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Thu Jul 03, 2003 8:00 pm

I remember Mirrodie's pictures of him receiving a toy Concorde for Christmas (the uctest picture) and him spotting at JFK when he was 5 or so.

When I was little, I used to sit in my third floor apartment which overlooked the northern part of Runway 13/31 at LGA. I'd leer through binoculars and write down in a notebook all the kinds of planes that I saw taking off. I'd writ the type, the airline, the time and remarks on anything out of the ordinary. It was weird. I wish I saved those.

I knew the plane types from plane books I had gotten. Back then it was easier, although I couldn't really figure the difference between all the twin engines. I only learned that last year! lol.

I used to have these toys of planes. I had this little KLM 747 which was one of my favorites, adn when I went on a plane for the first time in 1989, I was on a Continental DC-9 (I think) in Houston, and I looked out the window and saw the same beast as my toy taxiing towards me and turning. It was jsut amazing. What a beast of a plane. I had never seen a 747 at that point, having only dealt with LGA traffic.

My teens years brought me away from planes and into sports like hockey and stuff. But I go back into it when I was 20, shortly before 9/11. I never got to really enjoy L-1011s and DC-10s coming in and out of LGA. Not anymore though, but I didn't realize until last year that I always liked planes. I'm glad Jcxp15 introduced me to this site, as that is what started it all again for me.

What are some memories you have from your childhood pertaining to planes?

(as a side note, Jcxp15 is now in Colorado at the Air Force Academy after leavign a week ago. He is a good man who will do well, and will be protecting our skies i an F-15 hopefully soon. Hats off to him!)
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Thu Jul 03, 2003 8:12 pm

I grew up very close to ZRH Airport and the airplanes attracted my attention since I was 5 or 6 years old. I still remember being next to the runway watching the landing traffic and I saw a golden B707 with a bird as a logo on its nose.

Then I had no idea what it was, today, I know...

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Thu Jul 03, 2003 9:09 pm

I used to draw airliners and make jet noises while I drew them. Recently I found some of my pictures and found a Swissair DC9 in old colors, a CSA 737, and whatt apears to be a Tu134. I was about 7-9 years old when I drew them
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Thu Jul 03, 2003 9:22 pm

"...and make jet noises while I drew them..."

That's so cute!!! lol
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Thu Jul 03, 2003 9:37 pm

My Childhood Aviation Memories would take an entire book.

Here jus a few.

The first word coming out of my mouth as a baby was “Flugzeug” (airplane in German).

I was so crazy for airplanes I did nothing else then reading and fantasizing about them. I counted the hour’s months before my next flight.

Aircraft play a very big role in my life. The fact that I am handicapped stopped my dream of becoming a pilot.  Crying

Every time I see a plane my hearth goes faster. That will change the day I die. Big grin
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Thu Jul 03, 2003 10:39 pm

My username says it all...

"La Carlota" --SVFM-- (Base Aérea Francisco de Miranda is the official name) is an airport located right in the middle of Caracas, Venezuela. That's the city where I grew up, and our apartment was facing the runway, just a few feet behind the firefighters' base and right in front of the control tower.

Currently it's entirely a military base for Government use only, but back in the 60's and 70's it was a private airport, with lots and lots of small airplanes from wealthy Venezuelans (those were better times for the country).

I used to spend hours watching planes landing, especially Sunday evenings, as they were coming back from spending the weekend elsewere in the country. Friday evenings and Saturday mornings were good for departure watching, as people was leaving town by air in a rush. During the week, mostly executive turbo-props and later the first business jets (Citations, Learjets, Grumman). Also, plenty of Government DC-3's and helicopters, and, of course, YV-TTF (the popular "Tango Tango Fox"), a Cessna 150 used by a radio station to report about traffic in the city during rush hour.

Occasionally they held some "open house", so you could go there and even touch the planes...

I also used to listen to ATC through the FM band!!!! (at that time there were only one FM station in Caracas).

