I had my first international flight in 1996. It was on a NW
DC-10-40 from DTW
. What a great experience. Great aircraft, and great flight attendants. We were going to Lorient, France for a student exchange, and the flight attendants kept testing us on our fluency. The entire time I was on the plane, I listened to the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 C-min, and the Rachmaninoff "Rhapsody on a them of Paganini." Still to this day, when I listen to those pieces, I think of that big, red, number 2 engine on the DC-10 making it's way across the Atlantic. Oh, did I ever love it.
Now, having said that, I had previously been on a DC-10-30 from DFW
which was pretty long, but not really international, though it felt like it.
"Bangkok Tower, United 890 Heavy. Bangkok Tower, United 890 Heavy.....Okay, fine, we'll just turn 190 and Visual Our Way