November 1987 will be well remembered. That was the time and only time I flew on-board an SP. I was only 10 years old then but nevertheless I could still remember the flight.
I was on my way to LAX from KUL with my family on a holiday. I flew with a China Airlines 767-209B (another rare plane with CAL) for the KUL-HKG-TPE route and switch to a China Airlines 747SP-09 for the non-stop flight to LAX. When I first saw the SP I actually said to my dad that this 747 looks funny. When I got onboard my dad looked at the flight safety card and saw the word 747SP !
On the climbout I remember watching the evening sun setting on the right side of the aircraft (I was on the right window seat close to the leading edge of the wing), what a sight to remember especially flying on a rare bird. I walked around the aircraft after meal and was fascinated with its short cabin. I have walked around the cabin of the 747-100/200 two years prior to the 747SP flight and I certainly could tell the differences. I always looked out the windows to see the mighty JT9D-7 engines and its huge wing. I would pressed my ear onto the window and hear the different noise you'll get as opposed the cabin noise (still do this on every flight).
The flight was very smooth and I really liked it very much. When I arrived in LAX, at the gate, I looked back at the SP and I couldn't take my eyes off her. The SP that brought me into LA was a unique bird when compared to the other 747s that was
lurking in the background.
Throughout the years I've flown many times across the Pacific on 747s but non of the experiance stood out like the one time flight on the 747SP. I wish I could have remembered the flight alot more but looking back now I'm really glad that I've flown on a very unique and rare bird. Share your experiance.