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Ever Said You'd Never Fly?

Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:26 am

Might sound strange on an aviation forum, but right up until about 1993 I said I'd never fly and I'd never go to the USA. Two years later I was on a VS B742 bound for JFK and an American summer camp.

Now, obviously, I'm a member of - and post daily. I'm not a fan of flying for hours on end, changing planes over and over, just to do an "unusual" route or airline/aircraft, but I'm certainly interested in aviation now.

76 flights later, with 12 more planned this year (so far), I guess you could say I'm not so against flying any more!

Anybody else have a miraculous change of heart?

Geoff M.
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RE: Ever Said You'd Never Fly?

Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:13 am

Never said I'd do an ATR-72 after Roselawn.. did it 3 times now. MSN-STL, MIA-EYW, EYW-MIA.
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RE: Ever Said You'd Never Fly?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:56 pm

Once, during december over the pacific on UA 747 to LAX from Narita. The 747 was shaking like a cessna during runup. Theres nothing like feeling weightless while eating your dinner going about mach.85 and knowing that what separates you from death is a foot of metal and plastic. Now I'm flight training go figure.
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RE: Ever Said You'd Never Fly?

Thu Mar 03, 2005 6:43 am

I had a horrible experience with FL. It was very bad. The que for check-in was over 2 1/2 hours and the DC-9 look like they just popped out of the Gulf War!!! The seat I was assigned was double booked and I ghad to sit in the last row. The seat the was suposed to be mine had no seat bottom. I ended up in the middle seat with my one sister next to me and the other sister up in row 12. What a trip. Needless to say, with the new 717s and 73Gs I tried them again and found it to be ok.
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RE: Ever Said You'd Never Fly?

Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:07 pm


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RE: Ever Said You'd Never Fly?

Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:10 pm

I once said I'd never fly a particular airline again, but guess who's scheduled to fly on that horrible airline SEA-SLC in two weeks, because it's $20 cheaper than the competition, I offered to pay the fare difference, but too late it was paid, after this time, I'll never fly that airline again (hopefully).
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RE: Ever Said You'd Never Fly?

Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:28 pm

Yep. I'll never fly Trans States out of STL.
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RE: Ever Said You'd Never Fly?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:26 am

When I was a child, I suffered a terrible experience in a BEA Comet circa June 1963 flying from LHR to Rome. The cockpit window apparently cracked and the plane depressurised and went into a deep dive. All I can remember is passing out and waking up at a hospital in Rome with nuns by my bed! I suffered an ear infection and for medical reasons I could not fly back so my father drove from England and collected me, driving back through Europe and taking the air ferry from Le Touguet (spelling?) to Lydd. The Silver CIty planes were not presurrised and flew at relatively low heights across the Channel.

I could fly again a few months later and my next flight was on an Air France Caravelle from Heathrow to Nice. At the time it seemed superior in all respects to the Comet. Returning from Nice we were waiting at Nice Airport and there was a number of Air France Caravelles on the apron and a BEA Comet. I thought we were flying in a Caravelle but my sister told me we were going in the Comet. I created a scene and yelled at my parents that I'd rather stay behind than set foot in the Comet. I threatened to run away and would not move from my chair. Somehow my father got me on the plane and the cabin crew were very reassuring when they saw how scared I was. Even the captain came to talk to me. It was a fabulous flight and this is when my interest in planes really started. Ok it was over 30 years ago and the child in me has not grown up yet!
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RE: Ever Said You'd Never Fly?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:14 am

For me, I had never been afraid of flying until...

When in the Air Force we had a military plane crash near our base, no survivors. 68 people. I was in the first group that found the crash site, then we worked for three days cleaning up the site.

I absolutely knew after that weekend that I would NEVER again get on any airplane. I'm not even going to try to describe what my mind was like in the aftermath of that experience.

As the months passed, I decided that I needed to take a short flying trip just to see if I could do it. I had no problem, and have never been afraid of flying since that time.

But I could NEVER be a part of an accident investigation team, searching through wreckage immediately after an accident. I KNOW what that's like now...never again!

I have a huge admiration for those vitally important people who do that whenever called upon.
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RE: Ever Said You'd Never Fly?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:54 pm

Quoting Geoffm (reply 0):
Anybody else have a miraculous change of heart?

Geoff, I can certainly empathise with your feelings. Before I started my current job in 2002, I was into trains in a big way and worked for a rail company and had flown probably no more than 6 times in my entire life. New job means more business travel and more flying although I was not altogether keen on that part of it.

My main issue with flying was always not knowing what was going on: was that noise good or bad, how does this work etc. unlike what I knew about rail travel. I got interested in aviation mainly as a method of trying to conquer my fears. I wouldn't say it was a complete success and I'm no expert, but I'm not gripping the armrest every time the engine speed changes!

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RE: Ever Said You'd Never Fly?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:39 pm

Thanks for the responses - interesting reading other peoples' perspectives.

Eurohub, I'm not 100% happy flying. Every now and again I'll think about what seperates me from 36,000 feet of air. Take-offs are probably the worst part of the flight for me, though I definitely feel a slight relief upon landing. I'm not scared, just aware of "things"!

Geoff M.

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