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Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 3:40 am

Are you ready for a walk down memory lane?

Some of us here on Airliners have been aviation enthusiast since we were small children, while others have only discovered the beauty of aviation as adults.

For the first category: Which planes did you like the most? Which planes were there too many of?

I grew up right next to Copenhagen airport, and my dad would often take me plane spotting in evenings and weekends.

The most boring part of spotting at Copenhagen when i was a child was this:


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The DC-9 is a fine plane and the old SAS-livery is better than the new one. But there where just too many of these around. My guess would be 30-40 % of the traffic.

My favourite planes coming to Copenhagen were:


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Tower Air 747: beautiful and noisy


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TWA Tristar: Once you've seen a Tristar take-off, you will never forget it. Beautiful design. As far as i know, TWA is the only airline ever to have a regular Tristar-service to Copenhagen


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BA BAC 111: Cover your ears and watch the two black lines of thick smoke as it heads of for London


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MALEV 737-200: I thought the black nose was funny Big grin


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Lufthansa 727: The 727 design and the Lufthansa livery is a perfect match.


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MEA 720: Already a classic in the late 80's. Very beautiful plane


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Balkan Bulgarian Tupolev 154: Loved the sound of that one
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 3:59 am

Well, I gained my interest in airlines in 1970s. And growing up in Boise,ID ;that included seeing mainly United 737-200s,727-100s,727-200s, and occasional DC-8s. I always loved the DC-8s. Also in that time period was Hughes Airwest and their DC-9s. Saw many of them. Later on, Frontier and their 737s from 1979. In 1980s, Wien Air Alaska, Alaska Airlines, Continental, Pacific Express, Western, Sunworld, Republic, all came here with their typical array of jets. What I really liked were the many commuter carriers of the time. A lot more exciting than these days.
Also during this time period, from June 1979 to July 1980, the Stockton,CA; airport was airline served airport closest to my house. Hughes had left in Feb, Frontier began May 1,1980. United left, PSA left just about the time we did. Air Pacific later Golden Gate held down most of the flights then.
Anyway, of all aircraft, the DC-8 was my fav, followed by 727-200.
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:01 am

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*Sigh* I miss this scene in SLC...
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:11 am

All we got in VPS in the early 90's was NW DC-9's and some random turboprops. Every time we drove by the airport I would look to see if there was a DC-9 tail sticking over the terminal. There were always F-15's flying out of Eglin as well.

There was no such thing as too many airplanes!
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:13 am

Growing up near ORD, and still living 30 minutes away, I pretty much saw everything from the early 60s to now: every Boeing from the 707 to the 777, every Douglas from the DC-3 to the MD-11, the Lockheed Electra and Tri-Star, the Fokker 27/Fairchild 227 and the F100, A300s through A340s, Embrears, Canadairs, as well as Convair 240s, 580s, 880s, and 990s.

As a kid, I remember flying Braniff and TWA to MKC, both 707s and 727s (connecting to Central DC-3s to either Parsons, KS or Joplin, MO), AA 727s to SLC (connecting to RW's yellow DC-9s), NW 707s to MSP, UA 727s to MSP, DL DC-9s to SDF, and AA DC-10s/TW L-1011s to PHX.

I don't remember seeing BAC 111s, F28s, or Caravelles. But there was an old Comet parked near the Butler Aviation ramp for a number of years.
 
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:14 am

I've got a nostalgia site about my childhood in the 80s, and not too long ago, I wrote an article about aviation in that decade. The entry (in Spanish only) is at http://cabrosdelos80.com/joomla/inde...m_content&task=view&id=49&Itemid=1 , and it's about aviation in Santiago de Chile during the 80s.  Smile

Regarding my childhood planes... I think that, since I spent so much time of my childhood travelling from a country to another, I had the immense luck to travel many times on many planes, mostly on Iberia's long range fleet.

