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Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:15 pm

Hi dear fellow A.netters,

I am trying to reach out to people who have flown on rare and/or extinct aircraft types, to see what they recall and what flying those types as a pilot or passenger was like...

A clarification: by RARE (extinct) type I do not mean things like the 732, or the DC9, which I don't (yet) consider as old/rare/extinct... Sorry! :-)

I am referring to more exotic types such as the CL-44, the Britannia, the Argonaut...or anything that is indeed exotic, rare, peculiar... maybe something like the VFW-614?!

I am particularly curious to see if anyone over here has flown the Tu-114, the Ant-10, the Tu-124...

Thanks and regards,

Danny
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:25 pm

Do you count in the PC-6? If yes, having served in the Swiss Air Force certainly helped me to achieve this ... :D
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:28 pm

Ok the 732 and DC-9 are rare in 2018. Maybe in 2006 they weren't but now there are extremely few left. If you fly on one of those nowadays you're part of an elite.
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:46 pm

I flew TU154M and an IL18 but I don´t know if these count. Anyway it has been a pretty standard experience on board both types, apart from a general run-down look.
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:49 pm

Well being born in 1966 I was lucky to catch some (now rare) birds. Can’t recollect flying on the 707 as a 6 month old in 1967 but have vivid memories of the Caravelle and the L-1011 both from LTU 1969-77. A CV990 on a return trip from LPA with Spantax was quite unnerving since their track record wasn’t the best. To say these were literally the golden days of the passenger experience is a solid understatement. The Caravelle’s super comfy seats felt like a living room armchair as actually did the ones on the TriStar (my fav memory and bird hence my profile pic) Even for such proclaimed leisure carriers these were miles ahead of what we have to endure in eco these days.


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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:58 pm

Was a passenger on the Ford Trimotor back in 1971
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:04 pm

What about Saab 2000
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:17 pm

Ju-52, Boeing Stearman, Boeing 727-100, Douglas DC-3 and -7, Shorts Skyvan among others. Rare enough for you?
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:23 pm

B777LRF wrote:
Ju-52, Boeing Stearman, Boeing 727-100, Douglas DC-3 and -7, Shorts Skyvan among others. Rare enough for you?

Ju-52, Boeing Stearman,Douglas DC-3 and -7, Shorts Skyvan

Yes these would qualify as rare to me! :geek: :yes: But let's skip the 727, allright? ;-)

can you elaborate on what flying on those types was like?

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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:23 pm

Many years ago I flew in and stretched fuselage turboprop Beech 18 operated by Allegheny Commuter. I also was a passenger on board a Nord 262 and the re-engined version called the Mohawk 298. They may not be considered "rare", but their numbers in the USA were quite limited.
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:24 pm

springtx wrote:
Was a passenger on the Ford Trimotor back in 1971


Wow, COOL!!! ...Scenic perhaps?

What was that like?? Noisy???

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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:25 pm

I had the rare opportunity of walking through a TWA Convair 880 in the new Kansas City Airport (MCI) in 1972 or 1973. (This was just before they phased them out completely) That's about as exotic as any aircraft I've encountered.
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:25 pm

EWRandMDW wrote:
Many years ago I flew in and stretched fuselage turboprop Beech 18 operated by Allegheny Commuter. I also was a passenger on board a Nord 262 and the re-engined version called the Mohawk 298. They may not be considered "rare", but their numbers in the USA were quite limited.


Oh, wow, yeah, the famous Nord 262...rare indeed! FUN!!! AND the Mohawk 298...super rare!!!
Please, tell me... what were they like?
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:26 pm

mbmbos wrote:
I had the rare opportunity of walking through a TWA Convair 880 in the new Kansas City Airport (MCI) in 1972 or 1973. (This was just before they phased them out completely) That's about as exotic as any aircraft I've encountered.