I learned a lot about light and business planes, as well as some military and even helicopters. They bought a presidential plane (B-737/200), and it used to operate from there. That was after they tried for a long time a F-28. Those were the two largest planes I ever saw there, and it amazed me as hell!!

Those were my earliest aviation memories, and those really marked my unstoppable passion for the rest of my life...

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Thu Jul 03, 2003 10:54 pm

I remember climbing a tree in my front yard with binoculars hoping to get a little "closer" to the jets going over my house on the MINKS arrival into LGA, up at around 12,000'. I remember seeing Eastern L-1011's and LOTS of 727s...they gradually went away and now the arrival route goes to EWR.

I also remember my very first airplane flight, JFK-LHR on a British Airways 747.

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Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:30 am

I would go through the Telephone directory every time I came across one just to look at all the airlines listed there, also in my childhood the only airlines that existed for me were JAL, PIA, Saudia, KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways and Pan Am, and yes I loved to draw planes, my major effort went into a British Airways Tristar 500 on two huge sheets in full colour, complete with passengers looking out the windows, a Kuwait Airways 707 and a scene of Geneva Airport with Swissair DC-9's. Also loved recieving airline coffee and Sugar sachets, jams, plastic cutlery sets.
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:40 am

I used to draw pictures and maps of airports and airplanes all the time. By the time I was eight or nine I knew the layout of most of the major airports in the United States.

My stepfather traveled constantly on business, so for Christmas one year he started an 'airport postcard collection' for me - a photo album with a postcard of Atlanta Hartsfield inside. Every time he went on business, he'd try and bring me back postcards of the airport he was at.

It's funny... I filled up two albums and am now working on number three!

When I was about ten or eleven I started collecting timetables... I've got hundreds now, taking up most of my closet. My parents can't wait for me to move out and take all my 'airplane junk' with me.  Smile
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:48 am

my dad always took me to LAX as a kid. I have uploaded several of his shots here at airliners. Here are a couple of my faves:

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I always had a fascination with UTA, and their DC-10's they flew to LAX. They came in very late in the evening, usually after daylight, but my dad would always try to let me see them. One time it worked, and he took a picture of it landing. I still have that slide  Smile
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:52 am

I have been fascinated with airplanes/airports for as long as I can remember..
My earliest recollection is accompanying my mother as she drove my dad
to SFO for a trip to New York on (what I believe was)a TWA Connnie..I
loved the observation deck at SFO and would have to go there everytime..
My grandparents flew in from New York a couple of times, and I'd love going
to the airport to get them..I loved hearing the arrival/departure announcements over the PA system "Trans World Airlines announces the
arrival of Flight 123 from New York" echoing through the terminal..
and watching as airplanes taxied in/out..and then parking near the airport
just to watch them..I'm 53 yrs old next week...and I'm still fascinated with
airplanes and airport operations.

What a long strange trip it's been
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 1:24 am

In the very early 1980s, I flew into Kai Tak on a DC-9-30, and I remember taxiing through the "forest" of jumbojets like 747s and L-1011s. . .I was "wowed" by these beasts. We ended up parking between two massive 747s. It was my first close-up experience with such large a/c.
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 1:29 am

- Going out to HPN when the terminal was little more then a Shack and USAir 737-200's were bigger then it. (1990)
- Flying to Hawaii in American DC-10's JFK-LAX-HNL and then an Aloha 737-200 and once being upgraded on the Aloha 737-200 when I was 4 and my parents stayed in coach. (1990)
- Driving past Kona Airport (KOA) and watching my first United New Paint 747-400 touch down. (1994)
- Exploring JFK and going down to the Delta and TWA gates before security was beefed up. (1994)
- Getting a full breakfast LGA-ORD (1994)

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Fri Jul 04, 2003 1:35 am

My first flight (1997)
My first international flight (1998)
I draw wacky planes...
and always Identify anything that flies overhead....
and you CAN change the twins
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 1:47 am

