When you look to the airliner world in our days and you just see Airbuses and Boeings you can really fast fly all their families in a short time. Many years ago you had much more types so you always wanted to try something different. Today you see most of the classic airliners going really fast. Take for example the 727, long gone in Europe is going too in USA. The DC-9 the same, you have a few in Europe and in USA, the 737-200 is ending too and even newer airliners are getting rare like the MD11. When I fly normally I know that I will not get nothing really special but if there is I'll try to get it. The only time I flew the DC-10 was in 1998 when I travelled with my family to USA. We had a flight from Chicago to Seattle and I went to United homepage to see what flights they had. I saw a 744, a 777 and a DC-10. The 744 and 777 were direct flights, the DC-10 was via Denver. Of course I booked my flight in the DC-10. Then sometimes you get great surprises and that's what I had, shortly before we landed in Denver the F/A told us not to take our stuff out because we would board the plane latter. But just a few moments before landing the same F/A said that we should take all our stuff out and move to a diferent gate, that looked quite strange. The UA
DC-10 that we flew was with the old livery so I though probably they would move the plane to another gate afterwards so I walked to the new gate to see that there was another DC-10 parked there with the new UA
livery, I realized then that we were going to fly another DC-10. So instead of just flying 1 DC-10 with an extra landing and take-off in Denver I flew two DC-10's!!!
Second time I had a quite outstanding experience was last December. I booked with BA
a trip from LIS
, everything was ok until I had someone that found out a better fare with SWISS flying LIS LAX
. The point was that I was going to fly in a MD11. The MD11 is beeing retired from SWISS really soon so I was glad I could fly in it. But the most interesting thing was that just a few days ago I found out that the SWISS MD11 I flew in December is beeing withdrawn now - HB
-IWM, so I guess it was great to fly it before it was over.
When you have examples like this you stay really very nostalgic and think how great chance you had to fly some particular examples of airliners.