Indeed that's pretty exotic. I only flew the 990A once as a kid.
Do you recall what the cabin was like?
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:28 pm

LTU1011 wrote:
Well being born in 1966 I was lucky to catch some (now rare) birds. Can’t recollect flying on the 707 as a 6 month old in 1967 but have vivid memories of the Caravelle and the L-1011 both from LTU 1969-77. A CV990 on a return trip from LPA with Spantax was quite unnerving since their track record wasn’t the best. To say these were literally the golden days of the passenger experience is a solid understatement. The Caravelle’s super comfy seats felt like a living room armchair as actually did the ones on the TriStar (my fav memory and bird hence my profile pic) Even for such proclaimed leisure carriers these were miles ahead of what we have to endure in eco these days.


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NICE!! :checkmark:

Always loved both the Caravelle (sehr elegant!) and the TriStar too. Die LTU Stewardessin waren immer sehr net u elegant!

What did you think of the Caravelle??
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:29 pm

Loew wrote:
I flew TU154M and an IL18 but I don´t know if these count. Anyway it has been a pretty standard experience on board both types, apart from a general run-down look.


The IL-18!!!! Wow..love that!!!
Please, can you elaborate on your memories..??
When, where, which airline... etc..

Thanks!!
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:29 pm

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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:31 pm

OA940 wrote:
Ok the 732 and DC-9 are rare in 2018. Maybe in 2006 they weren't but now there are extremely few left. If you fly on one of those nowadays you're part of an elite.


Err, no, sorry.
I've flown thousands of miles on those two types. Not my kind of exotic and rare.
But thanks.
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:31 pm

Ok, my two will be de Douglas DC-3 and the Fairchild FH-227. I know a few are still flying in some remote areas, but hey, is not like you can go to any website and book a flight on one of those today.

My memories will be very faint in the DC-3, I was 2 or 3 y.o. at the time, but I remember the square windows, the noise was really something and I was more excited than my family. Was about 13 or 14 y.o when I flew on the FH-227, obviously much more comfortable and smooth than the DC-3. I loved the sound of the engines, I was on a window seat right next to the propeller of the engine N° 2.


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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:34 pm

uta999 wrote:
BAF Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair (Lydd)
UTA DC-8 series 30/50/60s (Le Bourget)
AF Caravelle (Le Bourget)
UTA DC-10 Series 30 (CDG)
Wardair 741 (LGW)
CalAir DC-10 Series 10 (LGW)
Qantas 742 (LHR)
BA 741 (JFK)
Egyptair 707 (CAI)



Oh man, you've melted my butter!!! :bouncy:

Please, go ahead with sharing some of your memories... The AF Caravelle, The UTA dc-8 and the Carvair at Lydd!!! wondering what those cabins looked like, and what flying in the far back of the clumsy Carvair was like!!!
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:35 pm

DC3, Vickers Viscount, Concorde, B720, HS748
How's that??
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:36 pm

Gonzalo wrote:
Ok, my two will be de Douglas DC-3 and the Fairchild FH-227. I know a few are still flying in some remote areas, but hey, is not like you can go to any website and book a flight on one of those today.

My memories will be very faint in the DC-3, I was 2 or 3 y.o. at the time, but I remember the square windows, the noise was really something and I was more excited than my family. Was about 13 or 14 y.o when I flew on the FH-227, obviously much more comfortable and smooth than the DC-3. I loved the sound of the engines, I was on a window seat right next to the propeller of the engine N° 2.


Rgds.

G.


Thanks Gonzalo.
Agree: nothing beats the whine of a RR Dart! it still gets me excited to this day!

I love it when people share their memories!
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:38 pm

Aviaphile wrote:
DC3, Vickers Viscount, Concorde, B720, HS748
How's that??

Mmm...that is very nice and tasty!! Please, do let us know what flying those types was like for you! Memories, sensations, smells, anything striking that comes up from down memory lane...!! tell us about those big oval windows of the Viscount...

Thank you
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:38 pm

What about rare variants. Like the 737-600 and 747SP or A318?

There's also planes they didn't make many of that are simply easy to get on since they are stable members of a fleet with good breadth, like the 767-400 and 757-300.

There's also aircraft that are/were rare in most of the world but common in another, like the AN-26, Harbin Y-12, BAe 146, BAe ATP, Vanguard, Trident, IL-62 (and I guess most Soviet aircraft), CASA 212, Fokker 70, Fokker 50, Dornier 228 (I wrote this from an American perspective, but from a European perspective those might be the 720, Beech 1900, EMB-120.