My favorite of them all was the impressive Boeing 747-256 of Iberia. My family and me flew in them at least twice per year from the early 80s to mid 90s. EC-DIA was one of them:


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I also have vague memories of crossing the Atlantic in an older 747-156, that did an annoying stop in the Canary Islands to refuel... and I also flew in a DC-10-30, too.


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The first really long flight I did was precisely in an IB DC-10-30, flying the MAD-EZE route, when I was only 7 years, and that experience was almost magical to me. Everything was different and shiny, and I even remember we were sitting on the middle of the plane -if I remember correctly, the plane had a 9-abreast configuration in Economy- and the onboard movie was Xanadu, that I heard (ot tried to) with those annoying 'air' headphones of the time. In fact, nowadays, when I hear ELO, I immediately associate it with DC-10s.  Smile

And, since I was so small, I could just lay on the floor to sleep when I was too tired. I wish I could to that nowadays!

I also flew in DC-9s. Lots of DC-9s, from the most important companies of Spain at the time, like Aviaco and Spantax. By some reason, DC-9s (and then MD-80s) were extremely popular in Spain; however, 737s were scarce and hard to see until Air Europa brought them to Spain's airports. Dunno why.
 
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:23 am

The place was Miami.

The "too many" was "all EAL all the time."

So, as a youngster, I was very interested in DAL and NAL. Both AAL and UAL were very mysterious, as were WAL, COA, et. al., since they did not serve the-then regulated market. PAA was in the family, so to speak, so it was fun to go over and see the birds and go for trips. Jets were just coming on line. The EAL, DAL and NAL type was the DC-8. PAA had DC-8s and B707s coming into town. EAL also had the B720. Props were everywhere. The DAL DC-7 "Crown" flying overhead on an afternoon trip to ATL stopping at JAX. Or the Capitol Connies, which became Viscounts, heading for CLE and PIT. My first ride in an NAL DC-8 to MSY. Flying in PAA DC-7s to NAS or, earlier, just having a dim memory of the B377 to Rio, or the DC-6 to La Habana. Later, all the Electras that popped up with EAL and NAL. Watching an NAL Electra swoop in over the Key West Naval Station while on a scout trip as it was landing at Meacham Field. Or that first Electra ride to DCA via NAL, "Airline Of The Stars." The DC-7 interchange route trips west via NAL, DAL and AAL because DEN and LAX could not be flown on one carrier from MIA until NAL got the southern transcon gig, or, farther downstream, BNF and COA got to go all the way to DEN . Or trips in Martin or Convair prop twins. Time flies. It all sems like yesterday. So many cool experiences.

Today, I look back fondly actually, remembering the EAL "Falcon" DC-8s, DC-7s, and the rest, before the hockey stick logo. Later, as a teenager, becoming excited about the 727-100s, then -200s. More carriers got routes from the CAB so then these neat BNF and COA birds showed up, to DAL and HOU. The BNF ones got painted all sorts of colors. Very sexy, just like the NAL "fly me" themed-birds. Suddenly BAW and others were flying across the pond and all the Latin carriers got jets, too. Or when everyone was on strike one summer and you had to fly from MIA to LAX via MEX on AMX or MXA!

Then jumbos by 1970, and the first of many memorable rides on a B747.

Then deregulation by 1980, and the entire world changed forever.

The childhood and teen days of the 1950s and 1960s are wonderful memories and it has all been really great since, too.
 
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:32 am

Yesterday I was just talking to some friends about the good old times of the now long-gone terrace at Maiquetia, in which I used to spend countless hours of fun every time I had to go there:

Air Panama's 727-100 was a common visitor early in the morning:

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Eastern's L1011 and DC-8s were also a common sight in the afternoon:

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The Almighty Concorde, next to a Pan Am Clipper (this pic was actually taken from the terrace):

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The old AVENSA's CV580 (MIQ had LOTS of them, now replaced by B1900's and ATRs)

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And of course... The best show in the afternoon... the arrival of VIASA's DC-10 from Europe and South America (at 6 o' clock you could see up to 5 orange tails next to each other awaiting for their next journey)

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Also the DC8s from Aeromexico and Aeroperu, DC-10s from British Caledonian and Iberia, A310 and MD-11 from Swissair, DC9s from Aeropostal, BWIA, and ALM... and so on.

