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Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 11:07 am

Just for fun...

I was reminiscing with a buddy of mine about our trip to Hawai'i in April of 2000. We had an aircraft substitution at LAX, flying this beauty:


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This old gallant aircraft ended up being my last flight on a DC-10.

I would love to hear your stories about your last flight on aircraft types that have been retired. I'll add some of my own:

Boeing 727: I was returning from Mexico and a home-study program in Morelia, Michoacán, and had to leave a day early. The Saturday flight MLM-LAX was a non-stop, and was on XA-MEL:


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As it was a surprise, and I knew they were on their way out of fleets, I took in every detail I could. Great flight, great food, great views.

Lockheed L1011: Only got to fly this airplane once - LAX-STL in August, 1996. I could not get the registration number on this aircraft, but the poor plane had seen better days. Tattered and worn, it still ended up being one of the smoothest flights I have ever been on - and TWA always had the best breakfast flights.


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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:29 pm

DC-10 - UA SFO-HNL
L-1011 - TW STL-SFO
727 - UA - PHX-DEN
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F-27 - RW LMT-SFO
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Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:37 pm

Concorde:

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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Fri Dec 09, 2005 1:44 pm

727- SA)">DL- ATL-RDU
L1011- SA)">DL- SLC-CVG
SA-227- GQ- HLN-BIL (was on this a/c)

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DC-9- NW- MSP-BIL

Oh wait...those aren't retired yet...
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Sat Dec 10, 2005 1:09 am

NW 727-200 GRR-DTW Jan 1995
My first flight ever and my last flight on a 727. I can still hear the engines rumble...

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NW DC-10-40 DTW-MCO Jan 1995
I think it was a -40; NW operated those domestically, right? Anyway they'll soon be gone and there's not a chance of me getting on another. My second flight ever and first widebody.

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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Sat Dec 10, 2005 2:02 am

 old  (in old man voice) I remember back when I was in graduate school in upstate New York in the late 1980s/early 1990s I flew first class on an aging United 727 from Chicago ORD to Syracuse. I commented to a flight attendant that the old bird (the plane, not the FA) looked pretty ancient, and she informed me it was to be retired within a month. The F class seats had cloth covers whereas most or UA's fleet at that time had leather seats in first.

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Sat Dec 10, 2005 7:18 am

Fokker F-28: SK ARN-SDL Dec. 27th 1997

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Boeing 747-200: KL AMS-ORD Aug. 7th 2003

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Sat Dec 10, 2005 8:42 am

727- PN (Pan Am v3) SFB-LCK, 7/05
737-200 (most of them are gone)- DLX CMH-MCO, 12/99
L-1011-1/250- DL SJU-ATL, 3/99
L-1011-500- DL ATL-SJU 2/99
DC-10-30- NW FCO-DTW, 7/00
DC-10-40- NW LGW-DTW, 8/99
F-28- US CMH-PIT, 5/96
F-100- US PHL-CMH, 11/00
A310- JM ATL-MBJ, 12/01
EMB-120- OH CVG-CMH, 1/00

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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Sat Dec 10, 2005 10:34 am

Alitalia A300B4-203


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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Sat Dec 10, 2005 11:03 am

B74SP AR Bue-Rom 1986
B727 RG Bue-Rio 1988
B707 ME Bru-Bey 1990
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Sat Dec 10, 2005 7:31 pm

B737-200 Air New Zealand in 1999, CHC-ROT-AKL. Also been on SQ 743s and 343s.
 
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Sat Dec 10, 2005 8:08 pm

LHR-YVR BA 747-236B G-BDXB (I think) on 14th August 2001

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SEA-LHR BA 747-236BM G-BDXN ( I think) on 28th August 2001

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A very nice aircraft, shame they left so soon post 9/11

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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:21 pm

Kendell Airlines:
Saab 340

Ansett Australia:
737-300, 767-300




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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:17 am

United Airlines:
McDonnell Douglas DC-8
DEN-ORD
October 1989
 
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:25 am

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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:19 pm

The last flight of TS Tristar in Oct '04. Employees only, seats handed out in order of seniority. YMX to over Mt. Tremblant, down over Quebec City and a real low (1000-2000 ft) fly past of a small town outside Quebec City. We were so low that landing had to be happening, or so we though. We however continued on back to YMX, with a go-around throw in. It was also the final flight of the Cap't and the F/E (brothers) the small town was of course their hometown. The leaves were in full colour, very impressive.
 