There's also aircraft that they made a fair amount of but didn't last long in passenger service, like the 328JET, Comet, Caravelle, Shorts 360, DHC-7.
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:41 pm

The rarest plane I've flown must have been a Thai 743 and the AF 318
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:42 pm

My first and only experience on an "exotic" Ozark FH-227 was as an unaccompanied minor (probably 8 or 9), flying from ORD to PIA to visit my aunt & uncle. I recall being simultaneously terrified and mesmerized by that giant noisy spinning thing right outside my window.
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:47 pm

My rare types are Tu-134, Tu-154B & M, Tu-204-100, -300 & -100 with RR engines, Il-18, Il-62M (including three legs domestic in Iran), Il-76, Il-86, Il-96, Yak-40 & -42, An-12, An-24, An-26, An-74, and rarest Soviet/eastern type is the Iran-140.

For western stuff it’s the 707, DC-8-62, 747SP, Concorde. Probably a few others I’ve forgotten. (Does the GAF Nomad count?!) Cheers!
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:48 pm

oldannyboy wrote:
LTU1011 wrote:
Well being born in 1966 I was lucky to catch some (now rare) birds. Can’t recollect flying on the 707 as a 6 month old in 1967 but have vivid memories of the Caravelle and the L-1011 both from LTU 1969-77. A CV990 on a return trip from LPA with Spantax was quite unnerving since their track record wasn’t the best. To say these were literally the golden days of the passenger experience is a solid understatement. The Caravelle’s super comfy seats felt like a living room armchair as actually did the ones on the TriStar (my fav memory and bird hence my profile pic) Even for such proclaimed leisure carriers these were miles ahead of what we have to endure in eco these days.

NICE!! :checkmark:
Always loved both the Caravelle (sehr elegant!) and the TriStar too. Die LTU Stewardessin waren immer sehr net u elegant!
What did you think of the Caravelle??


I really loved it especially the huge windows. I think a lot of folks did or do not give it enough credit (as opposed to Condor's/Hapag Lloyd's 727). To me it really looked elegant and powerful at the same time, and the comfort level was unrivalled imho. We mainly flew to LPA and the conditions while not terrible with wind shears or too much heat, demanded a poweful takeoff which she always delivered. Combine that with boarding from the tail stairs, the joyride of our lives. My absolute highlight as a boy were the (frequent) cockpit visits in the air. Once over the bay of biscay the captain (sitting on his lap - but yeah nothing like Captain Oveur as in Airplane! haha I was only 7 or 8) let us push a button on the FMC of the TriStar and it made a very gentle roll to the right - we were in heaven. My own aspirations being 6.3 at age 14 already, of becoming a pilot were still born though. Maybe still time to get a PPL :) Edits typos and age cockpit visits.
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:51 pm

oldannyboy wrote:
Aviaphile wrote:
DC3, Vickers Viscount, Concorde, B720, HS748
How's that??

Mmm...that is very nice and tasty!! Please, do let us know what flying those types was like for you! Memories, sensations, smells, anything striking that comes up from down memory lane...!! tell us about those big oval windows of the Viscount...

Thank you

The huge oval windows on the Viscount were in direct contrast to the not much bigger than a 20's pack of cigarettes windows on the Concorde. On the Viscount you didn't need to lean into the window to see out. It was so big - extending from one's hips to above the shoulder. You just had to turn your he head towards the window to get an extensive view! In contrast, in the Concorde you had to really press your nose against the window to be able to see out. The deep blue/black colour of the sky was a lasting impression.
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:55 pm

oldannyboy wrote:
mbmbos wrote:
I had the rare opportunity of walking through a TWA Convair 880 in the new Kansas City Airport (MCI) in 1972 or 1973. (This was just before they phased them out completely) That's about as exotic as any aircraft I've encountered.


Indeed that's pretty exotic. I only flew the 990A once as a kid.
Do you recall what the cabin was like?


