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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:43 am

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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 ?[/quote]


Yes. at that time ,service was still mandatory. I did it in the Air force, and I ended in NTTX. and my job was to do the check-in for the Caravelle, exactly like in any civilian airport (2/3 of my pax were civilian: scientists, cooks, construction workers, ...)

I was in charge of the check-in for helicopters too. We had Alouettes 3 and Super Pumas. I had the chace to do a couple of flights too. one of those flights was a training for helihoisting. I was playing the "victim" in the lagoon. Very impressive.
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:44 am

Bristol Freighter. In the back with 3 cars up front. Lydd to Le Touquet circ 1960’s
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:24 am

Saunders ST-27 (Dh heron converted from 4 pistons to 2 pt-6). I think only 10 or 11 built(long ago memories)
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:54 am

Greetings Folks, for what is worth here is my contribution.
Shorts Sandringham (flying boat)
Fokker F27
Convair 240
Vickers Viscount 700
Douglass DC 4
Boeing 707 & SP
Douglass DC 10.30
And the best of them all The L1011.500 (if it can be considered" Rare")
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:27 am

rare types depends of when you flew them.

For example I flew a DC10 in 2013, a 743 in 2010 a F70 in 2016. at that type, those were considered as rare type. But the same types 20 years earlier would not have been consider as rare
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:06 am

Grumman Goose. Takeoff was a blast. She world lumber through the water until she finally got up to speed. You could feel the resistance fall away taken she finally got airborne, almost as if the aircraft itself was breathing a sigh of relief.

Landing was quite the opposite. No strain, no stress, just... settling into the waves.
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:58 am

Flew on a Gulfstream G-1C in 1990. Only 5 of the type built (stretch -159) A very tight cabin with narrow seats. Smooth ride but a little noisy inside with those Rolls Royce Dart engines.
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:43 am

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

Gemuser


Wow! Amazing story there Gemuser! Thank you so much. Lord Howe must be a spectacular place! Lucky you to have been able to combine that with a flight on the S25, back in the golden days of aviation.... :-)
Thank You
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:54 am

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Viajero wrote:
Flew on a Gulfstream G-1C in 1990. Only 5 of the type built (stretch -159) A very tight cabin with narrow seats. Smooth ride but a little noisy inside with those Rolls Royce Dart engines.


I always loved the G1C. Elegant miniliner. I am not surprise it was noisy... those Darts!!!
Thanks for your reply.
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:20 am

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Grumman Goose. Takeoff was a blast. She world lumber through the water until she finally got up to speed. You could feel the resistance fall away taken she finally got airborne, almost as if the aircraft itself was breathing a sigh of relief.

Landing was quite the opposite. No strain, no stress, just... settling into the waves.


Ahh!! The Goose!! Amazing stuff!
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:21 am

Exyxy wrote:
Saunders ST-27 (Dh heron converted from 4 pistons to 2 pt-6). I think only 10 or 11 built(long ago memories)


Wow, that is indeed an exotic and rare bird!

What was it like as a passenger? much noise??
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:23 am

AC853 wrote:
Bristol Freighter. In the back with 3 cars up front. Lydd to Le Touquet circ 1960’s


Whoaaa....that is fantastic! Flying the dinosaur Bristol!! Amazing flying machine...sturdy and so ungraceful!!
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:26 am

teva wrote:
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.


Wow. Thanks for your constructive and interesting post.
Amazing stuff there...
Really exotic and very interesting.....especially the French Air Force DC-8 (did it have the turquoise seats and curtains??) and the Caravelle 11R. Hugely exotic and rare.
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:04 pm

Regarding the ST-27 I only flew as copilot, we wore David Clark headsets. A fun a/c to fly. Interesting it had yoke operated air brakes ,differential braking with rudder input.
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:08 pm

Not exactly rare, but I've flown on an Antonov An2. The wicker seats were very uncomfortable.

