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Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:00 pm

Perhaps this has been done before, but a search didn't yield any recent results. I'm just curious, what's the rarest airliner you've flown on broken down by model?

Being a millennial, I didn't have the opportunity to fly on any exceedingly rare airliners of the mid-20th century unfortunately, however, I have had the opportunity to fly on some relatively rare (compared to their more successful models) aircraft models.

767-400ER - only 38 ever built
737-900 (non-ER) - only 52 ever built
757-300 - only 55 ever built

Oddly, because of the new UA and new DL, flying on one of these models isn't all that rare in the US, especially on certain routes.

The rarest aircraft I have ever been on (although not flown) is a Beech Starship. One of the only four flying ones called my home airport home, an I was able to sit in cockpit of it thanks the generosity of the owner.
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:12 pm

I have flown on DL 764ERs before when they were in domestic configuration, first in 2003 on MCO-ATL, then twice in 2005 on ATL-TPA and back, and then in 2006 on SLC-ATL. I one day like to fly an international route on one.
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:23 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 1):
I have flown on DL 764ERs before when they were in domestic configuration

Same here. My first and only flight on one was a short hop from SLC-SFO (flight continued on to HNL) in March of 2001 when the oldest 764s were less than eight months old. I think I have an old photo buried somewhere that might have the reg. number on it. I was too young and naive at the time to think about keeping track of N numbers.
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Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:49 pm

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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:09 pm

Aircraft I've flown that are considered rare by some:

747SP
767-400ER
737-900 (non-ER)
757-300
MD-11
DC-10-10
DC-10-30
Fokker F28
Fokker 100
BAE 146
Beech 1900 C
Jetstream J41
EMB-120
L-1011-1
L-1011-100
L-1011-250
L-1011-500
A-340-300

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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:08 am

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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:57 am

Rarest I can think of is a Grumman Mallard 73T for Chalks Ocean Airways.
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:36 am

Nothing too interesting  

731 (which was rare in 1998!)
764
762 (flew on my first one in 2012, so rare these days)
D10 (flew them a lot in the period 1995-2000, when they were on their way out)

I'm not sure whether J41, 145, ARJ, 345 and 346 are considered rare or not
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:06 am

I suppose this depends on whether we consider individual variants, like the 753, rare or not. I've flown the 328Jet, and only 83 of those ever saw airline service. The 428Jet was never built. The 328Jet was a fun - and quirky - little airplane.
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:23 am

My rareties:

DC-8-40 series (R-R Conway engines) (32 built)
DC-8-50F combi (39 built)
DC-8-62 (61 built)
DC-8-63 (47 built, not counting freighters)
DC-8-71 (53 converted from -61)
DC-9-20 (10 built)
DC-10-30CF combi (25 built)
707-320 (JT4A turbojet engines) (69 built)
720 (JT3C turbojet engines) (65 built)
747-300M combi (21 built)
747-400M combi (61 built)
747SP (45 built)
L-1011-500 (50 built)
Convair 880 (65 built)
Super VC-10 (22 built)
Trident 1 (39 built)
Trident 2 (50 built)
Trident 3 (28 built)
Vickers Vanguard (44 built)
Fokker 70 (48 built)
Saab 2000 (63 built)
 
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:09 am

737-900 non-ER
747-200SUD
747-400 Combi
767-400ER
777-300 non-ER
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:33 am

Quoting MountainFlyer (Thread starter):
767-400ER - only 38 ever built
Quoting MountainFlyer (Thread starter):
757-300 - only 55 ever built
Quoting MountainFlyer (Thread starter):
Oddly, because of the new UA and new DL, flying on one of these models isn't all that rare in the US, especially on certain routes.

Yep I flew on the 764ER and the 753 with DL.

I also flew the 732 with DL before they phased them out, so you can say today it's a rare bird.

I've also flown on the A318 before with AF.
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:39 am

TCA Connie
BEA Vanguard
EA Electra
DL 764
DL 753
PE 731
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:36 am

I could list Tridents, Vanguards, 731, Comet etc as well.

