Two different times within one year NW
substituted a 747 in place of the DC-10 equipment indicated for flights on which I was a passenger. On the first occasion, MSP
, it was NW
's first "jumbo", 747-151 N601US, just months before this milestone aircraft in NW
's fleet history was retired -- given the rate at which NW
had been retiring their 747-100s I was actually surprised to find out that at least one of the type was still in service. Later in the same year (1999) 747-251B N632US was substituted, again for a DC-10, on my PHX
Another "glad it happened before it was too late" aircraft substitution happened for me on 1 Oct 01 with United on the MSP
leg of a MSP
flight. Instead of the 733 indicated, 727-222 N7296U operated the flight -- exactly one month before all 3-holers forever disappeared from UA
service. Until my flight on N7296U, my one and only flight on a UA
727 had been more than 31 years earlier aboard a UA
727-100 in August 1970, which had also been my first airline flight ever.
On each of these occasions I had no knowledge of the equipment switch until at the gate waiting to board.