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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:36 am

Hardly any variety at all livery wise in Russia at the time when I grew up and developed an interest aviation. Aeroflot - was the only carrier we'd see. Anyone would see, actually, in Russia....except if they lived in Moscow where the major International airport was.

These were the planes I remember seeing most and flying frequently on:

The undeniable commuter Antonov An-24:


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Always red stripped Let L-410UVP and later UVP-E


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The medium and long-haul domestic workhorse Iliyshin Il-62


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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:41 am



My favourite planes of all time. I flew a lot on these beauties to and from Inuvik, in the Canadian Arctic.
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:43 am


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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:00 am

I grew up in JAN and MSY and then worked for DL at LAX in the early 90s during college, so although I viewed them as boring at the time, I now have a very special place in my heart for 727-200s with widgets  Smile.
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:31 am

I first flew in July 1971 when I was 9 years old, my mother, two sisters amd I flew from Newcastle to Lusaka, Zambia via London. I can't remember which direction we made the change but we had to transfer between Heathrow and Gatwick.

These were the airlines and types we did that trip on:


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In November 1972 when I was 11 we went back to the UK for a holiday, flying from Kariba, Rhodesia to Salisbury, then to London via Luanda, Angola.


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The return trip was LHR-LIS-LAD-HRE


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We returned to the UK in February 1973, also on a Caledonian VC-10.

Some great old planes!
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:46 am

I remember my hometown airport, FWA, had lots of mainline service back in my distant childhood. This was before FWA went all-regional (and long before RJs took over FWA).

In the 1980s, I remember these:

Delta "widget" 727s and DC-9s and MD-80s

American 727s

Northwest DC-9s and 727s

Piedmont 737s & later, USAir 737s

Air Wisconsin BAe146s

United Express BAe146s and BAe ATPs

United 727s

Burlington Air Express cargo DC-8s, UPS and Federal Express 727s

The airport was known as Baer Field-Fort Wayne Municipal Airport back then (until 1991, when it became Fort Wayne International).

I remember the terminal as it was long before its 1995-1996 reconstruction and expansion.
It was much smaller, with a nice restaurant (where the ticket counters are now) with big plate glass windows over the apron. There was only one baggage claim belt, and a handful of ticket counters (for the above airlines, over time). Upstairs there were only 2 jetways.

The downstairs regional concourse was the most remarkable feature of the airport: When I walked through security, I would emerge into a large glass cube, with a door at each corner (as a gate). This concourse was all-glass, even the ceiling, so it afforded a 180-degree view of the apron as well as a view into the sky overhead. I just loved this room!

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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:49 am

PIT in the 90's

Chrome, chrome, chrome, OH! A WHITE ONE! Chrome, chrome, chrome, chrome...

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Remember them?

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A US 762 and a BA 763-twofer memories!

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When we had mainline AC (don't give your hopes up, it was...)

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When they were around...

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The only thing left of these guys are the skycap carts and stuff with AA's logo pasted over blatant "TWA" titles  Sad

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Two things gone-USAir's old-old livery and the E concourse as a concourse

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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:56 am

Quoting JCKastrup (Thread starter):
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BA BAC 111: Cover your ears and watch the two black lines of thick smoke as it heads of for London

actually some of the 1-11s at Kastrup were also heading to BHX - especially the -400s or the -539s which were based at BHX and only operated BHX services and a 'few' MAN services

what's funny to me is that while it was exotic to you, it was certainly the most common and boring a/c movement at BHX in the 80s - I remember 'hours' at the BHX viewing gallery awaiting any kind of a/c movement, only to have yet another 1-11 touchdown
 Embarrassment

Despite that it is my favourite aircraft to this day - nothing compares to the sound of the Spey engines spooling up upon departure

Every once in a while we were treated to a Worldways Canada DC-8 or a Sterling 727 - even American Trans Air came with a TriStar (summer only, IIRC)

In those days of endless 1-11s, even the LH 737-200 or the AF 737 seemed exotic!
 