But really rare are 2 -

Canadair CL44 Swingtail total of 4 flights on that one

and

Dassault Mercure - only 10 build - one flight BOD-ORY (could have been CDG as well, not sure)
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:12 am

I'm surprised more people have not flown on Concorde. I flew on G-BOAE on an airline staff deal for $700. Best money I ever spent.
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Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:32 pm

747-300
Concorde
VC-10
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:03 pm

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 8):
I suppose this depends on whether we consider individual variants, like the 753, rare or not. I've flown the 328Jet, and only 83 of those ever saw airline service. The 428Jet was never built. The 328Jet was a fun - and quirky - little airplane.

Good question. I guess when I started the thread I was thinking in terms of total number of planes ever made broken down by model. I broke it down by model because if we say "737" then of course it is not rare, but a 737-100 is very rare considering there were only 30 of them ever made. I was thinking more in terms of total number of aircraft rather than era (a 727 is extremely rare today, but wasn't 20 years ago).

However, this is just a fun thread, and is very subjective. I love hearing about all the different planes people have flown on!  
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 7):

I'm not sure whether J41, 145, ARJ, 345 and 346 are considered rare or not

I would consider the A345 rare for sure as there were only 32 of them made from what I gather. There were only 97 346s made from what I gather, so also fairly rare in the grand scheme of things.
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:20 pm

Quoting MountainFlyer (Reply 16):
However, this is just a fun thread, and is very subjective. I love hearing about all the different planes people have flown on!

Absolutely agreed. For me, the 753 is just another - albeit longer - 757, so I look more to aircraft like the 328, which is an experience all to itself. Everyone takes a different approach, though, and that's all right.
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:26 pm

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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:22 pm

Well I guess this thread only makes sense if you take into account the year or decade. For example a DC-10 was very easy to fly on until the 90s, but today it is extremely rare and involves a trip to Bangladesh, much harder than the 739s or 764s that some of you mention above for which you can just go on Orbitz and book a day trip to Newark. The other way around, at one point a flight on an A380 was extremely rare when the first photo or press flights took place, but today it is very easy to book yourself on one. So you'll have to include the time, otherwise it makes no sense.

For myself, nothing too spectacular, but I flew on the DC-10 and F-28 in 2011 and on a 727-100 as late as 2001 which is not too bad, and on the FH-27 in 2005, the Fokker 27 built by Fairchild.

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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:45 pm

DC-8-62 (61 built)
720 (154 built)
707-227 (5 built, 4 of which delivered to Braniff, 1 crashed pre-delivery)
747SP (45 built)
Super VC-10 (22 built)
Trident 2 (50 built)
Trident 3 (28 built)
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:51 pm

Offhand, the two rarest airliners I've flown on are the Ilyushin Il-86 with 106 built, and the NAMC YS-11 of which only 82 out of 182 produced were exported out of Japan.
For a variant, its the A345 (34 units manufactured), and I have also flown on KLM's 747 Combi.


Quoting MountainFlyer (Thread starter):
The rarest aircraft I have ever been on (although not flown) is a Beech Starship. One of the only four flying ones called my home airport home, an I was able to sit in cockpit of it thanks the generosity of the owner.

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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:01 pm

For me I guess it would be the BAe 146. With 221 built not counting the Avro RJ version it's not *that* rare compared to other planes people are mentioning, but I believe at the time I flew on them in 2003-2004 there weren't many flying in the USA, so they were rare by that standard.

Other than that I don't think I've flown on anything particularly rare, just a bunch of the common 737 models, A320-200, 757-200, RJs, etc...
 
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:14 pm

Quoting MountainFlyer (Thread starter):
, I have had the opportunity to fly on some relatively rare (compared to their more successful models) aircraft models.

767-400ER - only 38 ever built
737-900 (non-ER) - only 52 ever built
757-300 - only 55 ever built

I disagree with this premise. These three models are just "minor models" (dash numbers) of airplane models that have all sold more than 1000 airplanes. I have trouble calling them rare. They are just derivatives of very popular airline models.

Now the Mercure or 990 was relatively rare.
 
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:36 pm

Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 14):
I'm surprised more people have not flown on Concorde. I flew on G-BOAE on an airline staff deal for $700. Best money I ever spent.

I forgot Concorde in my list. I also used a BA airline staff discount fare JFK-LHR in July 1989. If memory correct it was $499 (possibly $599).
 
