I have flown both the BAC-111 and the 732 numerous times. I was a kid (just 5) when I flew in the BAC-111 for the first time in Central America, from Mexico City to Managua via Guatemala, San Salvador and Tegucigalpa (TACA of course), in the mid 60s when they believed in one airplane going one way on the milk run and then coming back the same way.
My first 732 was also in Central America, flying another milk run (this time on Sasha) from Managua via TGU, SAL, BZE to MSY
. What a ride, each segment in Central America was less than 30 minutes (SAL to BZE was only 20 min).
I never flew in the BAC 111 again until 1990, on BA
between London and Barcelona. Cramped, noisy and it shook like a bucket of bolts, but it hung together well and was a fun ride.
My last 732 was on United, in 1998 from SFO
. I was seated in F class, row 1, there was just a half bulkhead between our seats and the door. It was awfully cold sitting there, because the wind was blowing through the side of the jetway while we were boarding.
David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998