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:59 am

SYD late 60s/early 70s. International, the place was wall to wall B707s & DC-8s! QF 138B & 338s, Pan Am, BOAC, Air India, MSA (Malaysian Singapore Airlines), SAA & LH with B707s
TE/NZ, KLM, Alitalia, JAL, Gradua, Thai, UTA & PAL with DC-8s

Plus, of course, the "odd balls" BOACs SVC-10s & UTAs Caravelle!

Domestically: Ansett & TAA B727-100, DC9, L188, Viscounts, DC4s & Carviairs, and Fokker F27 everywhere! Meanwhile down at SWA - Sydney Water Airport we still had the incredible Short S25 Sandringhams!!!

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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:29 am

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 14):
Two things gone-USAir's old-old livery and the E concourse as a concourse

Actually... The old-old USAir livery B1900 in that pic is still around, painted in the old colors.. It's a ZV bird that I just worked the other day!
 
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:57 am

Well I grew up in Beirut (BEY) Lebanon, and my fatherb used to take me and my brother to the airport each saturday afternoon for many years (1969-1975), I had the pleasure to watch a lot of airplanes of which :
MEA : B707-720-747-CARAVELLE-COMET 4C-VICKERS VISCOUNT-CV990A
TMA :B707
KUWAIT AIRWAYS B707
PAN AMERICAN B707-747-747SP
BOAC : VC10-B707
VARIG: B707
VIASA Big grinC8-50
JAL: DC8-62
KLM : DC8-63
IRAQI AIRWAYS : B707
ALYEMDA : B707
SUDAN AW : B707
ETHIOPIAN AL : B720-B707
ALITALIA : DC8-40
SWISSAIR : DC8-50-CV990A
AIR FRANCE B707
AIR INDIA: B747
SAUDIA: B707
ARIANA B727-100
THY VICKERS VISCOUNTS-DC9
CYPRUS AIRWAYS VICKERS VISCOUNT-TRIDENT 2E.
ALIA CARAVELLE

As you will see medium range aircrafts such as the DC9, B727 and the russian built aircrafts which were landing very early in the morning (or extremely late at night), SABENA, AUSTRIAN,LUFTHANSA were serving BEY but obviously not on saturdays afternoons! or sunday mornings
 
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:34 am

My first flight was in an Auster, age 5 or 6, or so. Bristol local East, over my house in Stanton Drew.

My first major flight was in a Viscount at age 14. Bristol to Bordeaux return

My first Real International Flight was in a Stretch DC8 Heathrow to CYEG ( for years I was given hell over that, I was supposed to go to CYYC BUT the schedules didn't work out right, and they were only an inch apart on the map!! a 3 1/2 hour drive in 1975!!) In fact, the guy that picked me up at the Airport CYEG never did forgive me for that trip!!

My BEST flight was in a Canadian Pacific 747, with as many passengers as Crew, stretching out across the seats for a snooze, and really good filet mignon for a meal!! This would have been around 1976 or 77.

Since then
I flew in a B727 from gatwick to Freetown Sierra Leone, Lungi Airport, with a couple of hour stop in Gambia, where we weren't allowed off the aircraft, BUT they did lower the back door so I sat on the steps in the high humiditu and wondered just what I was getting into in Sierra Leone!!

Then many flights with many airlines, First Class Business and in the back.

I don't have the pictures that you guys have, BUT I do have memories ...

