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What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 5:16 am

I was mowing my rather large lawn the other night when a BA 777 operating BA049 flew low over my house. I stopped the lawnmower and just looked (it was a rare sunny day in Seattle). I thought to myself, what got me interested in aviation? I guess it was the pure size of the large commercial aircraft, and seeing something that big in the air (I was about 7) What got you interested in aviation?
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 5:18 am

My friend John, and airliners.net.(mostly airliners.net!!!)
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 5:29 am

Well I guess it was my mom working for Swissair. I often went to the airport and did a good bit of travelling when I was very young!

Jeremiah Teahan



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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 5:38 am

I flew on a Braathens 737 (400 or 500) from Bergen (BGO) to Oslo (FBU).
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 7:19 am

Traveling when I was young and model planes, I guess.

Aaron G.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 7:33 am

it was seeing how big they were really facsinated me and that they could fly ( i was a baby when i fell in love with aviation) i think i was about 2 or something like that, my love for commercial aviation keeps growing.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 7:39 am

The first time I went to an airport. Seeing the size of the planes. Also, my first flight. The power of the plane scared me to death! (I was 4)

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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 8:53 am

The avro Lancaster one of the only 2 flying in the world has its base at YHM I take my hat off my head as a sign of respect for it because it is so beautiful and because its the only one you can see with out leaving north america and its a very big treasure to the City Of Hamilton.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 9:11 am

About 30 years ago I took a trial lesson in a Cessna 150. The rest is history.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 9:22 am

My father's work took him overseas to live and we went with him. We were living in Bogota, Colombia when I was four when my grandparents came to visit. They flew down on a Braniff 707-120. When I heard those turbojets push that majestic, sleek, metallic bird up to the gate I was in awe....have been ever since. I can't get enough of planes, particularly airliners
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 9:40 am

Hello all,

First, great topic!

My days w/ aviation began when I was two years old. My first flight was on a Delta 727-200 from ATL-LGA. I was flying w/ my mom to see my grandparents.
I still have the picture of me siting next to the window. To this day, I always take the window!

As the years went by, my father who worked for National in the late 60's would being home model airplanes. I was still young, around seven or eight, so my father would put the models together for me. Pan Am 727, A300, Easterns L1011, Delta 727, and countless others. He hung them w/ string from my
celling. By the age of ten, I started puting them together myself. I started collecting the medal models, mostly Delta. My mom and dad would always bring me medal models home from trips. Once my mother went to JFK and arrived home w/ a set of BA a/c. Included was the Concorde, 747-200, and the 757!

My father in the mean time would take me to the airport almost every weekend. He would bring his movie camera and we would shot film of takeoffs and landings. Growing up in ATL I had the luck of seeing the glory days of Eastern, Air Atlanta, and Valujet to name a few.

By the age of sixteen, I was taking pictures w/ a 35mm camera. I never understood why the pictures never came out the way I saw in magizines. Four years later, I would discover the power of the telephoto lense and a SLR.Now I am starting to shoot slides.

Pay day came last July when I was hired by my first airline. I was in seventh heaven. Having an airport ID in ATL gave me control of a dream, to be next to the big jets I once saw take off over my house. (I live on the fight path to 26R in ATL.) Being able to go into the cockpit everyday and "gossip" w/ the f/a and pilots was truly the "cat's meow".

I collect everything aviation, I have all the top scanners, maps, and a fine SLR to capture the endless stream of jets in ATL. Almost everything in my life is aviation.

Hence the name, planefreak  

 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 10:16 am

I was born with it. My first airline memory is a flight with my mother from Birm. Ala. to Charlotte, N.C. when I was about 3. I think it may have been a Southern or Piedmont flight, not totally sure. I do however remember my mother carrying me across the tarmac to board the plane, and seeing a DC-9 as we walked past it. This is crazy, but I remember thinking that the "fan spinners" (which are fixed in JT8D's) inside the intakes were lightbulbs!!! Pretty weird, huh?
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 10:44 am

My Dad has hadh is license since before I was born. As long as I can remember, I would say. "What's that"? And he would say, "That's a (whatever)". But now, I get to the HIM what kind of plane we're looking at.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 11:49 am

Flying overseas with my parents when I was 10 years old on my way to Germany in a 4 prop airliner.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 12:17 pm

When i was very very young, i would visit my grandparents for a weekend or so or during the summer vacation. They lived not far from MDW. Since i lived with my parents in central Illinois, we didnt get to see that many planes. It was so neat to see and hear them landing and taking off at MDW. My grandparents wouild take us to the airport to see them upclose. I was about 6 or 7 at the time. Over the years as the jets came out i was sorry to see MDW close. As luck would have it I had some cousins move very near to what was to become ORD. I would see them and see the jets. I will always remember the Boeing 707.It was the jet i went off to college on and the jet i first went to Europe on in 1969. All in all it was exposure to the planes at a vey young age and the speed at which they travel. It got my curiosity going strong, something that I still have today.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 12:31 pm

What got me interrested in aviation were those hot-pants the PSA stewardesses wore back in the '60's...
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 12:57 pm

Hi,

I became interested in aviation when I was about 5 years old. My grandfather had an appartment with a great view over STR airport.
He explained everything to me like what kind of aircraft or what airline it is and that's how I got into it.
I remember that I always wanted to go see my grandfather and watch planes taking-off and landing from his kitchen.


