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Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:39 am

Mine all seem to be around growing up near my local airport at LBA and seeing the following:

Whilst having a game of tennis with my sister in 1986 an Air France Concorde (on a charter) passes overhead to become the first Concorde to land at LBA.


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Wardair 747's making the regular Monday flight to Toronto via BHX during the mid '80's.


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AirUK being the main scheduled operator, mostly with F27's and Shorts 360's.


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Capital establishing themselves as a major regional carrier from LBA in the late 80's with 146's and Shorts 360's.


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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:04 am

Well, I have a lot of wonderful Aviation memories of the 80´s, but probably my best is my very first flight ever!

June 20th, 1985

Delta Flight # DL15

FRA-ATL

Lockheed TriStar L1011-250

N737D

Will never forget that!
We flew in Business Class, what an experience!
And what a wonderful cabin crew, they even took me down to the lower lobe galley (probably unimaginable these days), and I´m pretty sure, that this was the day my love to Delta, the L1011, commercial aviation and my dream of becoming a Flight Attendant was born!!!
I also remember watching all those wonderful Pan Am birds from the visitors terrace at FRA! I truly miss it!!!

Nice pics Capital146!

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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:28 am

My best memories are a tie between flying on the 757 and 767 for the first time (American Airlines). I flew on the 757 from IAD to Phoenix, and the 767 from Baltimore to LAX and back. Plus, in 1987 when I flew on my first 747, British Airways from IAD to LHR, and in 1988 when I flew on Aer Lingus (747) from JFK to Dublin. However one of my most interesting flights was on Aeroflot (both domestic and also from Moscow to JFK).

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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 9:19 am

For me, it was flying on an Air Canada 747 out of Toronto to London-Heathrow to live in London for a year. That was the summer of 1984.


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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 10:15 am

I think most airlines had really cool liveries in the 80's. My three favorites were Continental, United, and Delta. All three seemed so correct for the era and the airline

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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 11:13 am

was born in the 80's. All I can say if from learning about it, it was simply amazing. Mostly b/c PAA and EA were still around, and how the 757, 767, A310, A300 were brand new. I WISH I was around to live the 1980s.
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 11:42 am

These are my best memories from the 1980's:


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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 11:55 am

Flying down to the 1984 worlds fair in New Orleans! We took a Eastern 757-200 there from EWR, and it was quite fun! On return to NYC (via LGA) I took a DL 1011 N/S and we even overflew a thunderstorm! Service both ways was lots better than today! ( try airlinemeals.com) and REALLY miss the past! (I did not mean this for an add) (cs03)
 
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:15 pm

My fondest memories of flying in the 80's was my first flight in 1981. I flew a DAL L-1011-385-1 from SFO to ATL and a DAL 727-200 from ATL to CHS.


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Then I flew an EAL DC-9-30 from CHS to ATL and an EAL A300-B4 from ATL to SFO.


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Also, I made my first solo trip from OAK to LAX in 1984 on an Air Cal 737-200.


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And returned on a USAir 727-200 from LAX to SFO.


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Finally, I had fond memories of being an airport bum at OAK, SFO and SJC during the 1980's and 1990's, seeing airlines like Sunworld, Air Cal, PSA, Jet America, Pride Air, Far West Airlines, Martinair, Wien Air Alaska, Continental West, Republic Airlines, World Airways, Transamerica, Grand Airways, Royal West Airlines, Muse Air, Transtar Airlines, Hughes Airwest, West Air, Pacific Coast Airlines, Apollo Airways, etc.
 
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:38 pm

My 1980s fondest? Hmmm staying at the Hotel Imperial at Dubrovnik every summer watching all the East Bloc charters and Aviogenex TU-134As pass overhead on approach to the airport.
 
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:40 pm

Here is my ode to the airlines of the 1980's. This is just some of the airlines:


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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 12:44 pm

Growing up on the 27R final approach at PHL.. I could just look up and always see something cool. Whether it was a US 722 or 732 (seen about every few min... or one of Eastern's many flights; Maybe it was United's nightly parade of a DC8, DC10s a 741 and 762. Oh yeah, I can't forget about good old Midway..

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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 2:07 pm

I was very young in the 1980's so I do not remember very much now but I could say from all the Pictures I have seen I like United Airlines old 747's and dc10's, the Delta airlines planes and Air new Zealand planes from the 1980's. Also I really like People Express they were a great airline.
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:43 pm

Going to Sea-Tac to see inaugural flights: United to Tokyo and Hong Kong, JAL to Tokyo, Finnair to Helsinki. Hearing Delta and Eastern and TWA L-1011's spooling up. Seeing JAL, Thai, United and later Continental 747's most days.
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sun Oct 26, 2003 1:54 am

On November 29, 1988 I was waiting at Philadlephia to board my Military contract flight to Keflavik, Iceland. I had no idea what airline operated the route or what aircraft. When we left the gate area and walked down the stairs and walked on the apron, there sitting on the ramp was a Hawaiian Airlines DC-8-62 N8969 waiting for us to board. It was about 10pm when we boarded the beautiful bird. It was nice to use the air stairs and not a steril jetway. I remember a United DC-10 was parked by our DC-8 and how long we taxied until we lined up and the engines roared. Six hours later we descended to Keflavik and arrived at 6am local time. When we arrived one of the flight attendants announced "Mahalo, welcome to Iceland!" I would take the same aircraft back to Philadelphia on November 29, 1989. A very nice way to start my Air Force career.
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sun Oct 26, 2003 2:11 am



LOL L1011Lover! N737D was my 1st 1011 ride also!