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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:56 am

my childhood is filled with aviation memories. but a few stand out.
the 1969 flight on CO from LAX to kansas city. 707
and all my 727 flights on AA and CO during the 70's and a DC-8 Flight in the 80's on united from seatac to lax,
I will always remember my 727 flights . you know the one that the wing comes apart on landing.
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:37 am

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bringing my grandmother from the Isle of Man on holiday in the late 1960's and early 70's before she became too old (or willing) to fly.

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Then a spotter at MAN from around 1974, usually on Saturdays. Great terraces, you could go on all the piers and get up close.


Before the days of lots of UK charter airlines so regulars included

AvioGenex Tu134
Inex Adria DC9
JAT 727 and DC9
Aviaco DC9
Spantax DC9, Cv990
SAE SE210

BY had B737s
Laker B707, BAC1-11
Dan Air 1-11, Comet, HS748
KLM DC8 and DC9
TAP B707 and 727
Air Malta B707/720
SR DC9
LH B737 and B727 on Sunday
Wardair had the B707 and 747
CP Air with the DC8, DC10 and B747
BA VC10 and B707, 1-11, Tridents, HS748, Viscount
Airtours B707
BMA B707
AY Cargo DC9
SK DC9
SN B737
NW came in with B747F for a short period.
TIA had DC8, DC10 and B747
Air France Caravelle, B727 and occasional B707
EI 1-11
British Air Ferries Herald and occasional Carvair


One fine day I nearly spat out my drink in surprise when a Hercules landed. This was a Saudi Air Force one to pick up bits from Warton.

Other stand out visitors included VC-10 A40-AB that brought in some burns victims from a fire in the Gulf. An Interflug Tu134 that was to/from Leipzig for the trade fair.

Everyone looked forward to those days when LHR and LGW were fogged out and MAN became home to a lot of diversions..... though I managed to go on a school hiking trip on "that sunday" in 1977 or 78 when it was seriously foggy in the south and MAN had such rarities as an Iraqi A/W Trident. Boy, was I fed up the next day to be greeted by the lucky spotters who'd been there for something like 50 diversions.

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 15):
I remember 'hours' at the BHX viewing gallery awaiting any kind of a/c movement, only to have yet another 1-11 touchdown

I remember being at MAN one day when for around 10 minutes there wasn't an airliner on the ground. The place was empty. I can't remember what the last departure was, but the emptiness was relieved by a BA B747 arriving (on a London-MAN-Pakistan flight iirc).
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:39 am

I live somewhere along the Fairgrounds Visual Approach into SJC. I wasn't too into airliners when I was younger; I preferred WWII warbirds and such but still enjoyed airline flights.

I recall seeing the following:

-Emery DC-10F
-American DC-10
-American MD-11
-Reno Air MD-8x/-90, especially "Orange County Flyer".
-Alaska old colors jets. I remember seeing their new colors in SEA one winter, it was love at first sight.
-Delta Widgets

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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:51 am

Quoting JCKastrup (Thread starter):
BA BAC 111: Cover your ears and watch the two black lines of thick smoke as it heads of for London

BA 1-11s were probably heading for Manchester or Birmingham. It's more than likely that CPH-LHR was operated by Tridents in the 1970s and early 1980s.

I remember a constant stream of 1-11s into MAN during my childhood. You could see the runway from my Mum's bedroom window, even though it's 14 miles away. I'd regularly look out for AF's daily 727 from Paris, which arrived about 7pm, until one day, I was old enough to book and pay for a ticket on it myself - in 1986.
 
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:13 pm

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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:25 pm

You're killing me here, kids.

Mid fifties, say 1956, we had the Convair 340 and "new" 440, The DC 3, some 4's, lots of 6's and the new 7
Capital, NE and CO was introducing or about to introduce the Viscount.
Lockheed had the 749,749A,1049 and 1049C and G with the 1649 Jetstream being rolled out.
These are models of connies to the younger crowd.