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Tue Dec 13, 2005 11:40 pm

Flown on and now gone - airlines or retired by airlines, though possibly still in service

BA VC10 in 1972 MAN-JFK-MAN
BA BAC1-11 in 1976 MAN-CDG-MAN
BA L1011 various MAN-JFK-MAN

PA DC10 1983 MAN-PIK-JFK
US BAC1-11 1983 to DAYTON
US DC9 1983 DAY-CLE
US B733 1983 Various

BY B732 1986 MAN-ATH-MAN
OA B732 1986 ATH-Mytilene-ATH
IT Mercure 1987 Nimes-ORY

AFR B727 1988 MAN-CDG
AFR B742 1988 CDG-JFK-CDG
AFR F28 1988 CDG-MAN

MH B742 1989/90 LHR-FRA-DXB-KUL-DXB-AMS-LHR
MH A300 1989 KUL-CGK-PER
MH DC10 1990 PER-KUL

DL L1011 various MAN-ATL
BA DC10 LGW-ATL-LGW

EIN B146 1998 MAN-DUB-MAN

GO B737 1999 STN-BCN-BCN
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:26 am

Onboard a NW DC-9. No, wait... dammit!

I suppose it was on a KL B747-206BM(SUD), flying from DTW to AMS in 2000.

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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:38 am

I can't remember which 727 flight was my last, but I'm sure I've been on a few. I do know that my last flight on a DC-10 was on CP.
 
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:08 pm

F100 - AA YYZ-ORD Nov 2003
727 - AN HBA-SYD Dec 1995
747SP - UA SEA-HKG Jul 1988 (!)
DC10 - UA SFO-IAD Jul 1988 (!)
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:17 am

Well, since I am still alive and it is still possible to find just about every type of a/c flying around the world...I don't want to say "the last..."

but my last 742 flight was IB's EC-GAG in 2002 MAD-MIA.

It was ironically their first 742 delivered in 1971 I believe.
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Thu Dec 15, 2005 10:50 am

I've flown a lot since this, but never on an a/c that has moved on to other carriers. YVR-LHR and back on a Canadian DC-10. Very sad to see the airline go.


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Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:35 am

I have been fortunate to fly on some classics. Fun times!!!!


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First company jump seat when still wet behind the ears. CVT-BRU in the, what was described my colleagues, as the best jumpseat due to the great views from the FE seat.


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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:09 am

I flew on a UA 737-200 in June 00. Ended up being the last time on the type . ROC-ORD.
No pics in the grey colors.

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Also flew on N7438U a UA 727 ORD-ROC on Sep 5th,2001. Last time on a UA 727 .

Flew on a DL 727 N8890Z ATL-ROC . Last time on a 727.

Also flew on 2 DL L1011's CVG-ZRH but i don't know the reg's.
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:34 am

I was on the last operational flight of SAA's 747-244 ZS-SAN routing GRJ-JNB November 2003 , before it was flown to Rand where it is now a museum piece..

Heres the plane on that day arriving in GRJ to pick me up and take me back to JNB:

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Others:

Nationwide BAC 1-11 JNB-DUR 2000
SAA 747-SP (Numerous times)
SAA 747-300 (Numerous times)

And lastly , not exactly related but I've flown twice on the TANS Peru 737-200 that crashed in Peru this year , since it was ex-SAA. ZS-SIA "Tugela"

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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Tue Dec 27, 2005 11:21 am

There have been many for me but probably the most notable was an Ansett A320. Ansett had collapsed and was running again to a degree with a small fleet of A320's under administration. I flew to Brisbane from Sydney on Virgin Blue and returned on Ansett on the 19th February (My birthday) just two days later Ansett stopped flying permanently.
I remember when the DC-3 was new!
 
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Fri Dec 30, 2005 5:51 am

727:
NW DTW-PHL (2000)

L1011:
TW BOS-JFK (1979)

F100:
US PHL-BOS (1991)
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:18 am

Hi!

The plane I flew and it's now retired is:

Date of the flight: 1998/08/28
Flight: LAX/JFK
Airline: UA
Airliner: Boeing 767-222
Registration: N601UA - The first 767 of all to an airline!!!!
Duration of the flight: 5:05 minutes


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I still remember like it was today. We flew N601UA on the red-eye flight, we wanted to be in New York early next morning, take a tour around Manhattan and return latter to JFK and get our transatlantic flight to LGW on a BA 767-300 ( G-BNWR - Chelsea Rose ). Before we left LAX a good friend of ours said that a storm was just passing by New York, so we should better have umbrellas with us. I passed all the flight anxious about the weather ( I wanted to show to my wife and kids Empire State, Statue of Liberty, WTC... ), when we started to descend I wanted badly to see clearly the ground.... and that what's happened, we landed at JFK in a nice beautifull morning, the day was going to be perfect!!!! We visited all at Manhattan, including my last visit to WTC ( in 2001 when we saw both towers beeing destroyed it touched all the family and still hurts us now! We still have the photos taken there in a special place! ).
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Fri Dec 30, 2005 8:18 am