I flew her from ATL to DFW in the early 90's. From there she continued onto Honolulu.  Big thumbs up I ended up sitting under the #2 engine in the middle seats but that was fine by me! I was to blissed out about being on my 1st L-10 to care!

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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sun Oct 26, 2003 8:58 pm

Western---before Delta bought them out.
 
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sun Oct 26, 2003 11:21 pm

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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Sun Oct 26, 2003 11:30 pm

I used to take the T to Logan once a month where I would spend the day. I would take the airport shuttle to Terminal A and walk my way around, collecting timetables and such. I would always make sure to visit the 16th floor of the tower, where the observation lounge was. I would try to hit it in the early afternoon, when the international flights would arrive.

In those days, I could expect to see 747's from:

Aer Lingus
Iberia
Sabena
British Airways
TWA
Northwest
Swissair
Lufthansa
Air France
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Mon Oct 27, 2003 12:21 am

The first visit of the Concorde to Detroit Metro Airport in the summer of 1985. Actually, 4 Concordes arrived and departed within two days - 2 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. They were chartered by the Nomads travel club, who were celebrating their 20th anniversary. On Saturday, the two aircraft arrived at nearly the same time, one landing on rwy 21R and the other on 21L. They then met at the center of the airport and taxied to the Int'l terminal together. I remember people watching from everywhere possible -- parking deck, observation deck, standing on top of concouses and even some on top of hangars on the west side of rwy 21R. Quite a sight.
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Mon Oct 27, 2003 12:59 am

Going out to the airport with my dad probably twice a week after school, walking around, picking up the latest flight schedules, walking through the terminals and watching the Delta DC-8's and L1011's...the American DC-10's and 767's...the Northwest Orient 757's...the great silver fleet of Eastern...the many Muse Air/Transtar jets...the brightly colored jets of TAN SAHSA, LACSA, AVIATECA, and TACA...and of course, Pan Am 727's. I will never forget those days. I just wish I had the foresight to realize that perhaps some of these airlines/aircraft would ever be seen here again...I would have taken pictures if I had.


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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Mon Oct 27, 2003 1:08 am

Hi SWA TPA,

...that is pretty cool!!!
Do you have any ideas of the status of N737D? I know, that she stayed on with DL to the very end and was one of the last 3 L1011´s DL was operating until august 2001!
I guess, she´s probably still in storage at VCV!
Hope they didn´t scrapped her up yet!!!

By the way, I used to come to TPA quite frequently, and miss it so much, since we suspended our flights there...  Sad

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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Mon Oct 27, 2003 1:35 am

Summer of 89. Flying Il-62M from WAW-YYZ


I'm sure many of us here would love to see those planes on a regular basis.




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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Mon Oct 27, 2003 1:38 am

In 1988 I took my first (of many) commercial airline flight on a UAL DC-10 from ORD-SEA with my dad.
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Mon Oct 27, 2003 3:45 am



L1011Lover-

Check out my home page (its link is on my profile) there you can find some pics of TIA from my Cessna flights over it.
http://groups.msn.com/TheDahmashFamily/shoebox.msnw

Memories are great. Trust me, I was always on the look out for 737D everyday. It was always nice to see her. Like an old friend. I followed her to the end as well. I assume she is still at VCV. A sad end for a great bird!

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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Mon Oct 27, 2003 3:53 am

Early 80s - travelling w/ my HS track team from Juneau to Anchorage, three of us were asked to travel on an earlier flight because the one we were booked on was full. I jumped at the chance since it would mean 2 hrs in ANC alone. That was at the peak of Anchorage being a stop on the polar route, and daily movements of the big international carriers rivaled SFO. I was in hog heaven!
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Mon Oct 27, 2003 3:55 am

sitting at the window in very bad rain on a ltu tristar flying back home from malaga to dus , and on engine start and taxi begin it completely sucked dry a huge puddle of water that was on the apron. looked crazy
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Mon Oct 27, 2003 7:42 am

I remember flying AA DC10s to Hawaii every summer to visit my grandparents. We'd make the really long flight from DFW to HNL, then we'd have a two-hour layover before the plane continued on to OGG.

In the summer of 1987, my parents found a cheaper fare on Northwest, and we flew HNL-LAX-MSP on an NW DC10, then took a Northwest 727 down to DFW. I don't remember much about the trip (I was only six years old) but I do recall that our LAX stopover was at 2 o'clock in the morning and that we docked at Terminal 2, which was all torn up and under construction. Northwest had ads in its inflight magazine (which I still own) for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
 
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RE: Your Best Aviation Memories Of The '80's

Mon Oct 27, 2003 7:50 am

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