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The Real Rarities / Oddities In Your Flight Log?

Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:30 am

So here's your chance to show off those flights in your log that are really rare. And I don't mean things like flying a restored DC-3 or WWII bomber, or traveling to Africa or North Korea to catch some type that is long retired elsewhere.

What I mean is flights that one normally can not get on and that require excellent inside connections or lots of bribe money or other adventurous actions. Flights that are out of reach to the general public. Like flying on a cargo aircraft, or a government plane, or a military transport, things like that.

For myself, even with almost 1000 flights in my log I can't really say I've been on a lot of really rare, almost-unreachable flights. Twice I was very close to flying on cargo flights (a 727-200F and a 747-200F) but couldn't at the last minute.

Then I flew on the Ecuador Petroleum Administration's VIP Fairchild FH27, after using all the connections I had made during months at the airport, that was certainly a flight strictly off-limits to regular people.

Once a fellow member and I managed to get ourselves on a Norwegian coal mine shuttle to a remote gravel field in Svalbard, operated by a DO228.

How about you? Anything truly unique in your log that only comes once in a lifetime?

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RE: The Real Rarities / Oddities In Your Flight Lo

Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:09 pm

There was also a certain Agusta 109 positioning flight.   Shame one of the conditions was no trip report or detailed articles/publication about that.  

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RE: The Real Rarities / Oddities In Your Flight Lo

Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:21 pm

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RE: The Real Rarities / Oddities In Your Flight Lo

Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:38 pm

I have a nice log but you are so mean that we can't impress you with even a Viscount, Connie, YS-11, DC-4, DC-7, Il-18, Il-76 (pleasureflights) or 720B, Il-18, Il-62 and Electra (passenger flights), all flown since 1995.
The two things I can think of now is I hitched a ride on a student flight from Cranfield on their HP-137 in 2004. It would be retired later that year so it was my only chance to fly on one. A friend of mine studied at Cranfield and so I got in touch with the professor, who let me hike for free on their flight, demonstrating to students a dutch roll, a stall etc. above the UK.
Not worth asking now as they use a more common J-31 now.
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RE: The Real Rarities / Oddities In Your Flight Lo

Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:13 pm

Sightseeing flight - including low flyby and go-around - on LH's second A380:

Totally Thrilling: Scenic Flight On Lufthansa A380 (by PlaneHunter Aug 5 2010 in Trip Reports)


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RE: The Real Rarities / Oddities In Your Flight Lo

Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:22 am

-Hanging out of a Sea King whilst doing a low flyby at HMNB Devonport, plus other assorted flights whilst in University Air Squadron.
-Business trip on one of the company's Challenger 300s.

A friend of the family is the captain of the Omani 747SP. I'd rather like to get a ride on that!
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RE: The Real Rarities / Oddities In Your Flight Lo

Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:52 am

Most of mine are flights on military aircraft that I managed to snag while I was in ROTC.

November 2005:
C-17 CHS-FFO-CHS (Charleston AFB to Wright-Patterson AFB and back)
On the FFO-CHS leg we did a tactical combat descent.   

June 2006:
T-37 "Tweet" at SPS (Sheppard AFB)
Received about a 45 minute flight - some cadets in my group got really lucky and got T-38 rides

November 2007:
KC-135 flight from MCF (MacDill AFB, FL)
Flew up to the South Carolina coast and refueled a C-17 from Charleston AFB
Got the jumpseat for takeoff.  

November 2007:
HH-60 "Pavehawk" at VAD (Moody AFB, GA)
Just flew around the target practice area. The crew did demonstrate the mini-guns they have on-board.

July 2009:
KC-135 flight at EIL (Eielson AFB, AK)
Flew down to southeastern Alaska and refueled a C-17 from Elmendorf AFB
Got the jumpseat for landing  

Civilian "Rarities"

June 2006:
Champion Air 727, DEN-SPS-DEN
26 of us on a plane that held around 150 or so that flew us to Texas for our T-37 and T-38 flights (such a fine use of taxpayer dollars, I know).
On this trip, we also had to return to the airport shortly after takeoff from DEN because the cabin failed to pressurize - the closest I've come to any "in-flight emergency".

Also, I've managed to get a couple on-time flights out of ATL. Does that count as a rarity?   
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RE: The Real Rarities / Oddities In Your Flight Lo

Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:38 am

A one hour flight to nowhere on a C-130 as a Civil Air Patrol Cadet back in the early 80s. The flight was from Buckley ANG base to Colorado Springs and back, but without the landing in Colorado springs and I almost ate the ear plugs. I thought they were bubble gum. Another cadet noticed me looking at them and said "Don't eat that, those aren't bubble gum." Thankfully, I listened. I've never been on a noisier airplane in my life than that C130 and the earplugs didn't help much.

I always liked my brother's experience better. As an Air Force Academy Cadet he was flying to hawaii with the swim team. They were supposed to have a KC-135 for the trip, well, one of the other members of the team was a general's son, one phone call was all it took to get them upgraded to a KC-10.
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RE: The Real Rarities / Oddities In Your Flight Lo

Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:55 am

When I was in Air Force JROTC in high school, our group on a KC-135 and a C-141 (this was about 2002-2003) based at March ARB. We refueled the C-141 several times and flew up the CA coast and back. It was an awesome experience!
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RE: The Real Rarities / Oddities In Your Flight Lo

Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:10 pm

Since you're defining "rarity" as flights the general public isn't allowed to fly on, I've taken numberous flights on the Intel corporate shuttles, which of course you have to be an employee to fly on. The planes themselves are pretty standard ERJs like you would fly on with regionals like ExpressJet, but the experience is quite a bit different from a commercial flight. You get to use airports like MHR and HIO, there's no TSA to deal with, and you only have to be there 15 minutes before the flight. In flight the FAs tend to know and joke around with the regulars, and as a special treat on Friday evening flights they serve complementary beer and wine.

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