I was 17, new at BA
However, for my first flight (in an era well before LCC's), was not a case of waiting to get my staff travel concessions.
Since it was a C of A renewal air test, on BA
B747-136 G-ANWE, LHR
-LHR, August 1983.
This involved a nearly empty aircraft, just tech crew, CAA observer and a few of us Engineering staff.
We took the Jumbo over the English Channel, a beautiful clear day, England on one side through the cabin window, France on the other.
Then the aircraft did a succession of stalls, you had the high angle of attack, then hearing the stall warning horn through the open door of the cockpit (we were seated on the upper deck).
A strange sensation, then a lurching drop.
After recovering, repeating the process several times, it was thrilling!
This from someone who does not do fairground rides and would never do a parachute drop, but on this aircraft, I felt secure, it was a case of your stomach being left behind at the drop, maybe the fascination I felt offset anything else.
Then we were testing the O2 system with masks dropping, generally threw the aircraft around more than you'd get on a normal flight.
Being topped off by a low level, high speed pass over the military airfield at Boscombe Down, there must have been a deployment of USAF
F-111's there, since I remember seeing them on the ground as we flashed past.
My second flight was in Feb 1984, another BA
747 air test, G-BDXK, delivered to LHR
after a period of storage in the US, after the early 80's recession deffered delivery.
An acceptance flight this time, so none of the hardcore stuff from my first flight, though we did do a touch and go at the then rather sleepy airport at Stanstead.
G-BDXK was in a unique config, a short lived all economy cabin since the aircraft was going to LGW
for the then charter subsidary, British Airtours
My 3rd was a pleasure flight in a DC-3, LTN
-LTN, passing over London and LHR
Very different, tailwheel aircraft, no pressurisation, throbbing engines, noise, so some of the other pax were throwing up, hang on, this is a flight for enthusiasats!
Call themselves aviation fans?
And after those, normal airline flights, boring!
I was spoiled early on I guess, until I had some flights on Concorde.......but that's another story.