AdamHarvard
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Any Pilots Fly Planes Older Than They Are?

Sun Aug 11, 2002 9:15 am

I was wondering if any commercial airline pilots out there actually fly AC that are older than they are, for example many of the cargo airlines fly fairly old, converted ex-pax jets that can be up to 30+ years old. Even some of the majors remaining 'classics' (DC-10/ 747/ L1011 e.t.c.) are in their late twenties, are there any newly qualified crew members on these types who were born after the AC manufacture date?
 
flyf15
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RE: Any Pilots Fly Planes Older Than They Are?

Sun Aug 11, 2002 9:48 am

Kind of off topic, but I've heard theres a possiblity (or maybe its already happened) of a third generation pilot on the B-52 pretty soon. Must be weird to fly not only the same type, but I could imagine even same aircraft that your father flew and grandfather flew, still with the same operator.
 
b757300
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RE: Any Pilots Fly Planes Older Than They Are?

Sun Aug 11, 2002 9:51 am

I saw a B-52 pilot who had flown in Afghanistan doing a news interview. He said that the aircraft he flew into combat was the same aircraft flown by his grandfather and then his father.

As for commercial aircraft, I would think some of the early 727's, 737's, and maybe some DC-9's.
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Dash8King
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RE: Any Pilots Fly Planes Older Than They Are?

Sun Aug 11, 2002 10:08 am

I was talking to a young pilot who had only been flying for 4 years at the airshow and he flies the DC-3 for Buffalo Airways. I imagine all the pilots that fly the DC-3 or C-46 or DC-4 are younger then the plane.
 
godbless
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RE: Any Pilots Fly Planes Older Than They Are?

Sun Aug 11, 2002 10:42 am

Anybody here work for Northwest?  Big thumbs up

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OPNLguy
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RE: Any Pilots Fly Planes Older Than They Are?

Sun Aug 11, 2002 11:03 am

According to Bill Harms' website, Northwest, Airborne Express, and AirTran all still have some DC-9s in their fleets from the mid-to-late 1960s and early 1970s, so I guess it's conceivable that a new-hire F/O could be in an aircraft older than he/she is...
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strickerje
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RE: Any Pilots Fly Planes Older Than They Are?

Sun Aug 11, 2002 3:13 pm

I do! I'm 17 years old (b. March 27, 1985) and I fly a 22 year old Cessna 172N (1980 model).

-Jeffrey

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