The one flight that really sticks out was an SAS DC-8-63 flight from Copenhagen to Los Angeles (with stops in Bergen Norway and Seattle) in mid 1972.
As things go I was a young lad who had spent 2 weeks in Norway visiting my great uncle and aunt. I just had a wonderful time and everyone was so friendly, especially the girls...............
Ok, back to the topic......... Bergen was the most interesting airport of the trip. The BIG 63 landed in the early afternoon and we spent around 2 hours on the ground. The terminal was just one small room so the 200 + passengers were really cramped, to say the least.
Soon we were taxing out to the runway and then headed right down the center of it. I wasn't use to that but there wasn't any room for a taxiway in Bergen.
As the big jet reached the end of the runway she did a 180 giving me a great view of what laid ahead. The runway looked like a rollercoaster ride with dips and peaks in it.
As she nosed into position and came to a halt we sat silent for about 10 seconds. Slowly the captain throttled up the engines, the big jet held in place. As he released the brakes we started our roll. It seamed like an eternity until our rotation. As we lifted off the end of the runway immediately disappeared beneath us, as we had used up every inch of it.
I'm sure each and everyone of you out there has a flight that really brings back great memories, mine just happened to be on a DC-8.
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