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Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Thu Oct 16, 2003 8:34 pm

Sorry this probably had discussed before.

I heard there is a dedicated 707 fans site, tell you which airline still fly 707 frequently.

I am thinking to try Saha Air of Iran, as many told me they are still flying, a flight cost as low as 15 USD, incredible!

If any of you know any other operator still reliably fly 707 day in and out, please let me know. I missed all my chances so I am getting little desperate.

I am not so interested in those airline have 707 stored, I am interested in current schedule any airline fly PAX 707. Saha Air seems very tempting but I am lookking at all options.

thanks!

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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:06 pm

Count me in for the ride  Big grin

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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:28 pm

I'd recommend using the chance to fly Saha Air as fast as possible - I guess there are probably just a few others flying around africa, but I don't know how many of those are pax configs, and I really don't know how many of those I'd fly in...

... having said that, I'm just glad I used my chance on Air Zimbabwe in 1998, when they were still flying the 707 on regional and domestic routes - I got one between VFA and HRE, which took about an hour, but it certainly was something special... just a few months later they, unfortunately, took the two aircraft out of service...
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:37 pm

Bum a ride with John Travolta......


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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:44 pm

Glad I fixed that problem in 1979 on a PanAm 707, flying FRA-JFK-FRA, I can even remember it Big grin Big grin Big grin (and have pics)
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 1:07 am

Hehe, my very 1st flight was with a 707 from Lufthansa in 1973 from FRA to LPA (plane continued trip to CCS).
Was great!
 
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 1:32 am

Boohoo.  Crying  Crying  Crying I hate you all.

(  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Just kidding of course, but I feel tremendous envy for those who had the chance to fly the 707 in their time. Gnade der spaeten Geburt, my ass  Wink/being sarcastic )

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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 2:35 am

My first memory of flying was in a 707. I was about 4 years old, on my second trans-Atlantic trip. I remember walking down the narrow aisle and peaking through the curtains dividing first class from economy. Then I remember a stern-looking steward shaking his finger at me to leave. Hey, I was just curious.

This was a Lufthansa 707 from YYZ-FRA.
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 9:47 am

So no one knows who still operate PAX 707...this thread somewhat turned into a "Me and you all flown on a B707 in 1979"...yet I haven't!

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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 10:04 am

I agree with the John Travolta idea. He should hold a contest.
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Fri Oct 17, 2003 10:05 am


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SkyMaster has 707's, but I'm not sure if they are cargo or pax.
 
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 10:59 am

Join the US Air Force! Big grin They still have them as re-fuelers.....for now.

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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 11:01 am

I think SkyMaster's are cargo-configured... but count me in too (and maybe find a DC-8 I can ride in as well  Big grin )
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 5:30 pm

Airsicknessbag - no need to cry, and no need to be angry about your birthdate... after all, according to your profile, you've flown on Concorde: I've managed to catch the 707 and 727-, 737- and 747-100 while they were still regularly used - but I'll never get to fly on Concorde...

And, by the way: if you guys find a DC8 - drop me an eMail... I'll come with you!!!
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 5:32 pm

Just forgot this: the ones that Skymaster operates are Cargo.
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 5:51 pm

707's are keeooowwll ! I flew Air Zim in 89 on a free ticket (non-rev - the lady in the Joburg office would give out ID00 to anybody and his dog just about !) - the whole trip was on B707s. The ticket was JNB-HRE-LGW-HRE-JNB, but the HRE-LGW flight was full so they put me on the HRE-FRA flight instead, upgraded to Executive Class (which was old LH Business Class, pretty good for an old banger). Front row too.

The poor old 707 was a Super-Q hushkit job, to be able to land in FRA/LGW, one engine blew a valve on take off (quite late in the roll, there was much screeching of brakes as we slammed to a halt on the runway) - taxied back to the terminal and waited a couple of hours while Men With Spanners tutted and frowned at it. They rewound the elastic and off we went. Great trip, all the better for being FREEEEE !

I flew GFY-Waterkloof in a Safair 707 too, during National Service (in 87 - God I'm old !) - they used it for troop transports (a MAJOR improvement over flying in a L100), although of course for sanctions reasons they only ever flew "civilians" ja whatEVer ! It was a very old and very noisy 707 (ZS-LSF), used to fly for SA way back when. That was a good flight too, always good to be leaving Namibia ! And in a 707, it was so much faster hehe.
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 7:20 pm

Was a FA on 707 for nearly 6 years with Luxair
Loved the aircraft.We had a 177 all Y class configuration
Also flew the old A model 707s with South African Airways
Flew to Sydney/New York and Las Palmas on 707 as crew
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 7:25 pm

Tony(LXLGU) - was that with Luxavia/Trek ? I thought that was the only 707 operated by LG (enlighten me if otherwise...). I wonder if the 707's that Safair had came from LG - they were ex-SAA I know.