A couple of years later, enter the F-27
Boeing was designing a jet(whats that)?.
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 2:35 pm

Quoting SmokinL1011 (Reply 26):
tried to edit the images into the post but couldn't figure it out....

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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 2:54 pm

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 13):
remember my hometown airport, FWA, had lots of mainline service back in my distant childhood. This was before FWA went all-regional (and long before RJs took over FWA).

In the 1980s, I remember these:

Delta "widget" 727s and DC-9s and MD-80s

American 727s

Northwest DC-9s and 727s

Piedmont 737s & later, USAir 737s

Air Wisconsin BAe146s

United Express BAe146s and BAe ATPs

United 727s

Burlington Air Express cargo DC-8s, UPS and Federal Express 727s

The airport was known as Baer Field-Fort Wayne Municipal Airport back then (until 1991, when it became Fort Wayne International).

I finished High School in Fort Wayne in the early 70's, and live there off and on thru 1982. Our home was under the flight path for 31/13. The one item I would add to Smith's list is the DC-8 charters before de-regulation. Gruenninger Travel had quite a deal with charters to Nassau, Bahamas and Las Vegas , and I think occasionally Hawaii (IIRC).

The Bahamas were usually on DL DC-8-51's and the Vegas were always UA DC8-61's, in an all coach layout (about 229 seats or so I think) I seem to remember a few UA DC-8-40 charters also..

Before FWA, I lived in OHio and we would take my father to then Dayton/Cox Airport for a business trip. Remember seeing my first UA 727-100 probably in 65 or 66. Remember a bunch of TWA 707's and I think CV 880's in the 65-70 time frame. DL was mostly DC 9-32's. Also a few AA 727's, 707's and maybe BAc1-11's.
 
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 3:00 pm

For me it was undoubtedly the Dash 7 in Brymon colors. For just about my whole life Plymouth has been just a mile down the road, my nursery school bordered the fence to the runway, so I could watch these wonderful aircraft all day just a hundred meters away. My infants school and primary schools were both just under the flight path and before they altered the roads and, my school bus to secondary school gave me excellent views of the airport morning and evening from the top deck.

This was the view from my nursery!;

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Finally in June of this year I flew a Dash 7 out in the Philippines, it was a dream come true 


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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:13 pm

Quoting PiedmontINT (Reply 17):
Actually... The old-old USAir livery B1900 in that pic is still around, painted in the old colors.. It's a ZV bird that I just worked the other day!

That thing is STILL flying in those colors?! I saw it a few years ago taxiing to E at PIT before E closed. I think it was 2005, but I can't put my finger on it.
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:09 pm

Hi!

My first rememberance from my times has a kid in LIS airport:


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My first cockpit visit, a L1049G from TAP, and when my father was working carrying the catering to TAP planes I loved to be in the Caravelle!


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I remember once see an Air France 707-328 that had is from wheel colapsed on landing. Also I saw once a KL DC-8 with double livery, KL one side Viasa on the other side.


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The Alitalia livery with the Italy flag was very nice and I remember well that! Also I remember visiting Aviaco CV440's and the F/A's hug me and give me biscuits...that was really cool!!!


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Pan Am DC-8 were nice to see in those days in LIS!!!
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:40 pm

I remember that the aircraft most seen when I was child in Barcelona were the McDonell Douglas DC-9 and Boeing 727 of Iberia.


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Too, Aviaco, used to operate Fokker F-27 and McDonnell Douglas DC-9...


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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:48 pm

Growing up in DRW in the early 90's I used to love watching the AN 727-200's movements we'd get 2 Daily one to Adelaide and Melbourne the other to Brisbane and Sydney. we'd also get the odd AN 737-300 and later on AN A320's to DPS. We'd also get TN (and later on QF) 737-300 and 737-400 movements. I also used to like watching the Airlink and Ansett BAe146 and Fokker F28 movements. International I can remember getting GA A300B4's to DPS, Merpati Nussantra 737-200's to Kupang? and Qantas 767-300's to SIN.


