new CO 739ER smell, I felt like I was in a new Ferrari for some reason    . Kind of off topic, but am I alone on the fact that I love the smell of the airport whenever you are curbside at an airport whose roads are flanked by terminals (like IAH)?


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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2979 times:

Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 11):
Kind of off topic, but am I alone on the fact that I love the smell of the airport whenever you are curbside at an airport whose roads are flanked by terminals (like IAH)?

Not at all, thus my reference to the lovely aroma of Jet-A early in the morning.



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User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 1945 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 12):
Not at all, thus my reference to the lovely aroma of Jet-A early in the morning.

There's nothing like the smell of Jet-A in the morning. It smells like... VICTORY!!!  



Go coogs! \n//
User currently offlinemy235 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

Quoting Lemmy (Reply 4):
stale cigarette smoke

Yes! Stale Marlboro cigarettes in my case, remind me of walking through JFK in 1989 as a 5yr old about to board a Virgin Atlantic 747-200 on a late night flight to Gatwick! Nostalgia  


User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

Quoting Lemmy (Reply 4):
Don't forget to add the smell of stale cigarette smoke.

  

Any airplane delivered before 1985ish had that unique airplane smell. Shortly after that time is when smoking was progressively banned on airplanes. Airplanes delivered after 1990 (with a few exceptions) do not have that unique smell due to the lack of the stale cigarette odor.


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