The 747 was the first widebody airplane I flew in as a kid. The routing was OKC-STL-LGA > transfer to JFK > JFK-LHR-BOM. The plane on the JFK-LHR-BOM legs was an Air India 747-200B, with the PW JT9D engines. It really instilled the "fantasy of flight" in me and basically transformed me from being a nervous-nelly to an aviation freak, and remains my favourite airliner to date.
Over the course of flying between India and the States in the 26 some-odd years later, I would be lucky to fly in the 747-100, -200 and -400 on various ocacasions. I am also lucky to have flown in 747s equipped with engines from all three manufacturers (PW JT9D, GE CF6-80 and RR RB 211-524). My latest 747 flights were in the BA 744, and I even got to sit in front of the wing on one of the legs (and see the engines in action - what a treat!).
So here's a recap of my flights in the 74':
747-100 (Air France) | Flew in this only once - in November 1997, BOM-CDG. My first time being at CDG (back when it had three runways). That was also when I flew in the Air France 767-300ER to IAH (my connection), but then I digress. I clearly remember the takeoff roll in this one at BOM. The PF set takeoff power, then released the brakes. I was pinned to the seat back! The characteristic whine of the JT9Ds was also audible as I was sitting near the leading edge of the wing. Only thing was the "window" seat I was in was actually at the spot where there is no window. I had to lean forward a ways to get any view from the window in front! Still enjoyed the flight though.
747-200 (Air India, Lufthansa) | With Air India multiple times in the late '80s/early '90s (AI 101/102, AI 111/112). The 101/102 flights would ply the then-famous BOM-LHR-JFK-LHR-BOM sector, and if memory serves me well, AI 111/112 was the same only with an additional stop at DEL. With LH, back in late 2000/early 2001 (FRA-BOM, BOM-FRA).
747-400 (Lufthansa, British Airways) | With LH, multiple times between FRA and BOM. With BA, the first time, from LHR to BOM and back, early last year.
Hope to continue my 747 travels, now with the 748Is! My favourite airliner, but then again, my username pretty much gives that away.