MIA-MAD on IB 747-200 EC-DIA on JAN 10th 2004...TIRSO DE MOLINA

good old tirso de molina...flew it like 3 times.....will always occupy an important part in my heart


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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Fri Dec 30, 2005 8:45 am

I remember when I flew on a Delta MD-11 from ATL to DUB shortly before Christmas '01. I was disapointed to find out a year later that DL was retiring their MD-11 fleet.

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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:47 am

747-100 EI SNN-BOS Sep 88
727 UA ORD-BOS Oct 97
F100 US BOS-ORF Oct 98
Dornier 328 Jet DH JFK-BOS Aug 01
MD-11 DL ATL-NRT Dec 02
 
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Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:08 pm

my most notable ever was this one,


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I don't know the exact reg, but it was on the very first days of 1996 from MIA to IAD. I was STUNNED to be on board on one of the airliner legends of all time!
It replaced the original 767.

Hey, that would be exactly 10 years ago in a few days!

[Edited 2005-12-30 04:12:01]
What time is top of descent?
 
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Sat Dec 31, 2005 10:29 pm


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Wed Jan 04, 2006 6:18 am

FL 732 SYR-MCO

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US (MetroJet) 732 SYR-MCO

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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:58 pm

The first time I flew on an aircraft that was about to be retired occurred in April, 1960. (Yes, airplanes were flying back then  Smile) It from from DCA to LGA on an Eastern Airlines L-749A Constellation. Due to the curve of the forward fuselage, there was a step down in the forward cabin floor.
 
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 11:45 pm

My last 707 flight occurred in March 1982 on TWA STL-SFO. Memorable to this day for having to sit on the ground late at night while a lightening squall prevented the last westbound bank of flights to leave. Astonishingly, we were allowed to smoke while waiting on the plane (the captain simply turned on the a/c and turned off the no smoking signs), and for those of us in First, we were served a nice snack, but all I remember about it was the chocolate cheesecake served for dessert.

At the end of November 2005 I had what was probably my last 737-200 flight, on Delta LGA-CVG. Still a nice little pocket rocket, with a beautiful view of Manhattan on the take-off climb.
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:29 am

Northwest Airlines 727-200 flight from BWI-DTW on a trip to New Orleans in August of 1998. My first flight ever and I was so thrilled that it was on a 727. NW was super friendly. The lead flight attendant gave me a "Certificate of First Flight" and it was signed by her and the Pilot and Co-Pilot. After we landed in Detroit the captain invited me into the cockpit and he tried to take a picture of me sitting in the pilots seat with the pilots hat on and my hand on the throttles. Unfortunately he didn't have any film left in the camera he had! I was pissed. But I will always give my gratitude to NW for making my first flight very memorable.


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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 2:19 am

As for me:


LOT Antonov AN-24 WAW-GDN, 1992

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LOT Tupolev-154M WAW-GDN, 1992

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LOT tupolev-134A WAW-BRU, 1990

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SABENA Boeing 737-200 BRU-WAW, 1990

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Lufthansa Airbus A-310 WAW-FRA, 1991

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SAS Scandinavian McDonnell Douglas DC-9-41 CPH-FBU, 1993

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SAS Scandinavian McDonnell Douglas DC-9-21 FBU-CPH, 1993

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Delta Airlines Boeing 727-200 WAW-PRG-FRA, 1994

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Gosh, I'm  old   cry 

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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Fri Jan 13, 2006 2:18 pm

Wasn't keeping track of regs/flight numbers at the time, but I flew HA DC-10s and DC-9s on SEA-HNL-OGG-HNL-SEA back in 2001.
Picked a hell of a week to quit sniffing glue.
 
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RE: Last Flight On A Now Retired Aircraft Type?

Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:01 pm

Quoting Web (Reply 4):
think it was a -40; NW operated those domestically, right? Anyway they'll soon be gone and there's not a chance of me getting on another. My second flight ever and first widebody.

the DC10-40s have been gone for a few years now...just the 30s are left....and come March1st will be my last time on one...AMS-MEMSmile Smile( great bird...my first widebody...DFW-DTW on AA back in the mid 80s, I was 3months old. My first aircraft to go across the Atlantic... DTW-AMS with NW in 2002.

The 727 is probably the last aircraft type that has been retired...NW of course...from DTW to somewhere in Florida...probably MCO

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