I missed the DC8...regrettably. The A300 is another story.
I was scheduled to fly on the A300 more times than the trips ever happened. Continental's examples went tech quite often, at least on my attempts. Two trips I remember were IAH
in 1994. The particularly IAH
flight was around 1987 or so IIRC as I was about 6 or 7 yrs old. We taxied out from IAH
gate C23 ish. In cross referencing www.departedflights.com
I believe it was CO101 leaving IAH
at 8:40. We taxied out, it was incredibly hot, we taxied back in. A/C inoperable. After waiting at for another 2 hours they started accommodating passengers overnight. We departed the next morning on I believe it was a 722, 733, or M80 - don't remember...I was bummed about it because that was going to be my first time on a 'big' plane. We returned back to IAH
on a narrowbody.
In 1994 I was returning from MAD
- DC10 to EWR
connecting to AB3. This flight was uneventful. One thing I remember about the AB3 was that often times takeoff was with slats only, no trailing edge flap application - the only other time I experienced this was on a Sun Country DC10 from LAS
in 1996. The last section of the AB3 angles up slightly, can be seen in pics of the angle up of the cabin windows. The AB3 always felt robust and high off of the ground, touch downs from my memory were always solid, bordering on rough but not quite so. 8 abreast seating in economy, it was a comfortable bird - just problematic. Now, CO
was a different airline back then so I don't know how much of its dispatch reliability was AB3 specific.