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:04 pm

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 23):
I disagree with this premise. These three models are just "minor models" (dash numbers) of airplane models that have all sold more than 1000 airplanes. I have trouble calling them rare. They are just derivatives of very popular airline models.

As I said earlier, this is just a fun, subjective thread, so please don't make it something else. That's fine if you don't consider those rare. I do. 747-400M Combi, 747SP, 737-100, A340-500, A340-200 are all "derivatives of very popular airline models," yet each is unique in their own way, and I've never been on any of them, nor will I ever likely due to their relative rarity.

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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:42 pm

I would say:

B 707-320C
B 727-100
B 737-900 NON ER
B 747SP
B 747-300

DC-8-62
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:42 pm

Lets see.

- Boeing 747-300 (81 built)
- BAe Jetstream J41 (100 built)
- Boeing 717-200 (156 built)

And a couple of maybe's

- Boeing 747-400ER (6 built in pax config)
- Boeing 727-200LR (4 Built) Although I'm lead to believe this was just an internal designation for Ansett's last four 727-200 Adv. frames with extra tankage (and a possible MTOW raise?) not an official Boeing model.
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:59 pm

Quoting vhqpa (Reply 27):
Boeing 747-400ER (6 built in pax config)

I'd completely forgotten that one. I guess I just thought of it as another 747-400 of which there are plenty

Coupled with feedback, I'll amend my list. I've arbitrarily adopt 100 frames as my definition of "rare". That excludes the BAe146 (221) and AvroRJ (166)


74E (6 passenger versions built)
731 (30 - and very rare in 1998!)
764 (38)
762 (flew on my first one in 2012, so rare these days - apparently 64 left in service per Wikipedia)
J41 (100)
ATP (64) - another one I'd forgotten
345 (34)
346 (97)
773 (60)
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:24 pm

Here might be some interesting ones:

DC-8-32
DC-8-52
DC-8-62,63
DC-3
DC-4
DC-6B
DC-10-10, -30
CV 340, 440
CV 880
CV 990
Trident ?
De Havilland Comet 4
BAC 1-11
Caravelle 1 A
Caravelle 10B
Fokker 27
IL 18
TU 134

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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:35 pm

My idea of rarity (USA only):

Precision Airlines Dornier 228
Aspen BAe 146
National L-188
PI YS-11
Trans Central YS-11
ASA Dash 7
Ransome Nord 262
Hawaiian Dash 7
 
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Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:21 pm

I'm going with the real rare, ie no derivatives.

Dassult Mercure, flown back in 1992.
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:47 pm

Quoting AR385 (Reply 26):
B 707-320C
B 727-100

The 707-320C wasn't rare. It was by far the largest-selling 707 model with 337 built, about 1/3 of all 707s.
Neither was the 727-100 which accounted for about 1/3 of 727 production.

Quoting saleya22R (Reply 29):
DC-3

The DC-3 rare? Including the C-47 and license-built variants built in Russia and Japan, around 16,000 were built.
 
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Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:14 am

Quoting Yflyer (Reply 22):
For me I guess it would be the BAe 146. With 221 built not counting the Avro RJ version it's not *that* rare compared to other planes people are mentioning, but I believe at the time I flew on them in 2003-2004 there weren't many flying in the USA, so they were rare by that standard.

Other than that I don't think I've flown on anything particularly rare, just a bunch of the common 737 models, A320-200, 757-200, RJs, etc...

I'm going to have to amend my above post, because it totally slipped my mind that I flew on two MD-90s last year. With 116 built that would definately be the most rare aircraft I've flown on. Ironically though with Delta buying up so many they're probably more common in the USA now than the BAe 146 was when I flew on them.
 
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Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:24 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 32):
The DC-3 rare? Including the C-47 and license-built variants built in Russia and Japan, around 16,000 were built.


OK, more like a curiosity for the young generation then! In fact, many of the aircract in my list used to be pretty mainstream equipment in the 60's and 70's. I forgot the HS748 -more like a curiosity as well I guess..
Would the DC-9-10 series qualify?
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:12 pm

I once flew from Brisbane to Cairns on some domestic Australian turboprop thing, looked almost square, must be quite rare? Have been on a 747SP.
 