I've also flown a bunch of KC10's.
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:34 pm

My rare list is based on both props and early jets that are most likely "rare" to fly in these days. I was a military brat who traveled extensively with my parents to various overseas base assignments on both commercial and military aircraft, my own 4 year stint in the Coast Guard aviation division as a SAR Aircrewman and a 32 year airline career. To fly any of these rare types again? The props for sure. I grew up on all that smoke, oil stains and musty smells.
DC-3
DC-4
DC-6 A & B
DC-7 B & C
Martin 404
FH-227B
Convair 440
L-1049G and H Connie
Lockheed Electra
DH Beaver
Dash 7 & 8
Jetstream 31
Shorts 360
Saab 340B
ATR72
Concorde - BA
DC-8
707/720
L10
D10
727
741 & 742
BAC 111
F28
F100
Military:
R5D
HU-16E
C-118A
C-121G
C-130
Helicopters:
HH-52 USCG
Boeing Vertol - NY Airways
Hawaiian Paradise Heli - unsure of model
My Favorite Prop - Electra
My Favorite Jet - 707
My Least Favorite Jet - F28
My Least Favorite Prop-YS11
Favorite Current Time Aircraft - Boeing 747-400
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:26 pm

Listing aircraft built 100 or less:

Boeing 737-600 (only 69 built)
Tupolev 204-100 (around 60 built)
Tupolev 204-300 (only 10-15 built)
BAe Jetstream 41 (only 100 built)
Bombardier CS100 (aka A220-100) (so far only 14 built)

I do also have a few Tu154M-flights (and most likely some on Tu134 as well as at least one flight on a Soviet turboprop) which are quite rare in today's times, but have been quite common in the early 90s.
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:37 pm

Zeppelin count?
Also DC-3, CV440, B707, B721, B722, B732, DC8-9-10, L1011, F27
Etc...
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:24 pm

My first post on here.
Some of the types Ive flown on during my years in the RAF as an air frame technician (which is too many years ago for me to admit)
Shorts Belfast (on which we had to change the gear on all the way out in Guam)
Avro Anson
Percival Pembroke
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy
Blackburn Beverley
All in RAF service together with the usual Comet, Britannia, VC10 and Hercs.

Best aircraft to work on out of all those was the Herc, simplicity itself! Worst was the EE/BAC Lightning!

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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:25 pm

I've been on many, including the DC-6B, DC-7B, Lockheed L-188 Electra, Convair 440, Martin 4-0-4, Vickers Viscount, Vickers Vanguard, Comet 4B, Caravelle, DC-3, Nord 262, DHC-7, Boeing 707, among others. My favorite was the Electra. The Vanguard was 6-abreast with large oval windows similar to the Viscount. The Comet was 5-abreast with the 2-seat section on the starboard side, like Delta's MD-88s.
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:18 pm

oldannyboy wrote:
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?

Thanks!


The Ju-52 was a scenic flight over Berlin and surroundings. Charming noise and vibrations, excellent view out of massive windows. Can't recall the DC-7 as I was only a few months old at the time. Have had a few trips in the DC-3, which is a fractionally less noise and vibrating version of the Junkers, still with great view out the windows. The Skyvan was a horror of noise, vibration and slowness compounded by lack of any windows - it was a freighter. Stood up for take-off and landing instead when I wasn't flying, wearing earplugs and -defenders. The Stearman was flown by a current airline captain who dallies with aerobatics in his spare time. He did things with that thing you really shouldn't, and it was an absolute blast. Flew the 727 myself :)
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:39 am

B777LRF wrote:
oldannyboy wrote:
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?

Thanks!


The Ju-52 was a scenic flight over Berlin and surroundings. Charming noise and vibrations, excellent view out of massive windows. Can't recall the DC-7 as I was only a few months old at the time. Have had a few trips in the DC-3, which is a fractionally less noise and vibrating version of the Junkers, still with great view out the windows. The Skyvan was a horror of noise, vibration and slowness compounded by lack of any windows - it was a freighter. Stood up for take-off and landing instead when I wasn't flying, wearing earplugs and -defenders. The Stearman was flown by a current airline captain who dallies with aerobatics in his spare time. He did things with that thing you really shouldn't, and it was an absolute blast. Flew the 727 myself :)


Wow. very interesting. Thanks!
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:41 am

L1011 wrote:
I've been on many, including the DC-6B, DC-7B, Lockheed L-188 Electra, Convair 440, Martin 4-0-4, Vickers Viscount, Vickers Vanguard, Comet 4B, Caravelle, DC-3, Nord 262, DHC-7, Boeing 707, among others. My favorite was the Electra. The Vanguard was 6-abreast with large oval windows similar to the Viscount. The Comet was 5-abreast with the 2-seat section on the starboard side, like Delta's MD-88s.