It had old overhead bins; the kind you find on buses and trains - not fully enclosed. Also, I remember the passageway between First and Coach was V shaped - wider at the top than at the bottom. The seat cushions had a 70s vibe to them - reds, oranges and gold. Since it was headed to retirement it looked a little worn around the edges. I also remember it felt distinctly smaller inside than a 707.

That's all I remember.
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:07 pm

Caravelle, BAC111, Martin 404, Boeing 707, Boeing 720, DC8-50, Convair 440, Convair 880, and Vickers Viscount.
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:14 pm

How about the MD90? Sure it’s still operated by DL but there were only 116 ever built. Flew one SLC-PDX in the mid 2000s, just like an MD80 series but MUCH quieter!
Bae 146? Also not many built, 387 in all (including RJ85/100)
Flew one ORD-ATW-ORD in the early 2000s. Sat right at the wing, the high wing and 4 engines were an odd sight! I remember slowing and exiting the runway pretty fast!
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:16 pm

Should also add, went for a ride on a B17 last spring with my dad from HIO in the Portland area. Rode in the bombardiers seat, truly once in a lifetime and well worth the cost!
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:21 pm

PDX757 wrote:
How about the MD90? Sure it’s still operated by DL but there were only 116 ever built. Flew one SLC-PDX in the mid 2000s, just like an MD80 series but MUCH quieter!
Bae 146? Also not many built, 387 in all (including RJ85/100)
Flew one ORD-ATW-ORD in the early 2000s. Sat right at the wing, the high wing and 4 engines were an odd sight! I remember slowing and exiting the runway pretty fast!

I did PDX-MSP-PDX on Delta's MD90 around a year ago. Kinda odd that Delta is still keeping those arounx, TBH.
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:24 pm

FA9295 wrote:
PDX757 wrote:
How about the MD90? Sure it’s still operated by DL but there were only 116 ever built. Flew one SLC-PDX in the mid 2000s, just like an MD80 series but MUCH quieter!
Bae 146? Also not many built, 387 in all (including RJ85/100)
Flew one ORD-ATW-ORD in the early 2000s. Sat right at the wing, the high wing and 4 engines were an odd sight! I remember slowing and exiting the runway pretty fast!

I did PDX-MSP-PDX on Delta's MD90 around a year ago. Kinda odd that Delta is still keeping those arounx, TBH.

They’re paid for! They won’t be around for long however. Small global fleet = poor parts availability.
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:50 pm

I flew on an Ozark Martin 404 from Cedar Rapids Iowa to MSP in 1965. The only thing distinctive about the aircraft was that you board the aircraft by an aft entry staircase. The flight was uneventful. :old:
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:02 pm

I know several on this site have had the luxury to fly Concorde (JEALOUS! :-) ) but has anyone here ever flown on the TU-144 during its very limited commercial run? I'd be VERY CURIOUS to hear what that was like.

springtx wrote:
Was a passenger on the Ford Trimotor back in 1971


I had the luxury to fly on a Trimotor on a joy ride around the pattern at the Kalamazoo (MI) airport (visiting aircraft to the air museum). It was short flight but a lot of fun. Also had the chance to do an enthusiast's flight in a C-47 here ay Meacham airport in Fort Worth.
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:31 pm

I've done the Ford Trimotor flight as well. It was basically a 20 minute joyride around Sacramento. The EAA had two of them that do tours around the US every year offering "experience" flights, so even though they are technically rare it's not all that hard to get a flight on one.
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:52 pm

I got a free ride on a DC-3 about 13 years ago.
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:48 pm

I enjoyed my birthday in 1982 on 4 legs of a DC3 cargo run. I have also flown on the B-25 twice,once in the cockpit. 2 different Ford trimotors.
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:17 pm

I'm seeing a small contradiction here - is rarity a sliding scale based on age? In which case surely the qualifying flight should also slide with it, given that the DC-3 is counted but at 607 built there's a considerable number of types that were and remain technically rarer, like the DC-8 (556), L-1011 (250), MD-11 (200), Jetstream 41 (100), and as mentioned before even the A318 at 80.

Of course it depends too on how pedantic you want to be about subtypes...

