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First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 12:29 pm

I was an aviation obsessed 16 year old when I was fortunate enough to travel on Air Canada 747-433 C-GAGN (hence the name) from YYZ to LHR. I was so excited at the thought I had trouble sleeping for weeks before we left. This was my first trans-atlantic flight. I have so many great memories of that flight, from visiting the cockpit in flight to seeing 3 Concordes in one glance at Heathrow. I even persuaded my dad to wait longer in Toronto just to get the flight with the 747.

I'd like to hear some other stories of your first 747 flight, best memory, or even just some rediculous thing you did just so you could fly on one. Thanx!
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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 12:47 pm

My first 747 experience was with now defunct Tower Air. It was summer 1993, SJU-JFK. I was 14 years old. Did not care really for the size of the plane. I just wanted to get home. It was the first time travelling without adults, just my sister (then 12) and I. Well, for starters the flight left late and none the headsets worked for me and there was no hot meal on the flight just a light lunch.

My best experience on a 747 was with Qantas LAX-SYD in May 2000 and it was in Business Class. I totally amazed by the service. We flew over Hawaii and like the total tourist that I am I took a picture of one of the Hawaiian Islands we flew over. Then in March 2001 again LAX-SYD on QF in Business Class, but this time I was in the Upper Deck. Just with that, I could've died and went to heaven. Hmmmmmmmmmm! How much I miss them days.
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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 12:52 pm

Althought I liked flying, I could really care less about airplanes until taxiing at ORD and my older brother yanked me over to the window and said 'See that?..that's the biggest plane in the world, a 747!' And there it was, a massive Continental 747-100 with black globe' bearing down on us (in a DC-9) as it queued up for departure. I was awestruck! I had to get on one! Later on in life and fresh out of basic training (in the military), I decided instead of taking a free MAC (now AMC) flight to Travis AFB, I would pay and fly to Chicago and catch a United 747 from ORD to SFO and bus it Travis. And boy was the thrill worth it!

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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 12:57 pm

It was ORD (or LAX, dunno have to ask my mom again) to NRT on a UA 742 in 91.
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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 1:07 pm

My first 747 experience was 2 weeks ago when I went to SFO from DEN. I took N179UA, and it was a substitution for a 777, it was great! On the way back, the next day I walked into the same airplane, and again it was an equipment sub. I was so happy!

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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 1:23 pm

I was 8 years old and it was an NZ 742 LAX-AKL. That was some sight to see sitting at the gate, and getting inside and seeing 10 seats in a row. Very fun and exciting experience, not to mention long takeoff roll!
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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 1:38 pm

My first 747 flight was from San Francisco to Okinawa (via Hawaii and Guam) in 1978 on a Pan Am 747 (probably a 200 series). She was big, it was very late (after 11pm pacific time), I was seven years old and was as wide eyed as ever looking at it. I still have some very vivid memories of that flight today, especially since it was so long. That and the flight back on a NW 742 are the only two 747 flights I have ever been on and I hope to take one more in the not too distant future.
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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 1:43 pm

DTW-NRT on June 1st, 1998. It was my first time on a 747-400. I never really appreciated its size until I deplaned using stairs in PEK once.
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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 3:31 pm

Mine was in May 1985, on a JL 747-200 from SIN-NRT. Until then the biggest I'd been in was MH A300. Amazing, the 3-4-3, and the length of the fuselage.... Yeah, at that time, the movie screen was a novelty (at least for someone who'd never been in a plane with one).

A few days later, it was another JL 747-200 from NRT to HNL, followed by a UA 747-100/200 HNL-LAX yet a few days later. After a couple of weeks, it was JL 747-200 from YVR to NRT, and then to HKG. Woo hoo, my Christmases had come all at once!

Well, that was at a time when the 747 was the absolute must-fly (it probably still is for many people.....), and the DC10 was the No. 2. Today? Well, the 777 has become my No. 1, but I remember the "romance" of flying the 747, and would still like to fly on it.
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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 9:08 pm

My first flight on the B747 was on a SQ B744 to Hong kong Kai Tak back in 1995. At that time I wasn't really interested in planes despite flying a few times before. I never knew anything about the famous approach into Kai Tak (too late to realise now!).

But it was that flight, that plane, that got me into aviation! I can't describe that feeling of flying onboard the B747... It just gets you in awe when it powers up for take off and even the way it rides the bumps in the air, it just feels different from every other plane I've flown.

It's era might be replaced by the coming A380 or with more viariants of the B777 but nothing appeals more to me than flying on the B747. It's got to be my favourite plane, yesterday, today and forever more....

