aa61hvy
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Best Era Of Flying

Fri Jul 13, 2001 4:31 am

To me, the planes 10 years ago are alot better then, as opposed to now. For example here at DFW we used to have 747 SP's, MD-11's, Dc-10's, L1011's and 747-200's.. Once in a while the concorde. Now its 777 767 occassionly MD-11, it gets kind of boring. Dont get me wrong I love the 777 and stuff, but I don't think that there has been a better Era of flying/spotting. Anyone agree? Disagree?
thanks!!
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Braniff727
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RE: Best Era Of Flying

Fri Jul 13, 2001 5:07 am

I think pre-deregulation was the best era. You had airlines with real service. The days of Braniff International, Pan Am, Eastern... When first class lived up to its name, and coach was just a step behind. Seats were big, planes weren't as full, food was good and there service was impecable.

I wish I could have flown back then.
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Superfly
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RE: Best Era Of Flying

Fri Jul 13, 2001 5:30 am

I agree with Braniff727.
I'd say the 1970s' were the greatest times.
707s, DC-8, VC-10, TU-144, Concord, SUD etc;
Wider seat pitch, on board lounge and sometimes live bands.  Big thumbs up
Bring back the Concorde
 
L-188
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RE: Best Era Of Flying

Fri Jul 13, 2001 9:41 pm

Best era was the bush pilot era up here, Say 1925 to the start of World War II

Stinsons
Ford Trimotors
Bach Airfreighters
Fokker Universals, Trimoters
Lockheed Vega and Orions
Fairchild Pilgrims, model 50 and 70's
Curtiss Robins
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
 
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RE: Best Era Of Flying

Fri Jul 13, 2001 9:58 pm

I agree with you AA61hvy, especially at DFW it is so boring my home airport as well. All mainly see are AA/DL MD-80's,727's,757's,Dl 737's everything else when you see it is a treat! AA do you ever go to founders square?
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duke
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RE: Best Era Of Flying

Fri Jul 13, 2001 10:08 pm

1993-1998 was a great time to be spotting at YYZ.
Then everything started getting booooooring. Almost no more MD-11s, or classic things like the DC-8. Once
we had Lufthansa A340s, now it's the 747-400
(a great plane, but less interesting to spot). So
many 2-holers...
 
ptica2000
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RE: Best Era Of Flying

Fri Jul 13, 2001 10:18 pm

it is thue that I am young but I think that we live un the best ages. We can see 7 sorts of Boeings, 5 sorts of Airbuses, then there are BAes Embraers, CRJs ... I think that never in the history so many planes were availible. And what is also very important, it is so many of them. Noumber of aircrafts flying has never before been so high.
 
HyperMike
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RE: Best Era Of Flying

Fri Jul 13, 2001 10:27 pm

I live near PIT, and I get excited to see the NW Airlink Avro ARJ coming in here. All we see are 737s, 757s, F100s, MD-80s, and baby busses.
 
blink182
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RE: Best Era Of Flying

Fri Jul 13, 2001 11:39 pm

I would say up untill 1990. First class lived up to it's name and flying was a privelige for the wealthy. Stewardesses were dressed up like no one else(this being a good thing) they didn't have an attitude, they smiled. Flying was luxurious then. Also, 1969-1990 you had classic 747s,L1011,DC10,MD-11. Pan Am,Eastern,Braniff,TWA were flying.
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LBA
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RE: Best Era Of Flying

Fri Jul 13, 2001 11:46 pm

I'm too young to have experienced it but during the 1950s and early 60s must have been fantastic. Flying was such a rare and expensive luxury that passengers were treated extremely well and there was no such thing as a cramped cabin. To have flown on a Super Connie from North America to Europe, or a Bristol Britannia charter from the UK to your first holiday abroad and seen the four huge propellors spinning away must have been fantastic. Did anyone ever experience such flights, I'd enjoy reading about it.
 
blink182
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RE: Best Era Of Flying

Sat Jul 14, 2001 12:35 am

LBA, I didn't come around untill the mid-late 80's(check my profile) but I can imagine it was great, but loud too.
rgds,
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