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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6373 times:

How's that for a milk run, folks?

Ok...My dad (now retired UA) earned a free BP6 pass since he didn't take any sick time in 1992. No one else in our familly could use it, so rather than let it go to waste, I was allowed to use the pass. This was my Christmas gift in 1992. Needless to say, it would be my first trip to Deutschland, and fuckin'-a...I was goin'. Berlin, baby....

Ok...5/11/93...a Tuesday...I was almost 20, not quite legal drinking age. The day before I finished my final exams, finishing my sophomore year at Willamette Unv. in Salem, OR. My parents drop me off at PDX early that morning for my long journey.

PDX-SFO (can't recall flight details)
- early morning...easy on, quick flight down to SFO. Maybe first class, I don't know.

UA #930 747-200...Gate #55, Int'l Terminal (now vacant T2)

I clear security into what I thought (and still do) a very classy international terminal. I remember seeing the small outdoor courtyard, looking down to the arrival area, and walking around. I saw a UA 742 heading to SEL and MNL (#807 I think it was) and then a KE 747 (which had World Cup 1992 logos on it...could have been 2002, but I think 1992) and then I saw BA #286 to LHR, and also JL to NRT.

I was given a seat in business class...seat #12A I think. We departed on time, and rotated off 28L on time. I arrived the next morning in LHR and proceeded to the transit lounge at LHR in T3. I called my uncle before my flight to TXL.

UA 727-200 !!!!!!!    Yeah, baby!!!!! Legacy Pan-Am all the way!

Quick flight to TXL...first class. Weird flying on a 722 in Europe...up until this point, I usually flew 722's between PDX and SFO.

I arrived in Berlin for the very first time. Tegel seemed like a nice airport. This was 3 years after "wiedervereinigung" (reunification). I went to the information booth, and was able to get one hotel one night, and then another hotel the next night. I would only stay in Berlin two nights on this trip, and then back home! Yeahhh!!!!!

After a kick-ass time in Berlin...now my favorite city in the world...and seeing the Brandenburg Gate, West Berlin, the Reichstag (pre-glass dome) and a brief venture into the former East Berlin, and Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, I had a blast. Oh, yeah...I drank like a rock star, too.

On the way home...

UA 727-200 (early morning flight)

I was given a seat in first class. Before takeoff, I was quickly offered a glass of champagne. My virginal champagne experience...wet and moist and very tasty, and yearning for much, much more. I had one more glass prior to arrival in LHR. We flew over the former DDR and then south of HAM, and I recall looking out of the window to see if I could make out the old BRD/DDR border. I didn't see it, but the desire stuck with me, and finally saw it in July 2004. Anyway...we quickly arrived in LHR.

UA #919 742
N4718U (I have a picture and scale model of this same a/c)
Gate K14 (now 314 at LHR..after they screwed up the gate numbering)
Old UA livery

Since I was standby, I wasn't sure how I'd get home. I figured via SFO again. But, the agent said she'd put me via IAD, and I was on cloud 9! I had never been through IAD, and I was ECSTATIC to be able to fly through a new airport!!!!!!! Again, a virginal experience, but unlike the champagne, it wasn't moist and wet and enjoyable. I was not given C or F, but instead was over the right wing of the 742, with my right foot underneath the #3 door. There was a very small pinhole leak in the door seal, but damn...my foot was NUMB when I got off the plane in IAD!!! We departed to the east, off 9L I think. A flight attendant was across from me, her name was Kris...GORGEOUS, too. I had a lunch, and there was a miniature bottle of wine, which I rapidly consumed, adding on to the champagne from the TXL-LHR flight. We flew between Nova Scotia and Maine, and then near Bar Harbor, ME, and then into IAD. I wasn't that familiar with the IAD area at the time, but I learned we landed on 19L, and parked on C1. We cleared customs and I was on the people mover, and saw our beautiful bird, N4718U and snapped a picture. I can't remember if we cleared customs right there in C back then, or if we had to go the main terminal.

It was this flight, and the flight out, that set my love for IAD to this day. I prefer to fly to Europe now on UA via IAD...instead of nonstop from SEA or SFO or LAX on any other airline.

UA #911
747-200 (continuation flight of MAD-IAD)

I was given business class, on the right side of the aircraft. I had a window seat, and recall pushback. I remember seeing the leading edge slats being extended, and #3 and #4 startup. We taxiied out to 19L, same runway I arrived on. Cool takeoff, to the south of course, then right towards ORD. Quick flight, and again I was given more alchohol to consume, adding on to my consumption starting in TXL. We came in over Lake Michigan, landing on 27R. I knew this, and quickly informed the guy sitting next to me, who was amazed I knew that. Yeah, well...I'm an aviation geek, dude!!!!   

DC-10-10, C-concourse

First class, leather/vinyl seat. Right side of the aircraft. I REALLY MISS FIRST CLASS ON THE UA DC-10!!!!!!! Enjoyed a powerful takeoff off 32L (standard departure for NW bound fllights from ORD) and settled in for my last leg of the flight. I had some meal, can't recall. I was offered a drink, again. I had always wanted to try Southern Comfort. Without question...on a domestic US flight...sitting in FIRST CLASS in a leather seat...UNDER AGE...I sipped (ok, I slammed the first one) a SC on ice. I proceeded to enjoy one or two more.    Amazing...good times! I was on top of the world!!!!

We began our descent into PDX over Pendleton, and landed on 28R. I forget the gate, but PDX was VERY different in 1993, long before the remodel. I will say this...I'm pretty sure I stumbled off the plane, through the jetway, and I wonder to this day why my parents never commented on me being hammered getting off a flight.

Time of my life...it only lasted 4 days in all, but I'll never, ever forget it. To this day, I LOVE Berlin, Germany...I eventually went back in July 2004 and was stunned at how much had changed there in 11 years. As I mentioned, IAD is still my preferred gateway to Europe.

Thanks for reading...and letting me share a great trip. Sorry, no pictures...but they're forever ingrained in my mind. Hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed sharing it.

[Edited 2006-03-03 07:52:55]

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User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6158 times:

Very cool trip back down memory lane! I can only imagine how much fun it must have been to fly on the classic 747's like you got to  Smile And, in business no less!

User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7992 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5960 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Thread starter):
UA 727-200 !!!!!!! Yeah, baby!!!!!

 Wow! Those were the times. Flown on it only once - at the age of 9, 29 years ago. God, I am getting older.

Always a pleasure to hear that some people like Berlin. I have been to a part the other day, you certainly missed or else Berlin would now be on your list of cities that are crap and need to be whiped out.

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