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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 9:12 pm

My first 747-100 experience was in July 71 on Air Canada YUL-CDG. I was 12 years old and already going nuts about airplanes. I could not sleep weeks before departure. Duri9ng the flight, I counted the windows, the seats, the passengers. I even stole napkins, soaps, everything I could possibly keep as a souvenir. The worst thing is that I got caught at the customs with approximately 25 soaps.Fortunately, the gents laughed and told me I would certainly be clean during my stay in France. By the way, the 747-100 seat configuration was 2-4-3. I guess things have change since.


RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 9:13 pm

1974 from FRA via KHI and BKK to HKG on Lufthansa's 1st 747-100: D-ABYA .
In 1974 LH 642 departured FRA 3 x a week for TYO via south-east-asia and always lots of free seats. For 707 route had too much passengers and so Lufthansa had 747 till DC 10 joined LH-fleet.
Before DC 10 Lufthansa had biggest pure-Boeing-fleet outside USA for years.
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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 9:57 pm

1988, MAN-AMS on a QF 742.
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RE: First 747 Flight

Sat Sep 13, 2003 10:20 pm

I have been on two 747s, one in 2000 and one in 2002. The first was an Air France 747-200, flying from EWR to CDG2. The food was good, the service was good, and they provided a very nice bag with eye patches and other accessories designed to increase comfort in-flight, but there was a draft blowing on myself and my mother for the entire flight, that caused us to have recurring colds and sore throats for the duration of our month-long trip through Europe.

In 2002 I flew a BA 747-400 from LAX to LHR. Nice flight, good food, but even with a bulkhead seat, the seat pitch left much to be desired. Still, I have endured worse flights. I was, inspite of the discomfort, able to sleep (much to my suprise). Should I fly BA again I might splurge a bit and upgrade to World Traveller Plus (although I personally consider the $200 upgrade fee to be excessive, if the airline lowered the fee to $140 or so they might make more money as a result of greater use of the World Traveller Plus cabin, on our flight there were far fewer people in World Traveller Plus than in the main World Traveller cabin).

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RE: First 747 Flight

Sun Sep 14, 2003 12:00 am

My first 747 flight came when I was a little kid in November 1983. It was a BA 747-236B flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne. I remember being so thrilled by the fact that I was riding on a giant that I started walking around with my brother to explore every corner of the jumbo. Oh I remember getting some kid's stuff from the FAs, it was a coloring book or something like that right after meal...boy as a kid it was fun-fun.

In 1984 I had one of my most memorable flight on a 747. This time flying from Kuala Lumpur to London via Bahrain on, again, BA. Boarding the aircaft itself was fun to me this time around. After checking in at Terminal 2 at Subang we were bused to the waiting -236B. I remember queuing up to climb up the open air stairs. Two things frightened me that time. The first was the sight of a MH Fokker F.27-500 and its giant propellers that was parked not far from the 747. You know as a kid you have this damn phobia of being chopped off by one! The second was climbing up the stairs which will give you the ultimate view of the no.2 Rolls Royce engine up close. Now that to me then looked like a blender waiting to grind you up! I must have looked really pathetic then walking up the stairs with one hand on my face blocking the sight of the engines and the Fokker. Well this flight was memorable as I got to visit the cockpit. Those British pilots were jolly fellas. It was near Christmas time and those pilots had their Christmas party hats on! I was standing right behind the captains seat and peering out into the darkness.
Ooh what memories.
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RE: First 747 Flight

Sun Sep 14, 2003 1:08 pm

The Day was 26 June, 1995. A skinny chanteuse from Canada with poker straight greasy hair was all the rave with an album called Jagged Little Pill. Bill and Hillary were in the White House; on TV, Seinfeld and Melrose Place were airing first run episodes and yours truly took his first flight on a 747-100. Tower Air Flight #41 JFK-MIA. This bird was an oldie but goody. I noticed that it once flew under the Rock promoter airline (Virgin Atlantic). The interior was straight out of 1970. Even the upper deck looked like the cabin where the Brady kids flew to Hawaii. (LOL) A great flight! Too short. The following Sunday I flew back on Tower Air Flight #44 MIA to JFK. This 747 was slightly newer. Originally a Continental bird with the gold livery! This 747-200's cabin was patterned after the early L-1011 passenger cabins. Now this flight was even faster. Believe it or not, this flight clocked in a little shy of two hours!
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This round trip was for my honeymoon. Unfortunately, both my marriage and Tower Air are now historical footnotes. Oh well, stuff happens. Though both 747's had seen better days, I was very impressed with the smooth ride and quiet environment. I was used to flying on noisy 727's (Eastern and Delta).
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