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Your Most Memorable Moments Of Aviation

Mon Jan 24, 2005 1:39 am

The topic says it all, what were your most favorite moments in your aviation lives/careers. Mine were the following:

Several rare aircraft during my years living in Curaçao, such as the BAe-146 of SAM of Colombia. The Antonov AN124 was also a nice surprise, as well as the Aeropostal A310-300. In the '80's I always enjoyed seeing the Flying Tigers 747 arriving for a fuel stop in Curaçao. I also remember the times when airlines had to divert from Caracas to Curaçao because of bad weather. Airlines/aircraft I've seen in Curaçao were: AF (742), VA (D13), LH (742), IB (D13), AZ (742), VE (72S), all departing at the same time. Impressive for such a small island. The fuel stops of VASP's A-300 and Florida West's 707F were also a very welcome guest to me. One time the Florida West 707F was loaded with horses and there heads were sticking out the open cargo door. I also remember the 'charter' day when there were several aircraft arriving on the same day for cruise ships. On that particular day we had Eastern Airlines (L10 (3), AB3 and Pan Am (AB3/72S) all arriving in the afternoon after each other. Does anyone who lived in Curaçao remember this day? I was walking at the spectator's terrace with BIG eyes  Big thumbs up


Flying Pan Am in 1989, one of the great airlines of the past. I flew: MIA-MCO-MIA (72S), MIA-LAX-SFO (AB3), SFO-JFK (742). On our way from MCO to MIA we flew parallel with a Pan Am A310-300, very nice sight. In LAX I saw my first 744, one of Qantas and one of China Airlines, both brand-new at the time. I also saw my first 747SP in LAX, parked next to the Qantas 744. This 747SP was operated by Qantas as well Big grin

SFO spotting:

While in SFO I enjoyed aircraft spotting and seeing airlines and airliners which were all new to me. Examples being: PSA (M82/BAe146), Eastern Airlines, Western (72S), Pan Am, almost every asian airline which I saw for the first time ever in SFO. The BAe-146 of PSA was the first of the type I saw. Back then I could go through all terminals which really surprised me though. I felt very lucky to photograph Air China's and British Airways' 'new' 747-400. First time I saw the 747-400 as well Big grin

JFK spotting:

While in JFK I also enjoyed spotting there. At this airport I saw the Concorde for the first time (AF/BA) as well as the 747 operated by America West for a very short period. JFK to me is international airlines' heaven after LHR, you can see almost every airline of the world flying to JFK, especially european airlines Big grin

MIA spotting:

In Miami I also enjoyed several occasions of aircraft spotting, including from the airport hotel. My most memorable moment was in 1991, when I say Aeroflot's IL62 arrive and the Aerolineas Argentinas 742. This was when our
plane had to divert to Miami because of a oil leak. I was one of the few passenger who really didn't mind this. Miami is latin america's airline heaven Big grin

LHR Spotting:

In 2002 my dream came true when I went spotting in LHR, THE airport to go to and see all airlines of the world Big grin

AMS Spotting:

As I live here, I've had very nice moments here as well, such as a KLM 744 which just came out of the hangar to perform test flights. This aircraft had a bare metal (silver) belly combined with KLM's new livery, which is very unique to see. I haven't seen any photos of this particular 'temporary' livery on the net yet (besides my own photo on planepictures.net). Photo can be seen at link below:


TAP Air Portugal:

Flying TAP Air Portugal's new A340-300 LIS-CUR. At the time this aircraft was brand new and I didn't even know we already took off until I looked out the window. Very smooth flight indeed  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Now let's here your amazing/unforgettable moments Big grin

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RE: Your Most Memorable Moments Of Aviation

Mon Jan 24, 2005 1:55 am

Great topic! The one that sticks out in my mind is the time I first flew by myself when I was 10. It was late November of 1989. DEN-SEA on a UA DC-10. This was back when they treated minors flying alone like royalty. I got so much stuff I can't even remember it all. They had me sitting across from an FA seat and she talked with me as much as she could when she was seated. The really cool thing was that the captain of the flight was none other than Al Haynes - on I believe his first week back after UA 232. After the flight I was taken up to the cockpit where I got to meet him and talk with him for a few minutes. He was incredibly nice. He let me sit in his seat (I remember being scared I was going to somehow start the engines and crash the plane into the terminal. He assured me there was no way I could do this). He also signed an inflight magazine for me (which it would seem my wife threw away a few months ago when she was cleaning out some of my stuff, I have searched up and down and cannot find it  Sad ....). Anyway, it was a very cool flying experience and really neat to get to meet and sit in the seat of the hero of UA 232. I wish kids these days could have the same experiences we had flying alone 15 years ago.
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RE: Your Most Memorable Moments Of Aviation

Mon Jan 24, 2005 2:24 am

I saw a fireworks show from the sky on July 4th about 5 years ago.

Also, my first 747 flight, LAX-SYD was awesome!

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RE: Your Most Memorable Moments Of Aviation

Mon Jan 24, 2005 7:03 am

Around 1998, reading an article about the A3XX in Popular Mechanics, never thought it would happen either.
Maybe, 1996 or 7, flying WN CLE-MDW-SDF.
2001, 9AM, 9-11-01, speaks for itself.
2002, flying AA CLE-DFW and TWA on behalf of AA DFW-LAS and returning LAS-CLT-CLE on US.
2003, October,24 and November 26th, Concorde would be no-more., An-225 visits CLE.
2004, 7e7 launch.
2005. ???

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