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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:14 am

Following are the first 5 aircraft types (and airlines) I flew on as a child (between about ages 8 and 15), except the Vanguard was still in TCA livery at the time of my first flight on that rather rare type.


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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:08 pm

Such a tale of two cities:

BFL prior to deregulation in 1978:


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The second picture is not at BFL...couldn't find a Hughes Air West picture there in the database.

The old "terminal" at BFL, such as it was, had a beautiful courtyard where you could go out and actually get close to the planes, and watch the individual people coming off the airstairs and crossing the tarmac in either 110+ degree heat or 32 degrees and bone-chilling fog. Central Valley people will know what I mean!

Generally, though, when family came to visit, it required to the great mecca of spotting planes from around the world, LAX:


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These are just some of the airlines I only had read about...and now I was actually seeing them!!  eyepopping 

In the 1970's, LAX was holy ground for me - was there any airline not flying there? Was it really possible that the 747 I was seeing was going to get airborne? Was there any place on earth where you could NOT get to from this airport?

As crowded and overdeveloped as the area is, it is still a treat to have a burger at In & Out and watch the world coming to California.
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Sat Nov 03, 2007 6:43 am

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 24):
For me, it was all about the hardest working group in the US Airline industry: The Local Service carriers.

I agree completely. I always had a soft spot for props in the 50's and 60's, and the local service carriers in particular.

I grew up near BAL (now BWI):

Lake Central: DC-3, Convair 580, Nord 262 (Altair used the Nord at BWI later on).
Piedmont: F-27, Martin 404, YS-11
Allegheny: F-27, Convair 580

Also:
United: Viscount, DC-6, and CVL (what's not to like about the Caravelle?)
National: L-188 (my first flight)
Eastern: L-188

I liked Northeast's Yellowbirds (mostly 727's here), and I always got a kick out of TWA and Pan Am - it made me feel that BAL was big league.

I saw a BOAC VC-10 at BAL once, and a Western DC-6.

In the late 50's they'd charge people 50 cents to park by the old Friendship Cemetery (the airport's original name was derived from the Friendship Church) and watch the jets take off. Almost all were 707's except for United's DC-8's (BAL was important to UA before deregulation).

We used to walk to the airport to do our spotting. We'd find out which planes were laying over and ask to go on board and take a look around. We went on dozens of planes this way and almost always got to sit in the cockpit. Airline people liked to see kids who loved the industry.
 
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:54 pm

Going back a few years more than most..  old 
Remember flying Connies and DC-7's between BDL and JFK..(known back in the day as Idlewild.)..after those beautiful
birds were taken off mainline service...
707's JFK-ORD..29 dollars for "student standby"--we'd help the AA flight crews prepare breakfast in the galley..
DC-6 from Idlewild to AMS on KLM...
The Northeast Yellowbirds (prop) from ORH to LGA..great kidney shakers..
Watching from Vagabond Hill in Seoul a NW 707-320-C circle over the city each evening..and knowing that one day, that plane would take you home..
Watching a DC-8 take off from BDL..taking oldest daughter to LOS to visit her aunt...her first flight..
First 747 flight..JFK-ORD.."like sitting in your living room"...
Those were the days...
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Sat Nov 03, 2007 8:44 pm

The first plane I flew was a PSA Lockheed Electra Jet. They were comfortable inside, 3+2 seating, I think, and a nice little lounge in the back. The front door had a folding staircase, and both doors were powered... the door would slide right up into the roof with a very distinctive sound that I loved to imitate to annoy my sister. The turboprops had the coolest whine also. Later, PSA provided my first ride on a jet, a 727 that on takeoff seem to go almost straight up!
 
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Sun Nov 04, 2007 3:29 am

Quoting JCKastrup (Thread starter):
For the first category: Which planes did you like the most?