How noisy was the Vanguard, compared to say the Viscount and the Electra? Were those huge Allyson engines noisier than the Tyne?
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:48 am

B757236GT wrote:
My first post on here.
Some of the types Ive flown on during my years in the RAF as an air frame technician (which is too many years ago for me to admit)
Shorts Belfast (on which we had to change the gear on all the way out in Guam)
Avro Anson
Percival Pembroke
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy
Blackburn Beverley
All in RAF service together with the usual Comet, Britannia, VC10 and Hercs.

Best aircraft to work on out of all those was the Herc, simplicity itself! Worst was the EE/BAC Lightning!

Richard


Wow mate, thanks for an amazing first post! I'd love to have a few pints with you!! :coffee: Would absolutely LOVE to hear all the many amazing stories dating from all those lovely years ago... I am hoping you have children and grandchildren who are willing to listen, and interested in all those priceless memories of yours... :old: If not, I'm happy to oblige... !

I consider you to have been a very lucky person. You must have had a very interesting life. Hat off to you! :bigthumbsup:

One of my all time favourites is the mighty Beverley. I would have loved to fly on that beast!

My all time favourite? the VC10. Hands down.

:-)
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:49 am

123 wrote:
Zeppelin count?
Also DC-3, CV440, B707, B721, B722, B732, DC8-9-10, L1011, F27
Etc...



Zeppelin does indeed..... :o
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:53 am

PI4EVER wrote:
My rare list is based on both props and early jets that are most likely "rare" to fly in these days. I was a military brat who traveled extensively with my parents to various overseas base assignments on both commercial and military aircraft, my own 4 year stint in the Coast Guard aviation division as a SAR Aircrewman and a 32 year airline career. To fly any of these rare types again? The props for sure. I grew up on all that smoke, oil stains and musty smells.
DC-3
DC-4
DC-6 A & B
DC-7 B & C
Martin 404
FH-227B
Convair 440
L-1049G and H Connie
Lockheed Electra
DH Beaver
Dash 7 & 8
Jetstream 31
Shorts 360
Saab 340B
ATR72
Concorde - BA
DC-8
707/720
L10
D10
727
741 & 742
BAC 111
F28
F100
Military:
R5D
HU-16E
C-118A
C-121G
C-130
Helicopters:
HH-52 USCG
Boeing Vertol - NY Airways
Hawaiian Paradise Heli - unsure of model
My Favorite Prop - Electra
My Favorite Jet - 707
My Least Favorite Jet - F28
My Least Favorite Prop-YS11
Favorite Current Time Aircraft - Boeing 747-400

:bigthumbsup:
Wow...you have quite a long list under your belt..!!! Nice.
Many flights on many types=interesting, varied, full life.

:-)
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:16 pm

oldannyboy wrote:
Wow mate, thanks for an amazing first post! I'd love to have a few pints with you!! :coffee: Would absolutely LOVE to hear all the many amazing stories dating from all those lovely years ago... I am hoping you have children and grandchildren who are willing to listen, and interested in all those priceless memories of yours... :old: If not, I'm happy to oblige... !

I consider you to have been a very lucky person. You must have had a very interesting life. Hat off to you! :bigthumbsup:

One of my all time favourites is the mighty Beverley. I would have loved to fly on that beast!

My all time favourite? the VC10. Hands down.

:-)


I have way too many stories, I know its a little OT but i had to spend a week replacing hydraulic components in an RAF VC-10 after coolant was put in the flight control system (wasnt my fault), the explanation was the barrels were the same colour and had been put next to one another. Also cleaning out fuel tanks resulted in clambering into a freshly emptied tank and getting on with it. There was a motto we had which was "Dont Screw up! If you do make sure you don't take anyone else with you". Oh yes and endless patching up of Lightning fuel tanks, a delightful job as you just knew the leak was in the hardest place to get to.

Went through my photos last night and i forgot about the SA Twin Pioneer, had a flight in one of those out in Singapore and also the the HP Hastings which were ultimately replaced with the Hercs. That was the start of the standardization but to be fair compared to what we had the Herc was simplicity itself and it was very well regarded by maintenance personal and flight crews alike. I left just as we got the Tristars in as it was a real step change in the operation as they were like nothing we had before.

I agree the VC-10 was the best ever two engined aircraft we ever had ;) ;) . Yes i know it was four but a cruise it would be running on just two with the other two at flight idle providing gen power or some crews prefered to shut them down completely (needless to say it was not official guidence to do that).

Since i left it was mainly working for British Aerospace on the 146 and Concorde (i helped out on the rudder redesigns) oh and the F111s and then transfered to Airbus for the A320 family as a config manager which i did till i retired.