Anyway I know you'll disqualify it for all manner of reasons but I've made two flights on two different 747-400ERs, which account for 33% of the six ever built :p

Beyond that I fear the best I can do is a flight each on one of FQ's JS41s (1 of 100) and one of WX'x Avro RJ85s (1 of 87).
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:00 pm

The rarest for me was An-140
Other notable types are Let-410, Saab-2000 and Il-96-300.
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:39 pm

A Qantas 747-400ER... the ERs were not exactly common place.
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:43 pm

I'm looking forward to a Boeing Stearman flight in the near future and trying to convince my wife to let me fly on Doc the recently restored B29.. Unfortunately the price to fly on doc right now is a little steep for just 30 minutes in the bombardier seat (1500 bucks) but you can fly in the rear gunner position for 600$.
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:26 pm

XAM2175 wrote:
I've made two flights on two different 747-400ERs, which account for 33% of the six ever built :p

Only 767-400ER were built. There are no 767-400 non ER.

Rare aircraft I flew (for me) :
A318
A320-100
IL18
IL62
IL96
MD87
F50
F70
F100
767-400ER
Emb-120
Do328 (prop)
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:43 pm

nicode wrote:
XAM2175 wrote:
I've made two flights on two different 747-400ERs, which account for 33% of the six ever built :p

Only 767-400ER were built. There are no 767-400 non ER.


There were however 648 non-ER examples built of the 747-400 ;)
 
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:08 pm

oldannyboy:
How about a Shorts S25 flying boat!
See trip report: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=971229&p=13009481&hilit=gemuser#p13009481

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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:33 pm

XAM2175 wrote:
I'm seeing a small contradiction here - is rarity a sliding scale based on age?


My personal definition is that rarity is based on the number of airworthy examples in existence at the time you flew on it, not just the total number built. So if there were 1000 aircraft built, but at this point 995 of them have been scrapped, and you fly on one of the 5 remaining examples, then you flew on a rare plane. If you flew on one several decades ago when all 1000 were in service, then you did not.

Obviously there's going to be a correlation with age, as more planes will be scrapped as they get older. And there will be in inverse correlation with the number built, as it will take longer for the majority of them to be scrapped when more were built in the first place.
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:13 pm

in 74 or 75, I've made a return flight Dubrovnik/Istambul in an Aviogenex TU134. At this time, it was not a rare bird ....except for westerners. It was my first flight ever. Unfortunately, I was too young to enjoy, and the only thing I remember is the bad weather and turbulences on the return flight.

in 89 and 90, I've made 2 flights on a French Air force DC8-72. (CDG-PPT and return) and several flights in three different Caravelle 11R (only 6 built.. is it rare enough?) Flights between PPT and NTTX

still in 90, a return trip PPT-IPC-SCL with a LAN Chile 707.

it is thanks to these flights that I enjoyed as a PAX that I decided to work for airlines (but on the ground)

my first civilian job was with a regional pax airline in CDG. For 3 month, we contracted a cargo Handley Page Dart Herald from Channel Express.for a daily CDG-BRU-CDG ops. a rare bird from the 60s. One day, in 1991, after loading the aircraft, the captain asked me if I wanted to fly with them . I was young and crazy (stupid?) . And of course, I said YES!!!

there was no extra seat in the cockpit . The only seat available was in the cabin, facing bags of mail. The captain told me that if I wanted to see something, the only solution was to stand on a step at the entrance of the cokpit, and to hold myself to the 2 pilots seats ! In this case, of course, no safety belt, no nice seat, no IFE.... But a lot of fun (except the arrival in CDG, with a lot of fog. very impressive, a night arrival in the fog....)

in 93, I had a flight between STN and LBG on a short 360. very surprised when I saw the "shoe box". And finally, I enjoyed the sapce on board.

that's all for my rare birds.
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:46 pm

XAM2175 wrote:
There were however 648 non-ER examples built of the 747-400 ;)

I’m sorry ! I read too fast ! I read 767 and not 747 :banghead:

teva wrote:
and several flights in three different Caravelle 11R (only 6 built.. is it rare enough?) Flights between PPT and NTTX

Those flights were for French atomic bomb tests ?

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