1. SAN, Ecuador, Guayaquil to Quito, December 24, 1977; bought ticket on SAN, they did not have a plane which would fly, so they borrowed (their words, not mine) one from SAETA- it was an ex-Alitalia Caravelle, very old and tired, but very clean, and the FAs were most helpful; they passed around a glass dish with an array of homemade candy on a doily.
One of the pax had a carry-on turkey. Really. In a burlap bag with a hole cut out for the head to stick out (it was alive). Very well-behaved fowl, as I recall.
I was thrilled- even then- to get to fly on a Caravelle. Some day, I'll find the pics I took and see whether any of them are adequate for upload (I doubt it).
2. Tropic Air, Belize City to San Pedro, on a Cessna Caravan. We stopped on the way at Caye Caulker, where stops are made "as requested." The sole deplaning passenger was greeted by a couple of naked people who emerged from the jungle, then all three disappeared back into the jungle. The runway (unpaved) ran from sea to sea, the full width of the island. Good fun, but not at all frightening. The pilot was clearly very skilled.
3. By far the worst "airline" flight ever: Allegheny Commuter (USAir) Shorts 360 JFK-PHL; loud, dirty, loud, smelly, loud, bumpy, loud, surly service, and did I mention it was loud? I kept waiting for someone to hold up the "tie your seat ropes" sign, like on Jethro Bodine Airlines.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...