Well, I was born in a small town in Northern Ontario called Chapleau. It will always be dear to my heart and I was very fortunate to grow up with uncles that owned their own float planes. I flew all over Northern Ontario in their float planes and I guess that's why they are my favorites.

My first flight was at around 3 years old and it was love at first flight I guess you could say. Nothing more free than "bush flying", landing and taking off on water is the best.

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How could you not fall in love with that!!!

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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Sun Nov 04, 2007 4:42 am

CMH as far back as I can remember:
AA- F-100, ATRs, J-31, MD-80, maybe a 727 or two
CO- DC-9, MD-80 & 737-200, EMB-120 (meatball scheme).
DL- 727, DC-9, MD-80, 757
NW- DC-9, MD-80, 727-200
UA- 727, 737-200, J-31
US- DC-9, F28, F100, MD-80, 737-200, J-31, EMB-120, Fairchild Metro IIRC.
TW- 727, DC-9, MD-80, ATR-42
YX- DC-9-10
Arrow Air (at CMH)- DC-8
Evergreen (at CMH) 747-100
HP- 737-200, 737-300, 757, Beech 1900, earlier A320.
WN- 737 (what else?)

We flew US often. I hated the DC-9, loved the Brasilia & the 727. My favorite, though, was the 757; still is one of my favorites today. As I got older, I grew to like the DC-9.
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:07 pm

I remember as a kid, I lived under the CLE approach into the then-Runway-23s. In 1999 I moved to the suburbs after house was robbed...along with a general increasing crime rate in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, by moving to the suburbs, I was literally cut-off from the airplane world. So my following post is reminiscing about the mid-late 1990s. Near the end of my time in the 'ol house, I began to see less and less of the 70's era aircraft, being replaced by more 737s, ERJs, and BE1900Ds.

...Back in those days, CO, the hub airline for CLE, was flying the 727, 737-100s through 500s, DC-9s, and MD-80s. CO Connection/Express was flying the ATR-42, BE-1900D, DHC-8s, and the EMB-120. Over time, the 727, 737 100/200s, DC-9s, MD-80s, ATRs, DHC-8s (are making a comeback, though) and EMB-120s faded away. IIRC, the ExpressJet EMB-145s started arriving in the latter of 1998, the last year that I was in that house

TW flew into CLE, using DC-9s (possibly 727s as well, I don't remember)

UA, had the last regularly scheduled passenger wide-body service into CLE, utilizing DC-10s to ORD. They also had 727 service to CLE, and possibly 737-200 service.

US (then USAir) had 727, 737-200 thru 400, and DC-9 service to CLE.

AA actually served CLE with mainline jets (since now been downgraded to AA Eagle CRJs), mainly with 727s and MD-80s.

DL used MD-80s, possibly 727s, and 737-200s. OH flew in as well, using CRJ200s.

NW used 727s, and of course, the aircraft that shall not be named-still used today (DC-9s)  smile 

SW used 737-200s, in addition to their -300s and -500s.

5X used DC-8s, now replaced by A300s and 757s.

FX used 727s, now replaced by A300s.

Occasionally, I remember AT and Rich-Air charters with L1011s.
 
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:32 am

Well it was not that long ago but some of the planes sure have changed alot.


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These are just some of the planes I remember the most, I guess I should use age 7-12.
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RE: Planes Of Your Childhood

Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:59 am

I grew up in Minneapolis/St. Paul in the late '70's, early '80's.
My dad proposed to my mom at the old observation area across from the main runway at Mpls/St. Paul international.
We lived right by the Washburn water tower, a beacon for the big international flights, and they came over our house at about 500 ft every 60 seconds 24 hours a day for a while in the early '80's (it got so I could tell the aircraft by sound)

747's were probably my favorite, followed by DC-10's and 727's (all NW Orient)

When we went to the airport to watch takeoffs, we would always drive to the cargo area to hopefully see 707 freighters, the last one I saw belonged to Burlington (it was a gorgeous plane!)

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