Oh yes i just remember i had a flight deck ride on a BA 747-200 (i think it was G-BDXH) from HKG to LHR in 1983 (it was arranged through a friend who i had worked with who had moved to BA), coming from an Avro Anson to a 747 was a big step change!

Richard
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:27 pm

I almost flew on a 146 yesterday and 3 days ago. But last minute issues called for a Q400.

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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:40 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.

But he said “has flown”, not “flew in 2018”. I think it’s interesting to find a person who has flown on a plane which became rare 30 years ago, not 10 years ago.
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:36 pm

oldannyboy wrote:
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!!


As for the IL18, it was sometime in the 80s, the airline was Czechoslovak airlines and it was a domestic flight from PRG to KSC. As this flight took place some 30 years ago I don´t remember many details, but as far as I can remember there was no food service, just some sweets eventhough fight took some 80 minutes and full service was a standard in Y in those days. IL18 was already being phased out at CSA, so the plane itself looked old and run down. There were curtains instead of standard window blinds, and no overhead bins but rather luggage racks, pretty much the same as in the trains or buses nowadays. Noise inside was incredible but the view of those engines and propellers was pretty amazing :)
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:20 pm

None of these may qualify as exotics for you, but I'll share a few exotic memories (to me) . . .

I flew a UA 747SP cross-country and remember that in the area that I was sitting, the interior fuselage was split down the center-line, with galleys running down the starboard side of the plane, and 3x2 seating on the port side. I sat up against the interior wall.

My first memory boarding Concorde was thinking how crazy-narrow the fuselage was. After returning from the lav, I told my 6'6" business companion that he was going to have to stand in the aisle with the lav door open in order to urinate. I wished him good aim!

I remember flying an Allegheny BAC 1-11 with the first two rows in economy set up like a train. The rows faced each other with a small table in between. It was the first and only time I flew backwards.

And who remembers the way-cool L-1011 entry doors that retracted electrically up into the fuselage?
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:53 am

B757236GT wrote:
oldannyboy wrote:
Wow mate, thanks for an amazing first post! I'd love to have a few pints with you!! :coffee: Would absolutely LOVE to hear all the many amazing stories dating from all those lovely years ago... I am hoping you have children and grandchildren who are willing to listen, and interested in all those priceless memories of yours... :old: If not, I'm happy to oblige... !

I consider you to have been a very lucky person. You must have had a very interesting life. Hat off to you! :bigthumbsup:

One of my all time favourites is the mighty Beverley. I would have loved to fly on that beast!

My all time favourite? the VC10. Hands down.

:-)


I have way too many stories, I know its a little OT but i had to spend a week replacing hydraulic components in an RAF VC-10 after coolant was put in the flight control system (wasnt my fault), the explanation was the barrels were the same colour and had been put next to one another. Also cleaning out fuel tanks resulted in clambering into a freshly emptied tank and getting on with it. There was a motto we had which was "Dont Screw up! If you do make sure you don't take anyone else with you". Oh yes and endless patching up of Lightning fuel tanks, a delightful job as you just knew the leak was in the hardest place to get to.

Went through my photos last night and i forgot about the SA Twin Pioneer, had a flight in one of those out in Singapore and also the the HP Hastings which were ultimately replaced with the Hercs. That was the start of the standardization but to be fair compared to what we had the Herc was simplicity itself and it was very well regarded by maintenance personal and flight crews alike. I left just as we got the Tristars in as it was a real step change in the operation as they were like nothing we had before.

I agree the VC-10 was the best ever two engined aircraft we ever had ;) ;) . Yes i know it was four but a cruise it would be running on just two with the other two at flight idle providing gen power or some crews prefered to shut them down completely (needless to say it was not official guidence to do that).

Since i left it was mainly working for British Aerospace on the 146 and Concorde (i helped out on the rudder redesigns) oh and the F111s and then transfered to Airbus for the A320 family as a config manager which i did till i retired.

Oh yes i just remember i had a flight deck ride on a BA 747-200 (i think it was G-BDXH) from HKG to LHR in 1983 (it was arranged through a friend who i had worked with who had moved to BA), coming from an Avro Anson to a 747 was a big step change!

Richard


Oh wow....can you adopt me???

:lol:
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:20 am

hinckley wrote:
None of these may qualify as exotics for you, but I'll share a few exotic memories (to me) . . .