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:13 pm

The Dassault Mercure 100, for sure !!!

Only 12 airframe were built, including 2 prototypes. French domestic airline Air Inter was the sole operator of the 10 production aircraft + one of the 2 prototypes, F-BTMD, that was also modified into a commercial version.


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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:19 pm

737-100 here for me is the rarest.

Though the 767-400 is pretty rare too (just not for me...I seem to be on a few every month).
 
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:19 pm

Quoting saleya22R (Reply 34):
Where did you fly with the CV880?

BOS-JFK on TWA in 1967.

Quoting saleya22R (Reply 34):
Surprised you don't have the Viscount.. Viscount 724!

I made at at least a dozen flights on Viscounts, all AC (originally TCA). In fact my very first flight at age 8 or 9 was on a TCA Viscount 724 from Edmonton to Calgary, probably 1956. Thus my A.net user ID.

I didn't consider the Viscount rare with 445 built.
 
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:29 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 32):
The 707-320C wasn't rare. It was by far the largest-selling 707 model with 337 built, about 1/3 of all 707s.
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 32):
The 707-320C wasn't rare. It was by far the largest-selling 707 model with 337 built, about 1/3 of all 707s.
Neither was the 727-100 which accounted for about 1/3 of 727 production.

So. I am sure you can find hundreds of them today at your local airport waiting to board passengers headed all over the world.

Rare is relative.
 
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:18 am

Unfortunately, I've not flown on any particular rare types, so I have to rely on individual models of larger families. In that case, my most rare birds would be the CRJ-440, DC-9-40, and DC-9-50.
 
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:20 am

Quoting AR385 (Reply 39):
Rare is relative.

Yes, but if you look at the OP's first message, he stated the actual number ever built of each type he cites. Not the number of each type currently flying.

In addition to the above, I have also flown on the Trident 2, the Trident 3 and the Super VC-10. Rare? Perhaps ... but if you ever saw LHR in the 1970s, you wouldn't think so. So yes, rare is relative!  
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:43 am

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 13):
I could list Tridents, Vanguards, 731, Comet etc as well.

But really rare are 2 -

Canadair CL44 Swingtail total of 4 flights on that one

and

Dassault Mercure - only 10 build - one flight BOD-ORY (could have been CDG as well, not sure)

Looking at the replies I might add the following:

Trident 2 and 3
Vanguard
Viscount
Comet 4 B
Boeing 737-100
Convair 990 (SR HAM-ZRH)

The JU 52 does not qualify, but i just mention it as well.
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:39 am

A318 (77 built) of TAROM and Air France
A340-200 (28 built) of Austrian Airlines
B737-900 (55 built) of KLM (soon Alaska as well)
B757-300 (55 built) of Delta
B767-400ER (37 built) of Delta
DC-10-40 (42 built) of Northwest
MD-87 (76 built) of Spanair
Saab 2000 (63 built) of Carpatair


So I guess it's the 342. Unless I missed something...
 
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:50 am

Does flying on a clean AF 77W count??!  
300/319/320/321/330/732/733/734/73G/738/744/772/77W/146/EMB135/EMB145
 
AF1624
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:09 pm

MD11

F-50
F-27
F-100

A340-300 (not exactly rare but a dying breed)
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Fabo
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:33 pm

By chance, I flew on the 727 - the last one in service in Europe. I call rare on that.

Other than that, just mainstream variants of the 737, some A320s and MD82/3... boring.
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RyanairGuru
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:07 pm

Quoting sweair (Reply 35):
I once flew from Brisbane to Cairns on some domestic Australian turboprop thing, looked almost square, must be quite rare?

Do you mean a Shorts 360 like http://www.airliners.net/photo/Sunst...d=2b5b3599586db49e5fab3615f5a1397e

The Shorts 360 was surprisingly successful for a British aircraft. It sold significantly better than the J41 and ATP and the same number as the AvroRJ
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airtrainer
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:03 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 19):
Well I guess this thread only makes sense if you take into account the year or decade.

That's right.

My humble list so far...
DC-10 (2001)
737-200 (2001)
737-600 (2003)
MD-87 (2011)
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RE: Rarest Airliner You've Flown On?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:01 pm

Varig Lockheed L188 Electra - 1990

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