I don't know how I wound up hooked on airplanes, but I can remember having a love for them as far as I can remember. My earliest memory is probably watching my dad leave CMH
on a business trip. I knew that it was a Delta 727 even then. We also would watch Evergreen 747-100s leave CMH
, to be followed by blowers to clean the runway.
My most amazing memory, now that I look back on it, was in July 1995, on a hotter than hell day at CMH
. We went up to see BA
's Concorde come in. Little did I know that I would be interviewed on WSYX-6 in Columbus, and was given by the reporter, two tickets for the 1 hour exhibition flight on the SST (later, I'd find out that my parents bought the tickets). I was embarrassed to be on TV
, especially because my parents had dressed me up as a pilot & I was in slacks in nearly 100 degree heat. We got on the plane, and not long after takeoff, I wound up feeling sick & weak, because the A/C wasn't running on the plane & my "cute outfit" had backfired on me. People were being allowed to visit the cockpit in flight, but I didn't go... (For a more detailed account of this trip, here's my trip report- http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/15139/6/
I remember the days when flying a DC-9 was way too common & a 757 was rare & unbelievable, back when we only flew USAir (when we moved to Delta, we were almost always on a 757 CMH
....still as fun- I always get a smile on my face when the engines "whine".) The L-1011 trips were special, too. I was able to get to the lower galley in ATL
in 10/1998- that was cool!
The 3 airlines I've mainly flown with are my 3 favorites- Delta, US Airways & Northwest. Over the years, I've grown to like certain planes....the 727 because of its look & engine whistle when it taxies, the 757 because of the TVs (big thing for me when I was younger) on board & the "whine" (I remember asking the captain if he could make the engines whine on takeoff from PIT
once), the EMB-120, and of course, the L-1011, because of how it looked, the lower galley, and the deep sound the engines made. More recently, I've added the A330 to that list.
A list of milestones:
First Flight- Winter 1988, what my parents think was a TW
First Flight I Remember- June 1992, USAir DC-9 CMH
, which would start a trip to Guatemala to adopt my brother.
First Turboprop- June 1992, USX J-31, IND
First Widebody- October 1992, NW
First L-1011- September 1995, Delta, SFO
First 747- July 28, 1999...NW
68, 747-400, TW
), USA - Michigan">DTW
(If anyone can find me the reg # of that plane, I'd greatly appreciate it)
flight- December 1999, Comair CRJ, MCO
Last L-1011- March 1999, Delta, SJU
........coulda, woulda, shoulda, was gonna be, 7/31/01, MCO
Last 727- August 2002, NW
), USA - Michigan">DTW
Latest Flight- January 2003, US A-319, CLT
A310/319/320/321/333, ARJ, BN2, B722/73S/733/734/735/73G/738/739/744/757/753/767/763/764/777, CR1/2/7/9, DH6, 328, EM2/ERJ/E70/E75/E90, F28/100, J31, L10/12/15, DC9/D93/D94/D95/M80/M88/M90/D10, SF3, SST