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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:28 pm

My real answer would be "any of them", but if I had to narrow it down I think I would pick an early 707 or DC-8 with the original turbojets as opposed to the turbofans that were used later. Runners up would be the Concorde, Comet (If, as someone else mentioned, I could be guaranteed a safe flight. Maybe keep it below 10,000 feet and don't pressurize the cabin), and L-1011.
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:25 pm

Yflyer wrote:
My real answer would be "any of them", but if I had to narrow it down I think I would pick an early 707 or DC-8 with the original turbojets as opposed to the turbofans that were used later. Runners up would be the Concorde, Comet (If, as someone else mentioned, I could be guaranteed a safe flight. Maybe keep it below 10,000 feet and don't pressurize the cabin), and L-1011.

I am a little bit worried by the two people who query the safety of flying in a Comet.
If you are talking about the Comet 1, then you have a valid point.
If you are talking about the Comet 4, then it's safety record is as good as many.

Fun fact; Dan-Air (of London) operated the world's largest fleet of de Havilland Comets and was the last in the world to operate them. Dan-Air hoovered up every available second hand Comet that appeared on the market, and thus built a 49-strong Comet fleet between 1966 and 1976. Indeed at the end they owned every single remaining airworthy Comet.
If 49 doesn't sound much by today's standards, note that only 114 Comets were built in total, including the ill-fated Mk1s, and 12 RAF Mk2s.
It would be the equivalent of one airline flying 49 CV-880/CV-990, and continuing to operate them years after everyone else had retired the type.
Basically Dan-Air were to Comets, what Emirates is to A380s. And I bet any number of you have never even heard of them...... (Dan-Air, not Emirates.... :lol: )

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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:45 pm

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
I am a little bit worried by the two people who query the safety of flying in a Comet.
If you are talking about the Comet 1, then you have a valid point.
If you are talking about the Comet 4, then it's safety record is as good as many.


Although I wasn't very clear, I was in fact thinking of the Comet 1. I figure if you're going to fly on a historical aircraft it should be the earliest version, since that's the one that's the most historically significant.
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:21 am

CL-44J with Loftleidir, maybe the 707, DC-8, DC-10, Tu 114 and 144
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:21 am

A Spitfire, with me at the controls. If civilian aircraft only, probably a 727, again with me at the controls.

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
Basically Dan-Air were to Comets, what Emirates is to A380s. And I bet any number of you have never even heard of them...... (Dan-Air, not Emirates.... :lol: )


I know them, grew up with a ton of photos of Dan Air planes on my wall. Mostly those sweet looking 727s though, not Comets.
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:10 pm

1. Lockheed L188 Electra (actually, flew one once in 1967, on National Airlines, MSY-PNS-TPA);
2. Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (again, actually flew one once, on Pan Am, SFO-HNL, but I was only 5 years old :-))
3. Sud Caravelle
4. Lockheed 1049G Super Constellation.
5. DeHavilland Comet
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:50 pm

DC-3, 707, 727, BAC One-Eleven, DC-10, L-1011
 
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Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:26 pm

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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:54 am

Concorde
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:53 am

Concorde, 707, Comet, early 747, A300.
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:47 am

Concorde and L1011 (although I've flown on it a few times, years ago).
 
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Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:31 pm

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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:03 pm

Concorde, Convair 990, VC-10, DC-7
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:25 am

Due to my age and very high flight mileage my bucket list is rather small, the TU144, Handley page herald, DC-2, Grumman Goose and on a Convair 880 or 990 whichever one I missed. I've had my share of business jets but I'd love to take a really long trip on one like a G5 or Global Express although they don't count in this thread.
I so want to fly on SCAT one day!
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:27 pm

Airliner from pre WW2:
Focke Wulff Fw-200

Post WW2:
Avro Lancastrian
De Havilland Comet
TU-114
Vickers Vanguard
Vickers Viscount (just missed it when Virgin used them as Feeder "grrr")
H.P. Dart Herald
H.S. 121 Trident
Flying is not inherently dangerous but it is very unforgiving in case of carelessness, incapacity or neglect.
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Tue May 01, 2018 9:41 pm

Concorde without doubt.

Classic mistake...one day I'll try it, plenty of time. Left it too late in the end. Taught me a lesson.

Apart from Concorde. DC8, 707 and Tristar worth a mention too.
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu May 03, 2018 9:39 am

L1011 and VC10 for me at first
then Concorde DC8
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu May 03, 2018 10:32 am

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
Yflyer wrote:
My real answer would be "any of them", but if I had to narrow it down I think I would pick an early 707 or DC-8 with the original turbojets as opposed to the turbofans that were used later. Runners up would be the Concorde, Comet (If, as someone else mentioned, I could be guaranteed a safe flight. Maybe keep it below 10,000 feet and don't pressurize the cabin), and L-1011.

I am a little bit worried by the two people who query the safety of flying in a Comet.
If you are talking about the Comet 1, then you have a valid point.
If you are talking about the Comet 4, then it's safety record is as good as many.

Fun fact; Dan-Air (of London) operated the world's largest fleet of de Havilland Comets and was the last in the world to operate them. Dan-Air hoovered up every available second hand Comet that appeared on the market, and thus built a 49-strong Comet fleet between 1966 and 1976. Indeed at the end they owned every single remaining airworthy Comet.
If 49 doesn't sound much by today's standards, note that only 114 Comets were built in total, including the ill-fated Mk1s, and 12 RAF Mk2s.
It would be the equivalent of one airline flying 49 CV-880/CV-990, and continuing to operate them years after everyone else had retired the type.
Basically Dan-Air were to Comets, what Emirates is to A380s. And I bet any number of you have never even heard of them...... (Dan-Air, not Emirates.... :lol: )

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Dan Air introduced me to air travel!

My first flights were with Dan Air on a school trip to Greece in 1986.

Though no Comets on that trip.
A318/19/20/21/30/40. B717/27/37/47/57/67/77/87. CRJ2/7. ERJ145/175/190. FKR50. IL62. MD11/82/83/88. TU154.
AA AC AF AI AR AS AT AV AZ BA BW BY CO DA DL F9 FR JJ KL LH MA NW NZ OS RG SU TK U2 UA US VS WN
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu May 03, 2018 11:11 pm

For me it would be a TWA Constellation. Second choice would be a Pan American flying boat.
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Fri May 04, 2018 8:18 am

My first choice would be the Shorts S23 "Empire" class flying boat [Not the S25, I've flown those :-)]
Second choice would be the B707, preferably the 138 version. [How did I miss that???]
Third choice would be Concord.

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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Fri May 04, 2018 12:28 pm

MD-11. Since cargo doesn’t count.
A319 A320 A321 A332 A333 B738 B739 B742 B744 B752 B763 B77W B788 B789 Q400 CRJ700
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Fri May 04, 2018 1:19 pm

I would like to fly a 727 again and on a TWA Connie.
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Fri May 04, 2018 7:34 pm

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