CruzinAltitude
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Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Wed Oct 12, 2005 1:41 am

This Thread . . .Wow. Don't Think I Would Fly On This , made me think about the couple of times I have walked into the gate area, walked straight to the window to check out the aircraft (as I always do before I sit down), and thought, "D@mn, that thing looks like crap! I hope the maintenance is better than the paint!"

I know eveyone on here has had this happen at least once in their travels. Lets get some pics on here of aircraft that would make you think the same thing.

Here are some examples of what I'm thinking of. . .


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If anyone has stories or other great pictures please post them.
 
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Wed Oct 12, 2005 4:57 am

Not sure if this is what you were looking for, but here goes anyway.

I don't have the reg, so I can't post a pic, but I shall never forget arriving at the gate at LHR back in 1989 or so and seeing the Air India B742 that would be flying me, my mother and my cousin to JFK on the transatlantic leg of a trip to visit family in North Carolina. The thing was a mess - paint peeling all over the place, and what looked like numerous patches on the wings. It didn't help that it was parked next to an immaculate Qantas 747 that looked like it was making its first ever flight that day. This also happened to be the first time that the cousin I was travelling with had ever flown, so I was keen to keep her away from the window so that she didn't see what she was getting herself into!

Had I been travelling alone, I may well have considered turning round and going home, but I didn't, and we boarded the plane only to find that the inside wasn't too confidence-inspiring either! Granted, our flight was a continuation of a flight from India (Delhi I think), but it looked like it hadn't been cleaned for a week. Anyway, we made it into the air (with my cousin close to tears and shaking like a leaf and my mum wondering how I had managed to persuade her to fly AI..."It was cheap" I kept saying!) and they started the IFE. However, we then found that the audio channels on our bank of seats weren't working, so no sound for us. Later on came a trip to the 'little boys room' - well, I like to paddle, but in the sea, not in other people's bodily fluids, although some may argue that it's the same thing!! I was so glad when we "touched the ground at JFK" (and it wasn't even a "cold and wet December day")!!

I don't mean to bash AI in any way, I've read some good things about them lately (and I did experience them in 1989), but this was the only time in all the years I've flown that I've seriously considered not boarding an aircraft because of how it looked.

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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:05 pm

Personal thoughts about the US 733 picture above.....


At DFW, almost all the flights to and from CLT are on the 733's, and I don't think I've ever seen one without paint chipping off.

With the awesome looking E170's from PIT and PHL to contrast them with, the 733's often look pitiful.

However, the paint is really no indication of how safe the plane is.
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:55 pm

The A380...

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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:21 pm

Quoting Xjramper (Reply 3):
The A380...

Care to give a reason?
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Wed Oct 12, 2005 11:18 pm

Quoting Catatonic (Reply 4):
Care to give a reason?



Quoting Xjramper (Reply 3):
Xjramper From United States,

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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Thu Oct 13, 2005 2:53 am

Any 737-200! Thank God there aren't anymore 727s around  Wow!
 
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:49 pm

Any NW DC-10. Been there, done that, found better a/c to fly on. I happen to think on an 8 hour flight, IFE means something. Not just one big screen that you can barely see. The last time I flew NW, the audio kept cutting in and out. The F/O came back and tried to figure something out. Didn't work. Never again, modern a/c or nothing.
 
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:54 pm

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 1):
with my cousin close to tears and shaking like a leaf and my mum wondering how I had managed to persuade her to fly AI..."It was cheap" I kept saying!

Lol! Was the flight back to LHR on AI too?
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Fri Oct 14, 2005 1:13 am

Quoting FlyBoy84 (Reply 6):
Any 737-200! Thank God there aren't anymore 727s around

I love the 727.but I may say that I was a little nervous four years ago flying from MEX to LAS on a Mexicana 727-200.

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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Fri Oct 14, 2005 2:06 am

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 1):
Not sure if this is what you were looking for, but here goes anyway.

That was exactly what I was looking for. Chances are nothing was wrong with the aircrafts ability to fly, but when an aircraft looks like crap it makes you wonder!
 
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Fri Oct 14, 2005 2:41 pm

There really isn't a passenger aircraft that i would not fly on, unless it was obviously run by a cheap and cost-cutting carrier who puts profits over safety. Thankfully there aren't too many airlines like that.

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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Fri Oct 14, 2005 4:02 pm

I'll pretty well fly on anything that has wings unless it looks like this...

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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Fri Oct 14, 2005 5:46 pm

any flight that involves an airbus anything.  laughing 
 
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:51 pm

Every thing but to name just one The MD-11 a hard first.

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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Mon Oct 17, 2005 11:00 am

Comet I-metal fatigue and design did it in

Any aircraft flown by small airlines based in CIS, Asia or Africa

A380-with any new aircraft, the learning curve will be steep the first few years. Better to wait and let others experiance or pay for the learning experiances.
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:59 am

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Santa Barbara Airlines DC-10-30!!!!

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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Wed Oct 19, 2005 4:22 am

Quoting Bcngro (Reply 8):
Quoting BAViscount (Reply 1):
with my cousin close to tears and shaking like a leaf and my mum wondering how I had managed to persuade her to fly AI..."It was cheap" I kept saying!

Lol! Was the flight back to LHR on AI too?

Indeed it was, but luckily it was a night flight and dark outside when we got to the gate at JFK, so we couldn't see what kind of state the aircraft was in! But, of course, it did get us home safely otherwise I wouldn't be sitting here typing this!
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Tue Oct 25, 2005 6:50 pm

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 2):
However, the paint is really no indication of how safe the plane is.

...ok, but that US 733 it's really shameful crazy  crazy  crazy ... never seen nothing similar eyepopping  eyepopping  eyepopping ... with the exception of some aircraft cemeteries... tombstone 
 
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:28 pm

Here's a couple that don't look too good from the outside...


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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Wed Oct 26, 2005 9:47 am

Oh come on what kind of a question is this!


But, have to say I dislike Aerofflelololololololololololololololololcopterzot.


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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:02 am

Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 19):
Here's a couple that don't look too good from the outside...

Those are PERFECT examples of what I'm talking about. If I was a passenger walking across the tarmac and realized that one of those was the aircraft I was going to get in, I would be very, VERY uncomfortable.
 
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RE: Airliners You Wouldn't Want To Fly In?

Thu Oct 27, 2005 6:29 am

Well, for me its a Northwest DC-10. Get rid of them all ready!!

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