Going to the Midfield Complex @ ATL the day it opened. Watching ASA Dash-7s and Banderantes fly over my house it lived in until 1986. Watching flights on approach to ATL fly over my house when I lived near Stone Mountain. Being in the flightpath for Dobbins ARB, and getting C-130s, C-141s, and C-5s flying over my house on the way back to Dobbins. Watching glider flights that originated at the Britt Memorial Airport (a now-closed GA airport that was right next to Stone Mountain), and some of the warbirds that were based out of there.
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 1:50 am

I've been fascinated with commercial aviation ever since I was a little kid as well. I grew up in Houston from the time I was born until I was about 6 years old, so IAH is where it all started for me. My mom and I would often fly from IAH to DFW to visit my Aunt in Ft. Worth back when it cost like 30 bucks to fly that route. Now it costs about 200 from what I understand.
Anyway, I was always fascinated by them. I used to love going over to IAH and seeing those big Continental jets, and I remember seeing other airlines such as KLM, Air France, United, Delta, etc.
I also became familiar with DFW as I use to fly their often. My Dad was also living in Miami to get his masters degree and we would fly to MIA to see him as well. My first widebody aircraft was actually from IAH to MIA on a Continental DC-10.
Since I've lived near Charlotte for awhile now i've seen CLT sort of transform into the bustling hub it is today. Still not as exciting as IAH, but a neat airport!
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 2:24 am

First, I want to echo the sentiment of Adam T. above, CLT is a pretty neat airport, I have driven up there from time to time. I have picked up several friends there on flights before if they were nonrevving and it was easier for them to get there, than here to CAE (only about 80 miles away).

My earliest childhood memories involve taking trips with my Mom when I was like 2 or 3. I can't tell you the cities, or the aircraft types, but I am sure that SAV was involved, as well as DFW, and probably several points in between. All I know is that it got into my blood at a very young age.

Later on, when we moved to south Georgia, we would be driving for various reasons through Atlanta, and it always took us in on I-75 which passes very close to ATL. Every time I EVER had a chance to pass through there for YEARS, I would be glued to the car windows. I remember seeing those big beautiful DL L1011s parked at the hangars.

Finally, at the age of 22, I got my first professional job out of college, and promptly moved here to CAE where I am now (8 years ago). Within months of getting this job, I was travelling every two weeks between CAE and ORD via ATL. This was a DREAM come true, and something I had no clue I was getting into when I took the job. An apartment in downtown Chicago courtesy of my employer, and regular flights between the worlds two busiest airports. What more could I ask for? It was usually a combination of 767s and MD80s that I flew on those routes (though I did get an occasional 727 and 757). Anyway, I had still not flown on a Tri Star yet, and I was itching too by the time that project was winding up. (I know this is not a "childhood" memory, but it is the fulfillment of some of those dreams). Anyway, on my LAST flight home, I stayed over Friday night to finish packing up my stuff, and took a mid morning flight on Sat morning. Well, lo and behold, there was an equipment change, and instead of the scheduled 767, it was an L1011 sitting at the gate. Between the flight being nearly empty that morning, and my status with Delta, I of course got upgraded to First Class. It was awesome.

Of course, I have taken many more flights since then. My current job doesn't afford me travel, but I have had many great opportunities to fly all of my favorite aircraft since then (except the Concorde). My last hurrah is one more flight this year that will hopefully involve first class on a 777 and 747. I am 31, and still like a kid every time I get to travel.  Smile
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 2:28 am

I love CLT!

In my late teens/early 20's I had a job that occasionally required me to deliver
shipments to the airlines at SFO..Usually PSA (RIP) or Air Cal (rip) which enabled me to get to parts of the airport one wouldn't normally see..which brought me even closer to airplanes. Occasionally a delivery to SJC on another
job...One day I delivered a shipment and lo and behold parked right near
the office was a Ford TriMotor.

What a long strange trip it's been
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 2:51 am

I remember when just about every plane that flew over my house was a 727 when I was younger. Mostly AA and Delta when Delta's hub at DFW was much stronger. I also remember seeing Lufthansa 747s and BA DC-10s and occasionally a BA Tristar departing out of DFW. I really miss those days.