Rgds, B737-700
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 1:00 pm

I'll never forget it. I was three years old. My grandfather used to drive me past the airport(msy), and the first thing I noticed was a big blue circle on the tail of a plane that had three engines on the tail. Of course, I saw a Pan Am 727. From then on, I was hooked. And that's how Pan Am became my lifelong interest, and commercial avaition as well. I will never, ever, forget that.

Stephen
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 1:58 pm

Living under the flight path of JFK airport was the main reason I became interested in aviation. Seeing those big jets everday was really awe inspiring. At the time my friends father worked for Eastern, he would take us to the hangar all the time.
727, L1011, MD80, A300, 777-200, 737-300, 737-700, 747-400, 757-200, 737-800, A320. E190, E135, 767-200, CRJ9
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 2:24 pm

I remember one day (sunday) my uncle said to my family to go at someplace to have fun.
we travel 20 minute and we don't found nothing and I said
"lets go to the airport,there's a little park"
But in that time I won't feel any interest in aviation.
We go to the airport and at this time I feel something incredible about aviation...
I wanna be a pilot now.
If I wouldn't choose go to the aiport maybe I won't want to be a pilot
"For Us, Sky is not the limit.. Its Ground" / L-1011Alpha.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 5:30 pm

The size, the power, the engineering standards, the reward of a smooth days flying on a sunny afternoon.

I find it really difficult to explain how Aviation draws me in on the whole, many more things to it than listed above.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 8:05 pm

I got into military aviation and still follow that more closely than civil. I got into the jets because of "Top Gun". All over that movie, every aspect except Tom Cruise. It was so cool during the opening scene aboard the carrier...
Then my parents started taking me on vacations around the country and it was awesome to be flying just like Jester. Airplanes brought me to nice places with my family.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 03, 2000 11:37 pm

I always loved jets, but i never wanted to be a pilot till i flew on this ATA 727 from MDW-MCO

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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jun 04, 2000 5:09 am

My mom went down with TWA 800. :-(

Nah... just kidding 


My dad is a pilot. My dad would let me sit in the cockpit of his plane when we went flying. Gosh... you know, I think I was like 4 years young. I remember he would let me hold the yoke when we were in cruise. It was fun! Now... I am interested in the HUGE jetliners. I don't know why I like them more that Air Force jets. Everyone I talk to prefers Fighter Jets over Jetliners... ol well!! hehe


P.S. I was just kidding 'bout my mom. My mom is cool!
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jun 04, 2000 5:22 am

Since I was 10 months old I have been on Aircraft.
the first time was on a Hs748 with Dan air to jersey.
then when I was 1 and a half I went on a Britannia 757 to Tenerife.


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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jun 04, 2000 12:17 pm

My dad's also a pilot, and his idea of father-son bonding was not to go in the yard and throw a baseball around, but to go to the airport, and hang on the fence and just watch- its been an addiction for my whole life...
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jun 04, 2000 1:17 pm

I would have to say my first flight on Air Canada. Ihad no idea as to what was on the go until we got on the plane then it left the ground!! I was totally amazed!! I sat by the window for the flight and I was hooked ever since. Also I would have to say when i look up in the sky I see the jets flying over head and the contrails following them . When i was a kid I thougth that this was the way clouds were made!! nuts hey!!

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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jun 04, 2000 1:20 pm

It must have been January 1, 1999, when a plane went through our engine on takeoff. Very scary... mainly because I was in a window seat right behind the wing!  
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sun Jun 04, 2000 9:40 pm

Well... mainly beacuse my dad working for Scandinavian Airlines, and that I've been travelling a LOT in my life.

Regards,

Geir (Oslo, Norway)
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Tue Jun 06, 2000 11:30 am

When I was a kid growing up Sunday afternoon car rides always ended up at the then Malton Airport. Dad was fascinated with aircraft. He had a couple of brothers serve in the RCAF during WW2. One was shot down in a Halifax bomber and he spent three years as a guest of Nazi Germany.

My mother still complains to this day that her honeymoon was spent driving from one USAF Air Base to another.

 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Tue Jun 06, 2000 12:54 pm

Um, Adam, how can a plane go through an engine? Were you on a 747 and a little Cessna go caught or something?  Or maybe it is clear why your username is "We're Nuts"!