BTW, I alway wanted to take that Luxavia flight from JNB, it was the backpacker special, always seemed like fun. As I recall the routing was via NBO, but did it stop anywhere else, someone told me it stopped in ATH too...
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 7:38 pm

Hi!
Yes that was the Luxavia 707s
We had 3 LX-LGS/LGT/LGU

LGS and LGT were usually dryleased to other carriers
Alia had two of them at one time
The flights were usually via NBO but southbound we often flew via
ATH and then flew nonstop to JNB.Occasionally we had to refuel in Harare.

It was a great fun flight.We had coaches in Luxembourg transfer paxs on to
Germany/Belgium and Netherlands free of charge

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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 2:53 am

Any chance of us mere mortals having a chance to fly on this beauty?

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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 4:00 am

Just memories! In 1969 I took a BWIA 707 from JFK to AUA an then to BGI! We got to go into the cockpit, and the service was spendid A long flight, but with the "classic boeing cabin" {the large overhead lights) kept awake until arrival at BGI
 
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 4:23 am

707 Memories! YUL _ATH 10 hours! 1969 JFK-AUA_BGI Long flights! The flight from YUL-Ath in 1972 was Y class in a "combi" 707 and it was 10 hours!
 
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 4:28 am

At this point, only a few 707's are in operation. You can still try to get into a cargo flight (SkyMaster comes to mind), or talk to Mr. Travolta. Also, a few air forces still use the military or VIP versions. Try the Spanish, Chilean, Brazilian or Lebanese Air Force. The Brazilian KC-137, that used to be the presidential transport for long-haul flights was used at least as recently as last August to fly back the body of ambassador Sergio Vieira de Melo, killed by the explosion in Baghdad.
 
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 6:14 am

The US Navy has some former American Airlines 707-323C's, (now called the E-6A Mercury), that were converted to airborne command posts. If work hard enough, you might be able to be an IFT on one.
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 6:49 am

I remember an Airline called 'African International' from not so recent years ago, which was mainly doing ops in flying guest workers from Africa to arabian countries. What about JNB-based InterAir? They flew 707. Are they still alive?
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 10:34 am

Obviously this thread had some how twisted and now it is showing off my 707 glory ride, why don't post them in trip report forum, sure you get lot of attention for that! With no good answer, I won't ask again...I decide to try Saha Air early next year, this will solve my problem....Try to get on a Presidential flight or with John Travolta is not realstic, as sounds too easy. This forum offer nothing much but entertainment.
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 10:37 am

sorry no 707's on this route.... Sad
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 10:45 am

There's still a way to do it, but you're going to have to want to do it very badly. If you join the USAF Reserves and get a job as a refueling guy you'll get to ride in a C-135 - probably the closest thing to a flying 707 that most of us will ever see again.
 
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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 10:59 am

I use to fly 707's all the time from Washington D.C. to Phoenix. when I was a small child. Now that I look back on them I realize they were great planes. However at that time I was not thrilled with them. Simply becuase we flew to Arizonia a lot and up untill the 757 and 767 came along, all we flew on was the 707, so I was bored with them. Plus, American Airlines (the airline we flew on) had no IFE on those 4 hour flights, and when you are 7 or 8, those flights can be very very long and boring.

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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 12:49 pm

Aa777flyer thanks for looking up for me.

Saha Air seems is not in any CRS system, JP2003 revealed that they received few 707 during 2002 for operations + have another batch manfactured in 1976 (rather new ) for B707...

The one shows in CRS is Iran Air (312), Iran Asseman (72S) and Iran Air Tours (TU5)

So it bascially require me to go there and check it out...seems cannot get any confirmation here. Saha seems run by military and do not have a website. Iran Air on the other hand have a great website!

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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 1:15 pm

"There's still a way to do it, but you're going to have to want to do it very badly. If you join the USAF Reserves and get a job as a refueling guy you'll get to ride in a C-135 - probably the closest thing to a flying 707 that most of us will ever see again."

Well the 135 is smaller than the 707. You can come join us in AWACS, I fly the 707 airframe about twice a week  Wink/being sarcastic And the E-3s (and some E-6s) are the newest '707-320s' around. We even have the TF33s.

On a more serious note:
The USAF is still buying surplus 707s from South America, etc for more conversions into (1 more) E-8s and (2 more) TC-18s-plus spares. So it is getting harder for civilians to find Pax (and even cargo) 707s.

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RE: Where Can I Get On A B707 For A Ride?

Sat Oct 18, 2003 3:32 pm

In the case of the E-6, the planes use CFM hi-bypass turbofans rather then the TF-33s, so it is a little different. E-8 JSTARS would be a little closer since they use the older TF-33s and don't have a big radome topside. Only problem with bumming a ride on a KC-135 is that the cargo hold isn't very well insulated, so it can get dang COLD at altitude (according to one guy I know who did manage to bum a ride on one). Also, there aren't many windows and the military sets up their passenger seats facing to the rear rather then foreword. Still, I could think of more frivolous reasons to join the USAF or the reserves. I suppose getting chummy with a congressman who flies on Andrews AFB based VC-137s a lot would also be a long shot, unless you had a big pocketbook or a good golf game. Big grin