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Fri Jul 04, 2003 4:02 am

From when I was 5 till I was almost 11 our house was less than a mile north of the main runway at PWK just north of Chicago. So back then every plane was a "Cessna" or a "LearJet", which to be honest probably was right 7 times out of 10.

My fondest early memory was a trip to visit the then new Terminal 1 at O'Hare... this was 86/87, so I was 6 yrs old, give or take a few months. I remember coming out of the tunnel (there are windows that are practically at tarmac level there) and looking at a United DC-10 parked on the C concourse. The plane looked so big, so did its GE engines. Of course everything is pretty big to a 6 yr old, but the Diesel Ten was especially big.
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 4:56 am

During the long, hot summer days of childhood (circa '72) I used to watch the Concorde go across the sky, going northeast from IAD. I can still hear the engines rumble, while watching it disappear into the horizon.
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 7:42 am

This picture is reminiscent of many happy childhood memories of My Mom taking me to EWR to see the Eastern planes, she was very supportive when I was growing up. Everytime we were on vacation she would take me around the airports, always looking for Eastern  Smile

This photo of a Eastern A300 on a cold New Jersey Winter's day waiting to bring passengers someplace warm like Orlando or Ft.Lauderdale is represenative of my early love for aviation.

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Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:26 pm

I first travelled at the age of 3 months and there has not been a year that i havent gotten on to a plane more that 4 times. I love airplanes I love BWIA and most of all I love the L1011.

To me that was just the best plane ever. I remembers how fussy i would be when I realised that my flight would be on a Bwee big plane.

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Fri Jul 04, 2003 2:23 pm

That would be 1962 and 1963 while chewing a blade af grass in the horse pasture. I watched, and heard, Allegheny Convairs and DC-3s (actually C-47s) pass over enroute to PIT. When the weather was right I'd see the contrails of the big guys heading in. I was 70 miles from PIT so the big pistons and jets were still at altitude for contrails.

At night I would hear the UA and TW Connies and DCs fly over for what seemed like hours. Sometimes, when lucky, I could see the lights in the distance out the window. I am lucky that I was able to experience the round engines in their latter years. I still enjoy seeing a new type at an airport but I wonder if perhaps the magic still exists. I hope it does.
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 4:08 pm

Miami International Airport observation deck '64, a child, look a new type of airplane? No propellers?

It had a "T" tail, three engines, one on either side of the fuselage, and in the center at the rear of the aircraft. So coool...

Dim lights at each step of the built in stairway opened, touching the tarmac from the underside of tail? Wow...

The plane just glistened in the setting sun, a "golden falcon" stylized logo was painted on the large vertical stabilizer, there was an oblong shaped scoop at the top of the rear fuselage, leading into the tail? What's up with that?

A strobe light in the rear tip of the pointed end of the "T" tail was flashing. The aircraft looked so sleek, slipstream, futuristic, like cutting the air with a razor. The wings were so swept back and from that angle, the horizontal stabilizer, seemed to match exactly the sweep of the jets wings. Truly an awesome machine.

Oh look... The stairs retracting up into the underside of the tail, how exciting. The loud ripping of the engines, (covering my ears with my hands) the warm wind blowing, the smell of kerosene exhaust. I prayed that one day I would be able to fly on that type of airplane at least once in my life.

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Fri Jul 04, 2003 7:14 pm

I have mentioned this before, but I will share it again. It was the spring of 1971, and my family took my great aunt to Love Field for her trip to Europe. As I stood their watching the airside activity, here came N601BN, Big Orange herself, taxiing by. That was my first look at a 747, and it was so much bigger than anything else I had ever seen. I was 5 at the time, and I think I was hooked from that point on.
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Fri Jul 04, 2003 7:38 pm

Mine would have to be in the late 80s and early 90s before I got to take my first flight, driving past O'Hare airport on I90 on our frequent trips to the city. I would have my face pressed against the glass and would always hope for a traffic jam in front of the airport. I used to love seeing the old dc10s and 747s taxing and landing,taking off. I also used to enjoy(and still do) watching planes land over the Rosemont Horizon(now All State Arena). I had no idea then that years later I would be lucky enough to work inside ORD on the tarmac.

