As far as I can remember I´ve never had a flight without turbulence...of course 90% of them have just been light or occasional bumps.
But there are three flights I´ll never forget.
First one was in 1986 after taking off from SDQ
during a heavy tropical storm.
Aircraft was an Iberia DC10-30 (EC-DEA). It felt like we were riding on a rollercoaster. The big airplane seemed to be like a feather in the middle of strong winds. No one was hurt. Everyone was securely fastened to their seats. I remember the pilot telling us right before take off roll that we were going to have a really scary climb.
The second one was during a MIA
flight back in 1997. Aircraft was an Aviateca B737-200 (N123GU...an excellent service and a wonderful crew!!).
We had hit two ugly air pockets within the first 10 minutes of flight as there was a storm over MIA
. Once we reached our cruising altitude the flight was smooth...until we hit some high clouds over Cancun. A few seconds before the Captain told the cabin crew to stop food and beverage service and to sit down and fasten their seat belts...that´s when I knew it was going to be hard, and it was. Turbulenece lasted for about 40 minutes, and we hit the largest air pockets I can remember. People were screaming and praying. A young girl had a nervous breakdown...and I promised myself that this was going to be my last flight, and it was, but only for a a few months..hehe. My love for flight was stronger than turbulence and fear, so when the third worst turbulenece I´ve had came, even though it was heavy, I just put on the headphones and listened to music. Turbulence was just the aircraft dancing to the rhythm of the music...hehehe. Delta flight 108 ATL