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20 Years Ago: BA Domestic B737-200 (with Pics!)  
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9148 times:

Inspired by this report
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/74862/
I thought by myself "That can I also" Big grin so here's a short report about a
flight STR-TXL on BA back in 1986 - when I was six years old, by the way.
Searching through old-times photo albums, I even found some pics. So here it
goes.

STR-TXL
BA3082
01 May 1986
Scheduled time of departure: 07:25
B737-200(?)
Reg: Unknown

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Photo © JetPix



Back in the days of the cold war, German airlines were not allowed to fly
into Berlin, so BA, PA, TW and others were operating those so-called
intra-German shuttle services. This time my parents decided to book us on BA
- and there's no better way to fly than on BA, if you ask me.

Passenger receipt and boarding pass - thanks to my mother for putting them
into the archives:


Stairway to heaven - my father, my brother and I climbing up the rear stairs
of which looks to me like a B737-200. Aaah, the good old Landor-days...


*singing* Soooomewheeere over the GDR...


We landed at TXL after I guess about one hour in the air, maybe a bit
longer, who knows.

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Photo © Alastair T. Gardiner - WorldAirImages



Waiting for our baggage to arrive. And waiting. Waiting even longer. So my
brother and I decided to place some of our soft toys on the belt - the other
passengers were not amused:


No pics of the return flight unfortunately (shame on my parents for the lack of
inflight pics Big grin ) so this is the end of my report, hope you enjoyed it.

Regards, Alex.

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User currently offlineLordanmol From India, joined May 2005, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9069 times:

Its good, as a 13 year old I get to know what flying was like in the days where I was not born

Regards



Hmmmmm....
User currently offlineLeonB1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8910 times:

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
the other passengers were not amused:

It's true what they say, die Deutschen haben wirklich kein Humor!  Wink

Nice report - makes a change to see something a bit older!


User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8577 times:

Fun report, thanks for that journey back in time, Alex!  Smile Maybe, if I get my act together, I'll publish a trip report about an LTU trip on an L1011 I did back in 1991 sometime later thios year - I have both extensive photo coverage of plane and airports and even an old hand-prepared boarding pass stemming from that time.


Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8314 times:

Looks great.Those were the Aircraft.B732s.
 bigthumbsup 
Nice report + pics.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8000 times:

Hi Alex,

nice report, brings back some memories from the old days. How flying has changed since then...

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
shame on my parents for the lack of inflight pics

What a pity that there are no pictures of the meal - I think they were still serving hot meals on domestic flights in those days.

Christoph


User currently offlineBA747YYZ From Canada, joined Mar 2006, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7894 times:

Great report, nice to see how German shuttles were. Weird flying BA on a German domestic flight.

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7570 times:

Hi Alex,
funny idea.
I remember my first years of spotting at STR with planes like those in your report.
Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7267 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
I remember my first years of spotting at STR with planes like those in your report.

Same here  Smile , and thanks Alex for the nice idea.... I flew STR-TXL-STR one year later, outbound on PanAm (727-200 "Clipper Endeavor"), return on BA 737-200 G-BGDS... ah, the memories...

Cheers,
Thomas


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6798 times:

Thanks for your replies very much!

Quoting LeonB1985 (Reply 2):
It's true what they say, die Deutschen haben wirklich kein Humor!

Well in fact it's not that bad - having had a second look at the photo, I thought "We need a resolution!" (if you know that old song by Aaliyah), so here's the same photo again in a higher-resolution scan, which shows that at least some passengers appeared to be amused:


Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 3):
Maybe, if I get my act together, I'll publish a trip report about an LTU trip on an L1011 I did back in 1991 sometime later thios year - I have both extensive photo coverage of plane and airports and even an old hand-prepared boarding pass stemming from that time.

Now that would be interesting to read and watch! I'm definitely looking forward to it, as I really like those retrospectives about trips that have taken place so many years ago. Even if it might not be as detailed as usual (at least I fail to remember every detail about trips I have done when I was a child) it's certainly much more interesting than reports about recent flights.
Btw, watch out for my Northwest report, including B747-100, DC-10 and -of course- DC-9!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 5):

What a pity that there are no pictures of the meal - I think they were still serving hot meals on domestic flights in those days.

Though the meal is one of the details I have forgotten over the years, I'm sure that it was usually much more and higher-quality than what you get today. The times, they're changing..

Quoting BA747YYZ (Reply 6):
Weird flying BA on a German domestic flight.

It is, but it was kind of normal back then. When BA was no longer allowed to fly domestic flights from TXL, they simply founded Deutsche BA, which is today knows as DBA.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
funny idea.
I remember my first years of spotting at STR with planes like those in your report.

Thanks for your reply. By the way, do you also remember the old Terminal 3? I found an old photo of it, well actually the photo is not that old, it was taken in 2000, a few days before they closed the terminal. Those seats look so 1970ish Big grin


Quoting Patroni (Reply 8):
I flew STR-TXL-STR one year later, outbound on PanAm (727-200 "Clipper Endeavor"), return on BA 737-200 G-BGDS... ah, the memories...

I can only repeat myself: Those were the days, my friend! And it's a pity I didn't write down the registrations back then  Sad

Regards, Alex.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6600 times:

Hi Alex,
great pic.
I remember a sub-charter for LTU operated by an Aviaco DC-9 to PMI, the gate was in that oldfashioned T3 area.
Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6525 times:

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 9):
By the way, do you also remember the old Terminal 3?

Oh yes... I remember sitting there quite a lot of times  Smile Nice memories...
http://www.contrails.de/photo/slides/820700str_aod8s_ecbmy.jpg
STR 1982, Aviaco EC-BMY to (or from?) PMI...


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