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Fri Jul 04, 2003 8:40 pm

My dad took me to LPL to have a look at the (few) planes that were coming in. In particular, I remember the Manx Airlines lunchtime Island Hopper service arriving.

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Sat Jul 05, 2003 12:58 am

Very long time ago:

1. Watching Avro Arrow take off and go vertical. Aircraft would accelerate along runway as two already-airborne chase planes (CF-100; F-86) flew parallel on either side. By the time the Arrow lifted off it had matched the chase planes, and then it would shoot straight up on afterburner and leave them in the dust. Very impressive. I was 11-12 at the time.

2. First flight -- American Airlines Convair 540(?) from Toronto to Buffalo and onto to NYC; second flight -- TCA Canadair North Star from NYC to Toronto. Night flight, and the noise from those Merlins was incredible! Still don't hear that well.

3. Watching new TCA Viscounts on flight tests around Toronto. They would often have one prop feathered doing engine-out tests. That would never happen now, I guess, with simulators.

4. Watching a B-47 fly with a gigantic Iroquois engine strapped to the rear fuselage for flight tests. Apparently that Iroquois could keep the B-47 going with all six engines at idle.

5. Trying to comprehend my father's tears when the government cancelled the Arrow project. I understand it now.
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Sat Jul 05, 2003 1:30 am

The year was 1982. I was only 3 years old, and almost daily, my grandfather would take me for a drive past New Orleans International Airport so I could look at the planes, as my family saw myself becoming very interested in those wonderful machines. I remember seeing a plane "with the big blue ball" on the tail, as I said it. My grandfather told me, of course, "that's a Pan Am plane, Stephen." After that, I was hooked...not just on airliners in general, but especially on Pan Am. Once I got a little older...maybe 6 or so...we would go to the airport several times a week after school...sat down, got a drink, and I just looked at the planes for hours. I remember it as if it was yesterday. This continued until I was 13 or so pretty much. Those really were the good old days. I can vividly recall seeing an American DC10 pull up to gate B-4 at about the same time as we got there everyday...around 4:00pm or grandfather used to always tell me "Jesus, it looks like that engine on the tail is held on with scocth tape!"

But my finest memory...May, 1988...we went to the airport after school was out to catch Pan Am's return to New Orleans after a 4 year abscence. I must have waited at the gate for 2 hours...but since the plane was late...I gave up, and we left. I was dissapointed to say the least. But wouldn't you know it, as we drove down the access road to get on Interstate 10, the 727 Clipper landed. I got a great view of it...really made my day.

I actually had my 8th bday party at the airport. Eastern let us board one of thier 727-200's for awhile...I still have no idea how my mom swung that one....and each person in the party got to go into the flight deck for awhile. My dad filmed that whole party, so every now and again I look at to recall the fine memories.

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Sat Jul 05, 2003 1:59 am

I have so many happy childhood memories in relation to aircraft. There was one pocket sized aircraft identification handbook I had when I was about 10 years old which I took EVERYWHERE! My mum nicknamed it my 'Bible'!

I'll never forget in 1985 when I was 11 being taken planespotting to Manchester airport, back in the good old days when you could walk along the viewing piers. I'll always remember seeing Cyprus Airways' newly delivered A310 at close quarters and being totally bowled over by how stunningly beautiful an Iberia DC9 and Air Europe 757 looked. I must have had a thing for orange and white colour schemes!

In the same year I remember my parents promising to take me to Leeds-Bradford one evening to watch the takeoffs and landings and then they had to cancel it at short notice. I was in floods of tears for the whole evening!! This was a serious addiction to aircraft I had!

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Sat Jul 05, 2003 3:31 am

I remember my dad taking me to MSP and we would go around the gates and look at all the airplanes. He would also tell me about the different airplanes. A few times we saw a family friend who was an AA ticket agent at MSP and she would always let us onto the airplanes. I also remember their was a carousel on the gold concourse. I used to love riding that thing.