Aaron G.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Wed Jun 07, 2000 11:40 am

my friend pete used to talk only about planes. after a while he talked me into having a trial flight at a flying school... and the rest is history  
my interest is kept up not only with my own flying, but regular trips to SYD just to "check out the planes".
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Wed Jun 07, 2000 12:18 pm

Aviation has just been a lifelong interest of mine. I just cannot pinpoint what stirred up my enthusiasm for it. All the same, from a very young age I loved to see aircraft, read all sorts of books about them and my parents and relatives bought me lots of toy planes. I also developed a habit of running outside whenever a plane was passing by to see what it was - in that way I saw lots of DC9s, 727s, 747s, 707s and TriStars passing by and learned to identify the types by their engine sound footprints. I even saw TU-154s and other types pass by on their way to, and occasionally from, POS. That is a habit which persists to this day - old habits die hard indeed!

By 5 I was able to identify most types flying into POS and looked forward to travelling, especially to see what type of plane I would fly in. My lifelong wish has been to become a pilot. While the industry was in turmoil at the time I had to choose my career and I drifted elsewhere my passion for flight has never died. I will certainly learn to fly at some point. In the meantime, airliners.net has been an inspiration to keep the flying dreams alive.

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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Wed Jun 07, 2000 8:46 pm

I first flow with my school on a ATP LPL - IOM in 1993, it never really intrested me until 2 years later I had my first flight with my family. we flew VS011 LGW-BOS on the 747s, it was those flights that promted me to read books on aviation, visit airports etc. When I got the Internet my hobby really accelerated, mainly thanks to PPRUNE.org and of course AIRLINERS.net

I have now flown many times and I love it.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Wed Jun 07, 2000 9:22 pm

When I was about 5 my parents bought me a huge (then!) model of a Pan Am 727 with light-flashing engines. Around the same time I saw model pictures of this plane next to the soon to be launched 747.

That impressed me so much that more than 30 years later I´m still a Jumbo-Jet-fan.

 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Wed Jun 07, 2000 10:19 pm

I don't know... I guess I was born with a passion for aviation. A lot of aircraft are passing over my place (both military and civil) and I remember that I always looked up or ran to the window whenever I heared an aircraft. BTW I'm always very annoyed when I hear an aircraft whithout being able to see it.
When I was 12 years or so, I started buying my first aviation magazines which got me really interested in civil aviation.
In high school, I studied electronics sciences and thereafter I started a course to obtain an engineering degree in electronics at the local University. At that time, I was feeling pretty bored about electronics already and I subsequentely failed my first year. Then I heared about a course to become an aerospace engineer at a University 250 km from my place. It did not took me long to decide and now I'm just one year awy from graduating.
I live about 20 km north of Liege Airport (a regional airport in Belgium) and since March 1998, this airport is the main base of TNT Global Express. TNT operates a fleet of Lockheed Electra's, BAe 146, B727 and A300 aircraft. The aircraft turn to final approach for RWY 23L right above my house so now I get my portion of aircraft noise (music) every night.
In the summer of 1998 I applied for a student job at TNT and I've worked there for one month from 10p.m. until 06 a.m. and enjoyed every minute of it. This was the best summer job I've ever had. I was there that I performed my first real maintenance job on an aircraft (checked by a licenced mechanic obviously).
My most recent aviation hobby is the start of a Herpa model aircraft collection.


 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Wed Jun 07, 2000 10:41 pm

What make me went into aviation freak was when I was only four, I was on first ride on Western Airlines 737-247 N4517W between FSD-PIR (I still have the photo which date September 10, 1973), thus it leads me into jetliners world.
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Wed Jun 07, 2000 10:42 pm

As a 12 year old on my way to Austria with a school ski trip. First flight ever, sat in a Britannia 737 at the end of the runway at Gatwick. From the moment the pilot opened the throttle and I sank back into my seat, partially terrified, partially in awe at the speed and noise of the plane as we accelerated up and away. Then looking back past me, 'down' the plane as we climbed. Wow.

That 5 minutes back in 1985 drew me into flying and planes as a leisure pursuit. Can't honestly say I've ever looked back.  

~NJTurnpike

 
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Virgin

Thu Jun 08, 2000 4:56 am

i owe my love for aviation to virgin atlantic. since before i can remember i have flown with them from lgw to mia. the first flight i can remember was on my birth day and we were flying to london on a virgin 747(spirit of sir freddie). during the flight the captain made many announcements about it being my birth day and at midnight he came on the pa and wished me a happy birth day for the last time. when we landed he let me visit the cockpit and i sat in the captains chair as he explained to me many of the buttons. ever since then i have been in love, thank you virgin  
 
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RE: What Got You Interested In Aviation?

Sat Jun 10, 2000 5:40 am

Ever since I was an infant living in Houston until I moved to NC. I would fly from IAH to DFW at least every 2 months on Delta,American, or Continental.And I guess it just facinated me, the jets, the airline, everything about commercian aviation.

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