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Sat Jul 05, 2003 5:32 am

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-

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-ATL....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 727.
First Flight I Remember- June 1992, USAir DC-9 CMH-PIT, which would start a trip to Guatemala to adopt my brother.
First Turboprop- June 1992, USX J-31, IND-CMH
First Widebody- October 1992, NW DC-10 MSP-LAX.
First L-1011- September 1995, Delta, SFO-ATL
First 747- July 28, 1999...NW 68, 747-400, TW / KDTW), USA - Michigan">DTW-AMS (If anyone can find me the reg # of that plane, I'd greatly appreciate it)
First RJ flight- December 1999, Comair CRJ, MCO-FLL
Last L-1011- March 1999, Delta, SJU-ATL........coulda, woulda, shoulda, was gonna be, 7/31/01, MCO-ATL
Last 727- August 2002, NW, MCO-TW / KDTW), USA - Michigan">DTW
Latest Flight- January 2003, US A-319, CLT-CMH

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
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RE: Childhood Aviation Memories

Sat Jul 05, 2003 5:48 am

Being woken up by PIA 747's every morning when I lived right by MAN.

Playing with Herpa's when I was really small, wish I had half of those now!!!  Laugh out loud, being just around Schiphol, I remember quite alot of how it was like when I used to go there (very similar to how it is now but I had a completely different view on life when I was just 2 lol, it looks the same but feels completely the opposite, how freaky.

Playing with my models whilst waiting for an a/c, like throwing them around on the floor of the departure lounge, lol  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Childhood Aviation Memories

Sat Jul 05, 2003 6:50 am

My childhood aviation memories are when Bromma was
still the international airport of Stockholm-Sweden.
I still remember the Lufthansa Super Constellation, the British European
Airways Vickers Viscounts and Comet 4, the Sabena DC-7, the Pan Am
DC-7C, the KLM Lockheed Electra...
Sob...those where the days my friend.
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RE: Childhood Aviation Memories

Sat Jul 05, 2003 7:01 am

It was in 1957, when I was ten. My grandparents came to visit, and they gave me three postcards that were in their seat pocket on Eastern Air Lines. One was of a Super-C Constellation. One was of a Golden Falcon DC-7B. And the other was of a Silver Falcon Convair 440. I loved these pictures so much that when my grandparents returned to their home in Florida, I went out to RIC airport to see them off. My father helped me collect timetables from every airline flying to Richmond, which were Eastern, American, National, United, Capital, and Piedmont. I planned many imaginary trips with these timetables. The best part of that trip to the airport is that my grandparents got away and I didn't get a chance to say goodbye. So my mother took me out on the tarmac and up the integral stairs on a Silver Falcon Convair 440! We were allowed to board the plane so I could say goodbye to my grandparents. I would have given anything to have gone with them on that flight. Twelve years later, I actually flew on an Eastern Convair 440, but it had been repainted into the hockey stick color scheme, and it was no longer called the Silver Falcon. That same year, 1969, Convairs were removed from Eastern's fleet.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA
Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
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RE: Childhood Aviation Memories

Sat Jul 05, 2003 7:15 am

Ok, Bob.
You seem to be the same age group as I. I love those old props.
DC-6B, DC-7C, CV440, Lockheed Electra, Lockheed Constellation,
Vickers Viscount, De Havilland Comet-4...sorry not a prop.
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RE: Childhood Aviation Memories

Sat Jul 05, 2003 10:12 am

Yes, I love the old props too. I've been on most all of them from the fifties except the Connie and Stratocruiser. I flew on a Vickers Vanguard twice, on BEA. It was the only prop I've been on with a six-abreast interior. The DC-6B and DC-7B were two of my favorites.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA
Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
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RE: Childhood Aviation Memories

Sat Jul 05, 2003 11:36 am

My most vivid childhood aviation memory happened at the MSP terminal. As I watched action on the ramp in utter fascination, a departing 4-engined prop type taxiing away from the terminal created a blast of sand and small pebbles that deflected noisily but harmlessly off the glass I was standing next to. For some reason that experience of more than 40 years ago remains etched in my mind as though I am there as I write this.