I flew a UA 747SP cross-country and remember that in the area that I was sitting, the interior fuselage was split down the center-line, with galleys running down the starboard side of the plane, and 3x2 seating on the port side. I sat up against the interior wall.

My first memory boarding Concorde was thinking how crazy-narrow the fuselage was. After returning from the lav, I told my 6'6" business companion that he was going to have to stand in the aisle with the lav door open in order to urinate. I wished him good aim!

I remember flying an Allegheny BAC 1-11 with the first two rows in economy set up like a train. The rows faced each other with a small table in between. It was the first and only time I flew backwards.

And who remembers the way-cool L-1011 entry doors that retracted electrically up into the fuselage?


That's nice! Love the stubby SP! And that arrangement with the side galley was very cool..TG and KL had that too on their 747s.

Yes, Concorde was really narrow, wasn't it?!

Oh, and the club seating on the rocket 1-11 was fabulous...so quintessentially 1960s!!!

And those sexy doors on the TriStar...

Yes, back when aircrafts had a personality!!!!!
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:21 am

Loew wrote:
oldannyboy wrote:
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!!


As for the IL18, it was sometime in the 80s, the airline was Czechoslovak airlines and it was a domestic flight from PRG to KSC. As this flight took place some 30 years ago I don´t remember many details, but as far as I can remember there was no food service, just some sweets eventhough fight took some 80 minutes and full service was a standard in Y in those days. IL18 was already being phased out at CSA, so the plane itself looked old and run down. There were curtains instead of standard window blinds, and no overhead bins but rather luggage racks, pretty much the same as in the trains or buses nowadays. Noise inside was incredible but the view of those engines and propellers was pretty amazing :)


Fantastic!
I'd give an arm and a leg to fly on an IL-18 these days....! The vibration and the noise....wow....
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:27 am

Fantastic thread with so many amazing replies.

Many thanks to all of you for your great posts and their amazing wealth of information and beautiful memories!

:-)

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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:38 pm

oldannyboy wrote:
hinckley wrote:
I remember flying an Allegheny BAC 1-11 with the first two rows in economy set up like a train. The rows faced each other with a small table in between. It was the first and only time I flew backwards.
And who remembers the way-cool L-1011 entry doors that retracted electrically up into the fuselage?


the club seating on the rocket 1-11 was fabulous...so quintessentially 1960s!!!
And those sexy doors on the TriStar...


The face-to-face seating in the first row is also seen in a few other types; certain Dash-8s, for example. The QF seatmap for the DHC-8-300 shows 1C and 1D facing forward and 1E and 1F in front of them facing backwards.

The vertical-lift doors are also used on the DC-10, MD-11, and 767.
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:53 pm

As I was born in the early sixties I had the plesure of flying:

CV 440 Metropolitan
HS 748
Caravelle

And my favorite - Concorde
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:26 pm

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The vertical-lift doors are also used on the DC-10, MD-11, and 767.


As I was writing my post, I was wondering whether I remembered those doors on the DC-10 and MD-11. I flew both types a number of times in the day, but I wasn't sure. As for the 767, I just never noticed the vertical doors and I've flown that type many, many times including over the last year. So thanks for your post. I'll be sure to check out the 767's doors the next time I'm on one of those birds.
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:58 am

Too young to remember, my first flight was on a C4 Argonaut. Later experienced a multi-day flight to Singapore on a Bristol Britannia (number 3 engine wouldn't fire in Karachi, necessitating an overnight stay). Also flew the Vickers Viscount but the oldest aircraft that I have flown (twice) is the Junkers Ju52/3m. The latter was a pleasure due to flying at low altitude meant great views over the landscape and it appeared that cars on the Autobahn were travelling faster than we were.

Other types flown include F100, Boeing 717 (both types fairly common in Australia) A340-500, EMB-120, DHC-8 100 and Jetstream 32
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:07 am

This thread makes me feel very old! When I see aircraft mentioned here, that I recall when they were brand new is frightening.

I have flown on the jets mentioned.... DC-8 (20, 40, 50, 60, 70), 707, 720, VC-10 (Super, but not Standard), IL62, CV 880, CV 990, Caravelle (3, 6R and 12), BAC 111 (200, 400 and 500), Trident 2, F-28, Comet 4C, Mercure and Concorde.

My list includes some turboprops somewhat rarer ... Viscount 700, Vanguard, CV580, CV 640, Dart Herald, F-27, FH-227, Electra, IL-18 and even once on a TU-114 (substituted for an IL-62 from SVO to YUL).

I find the piston transports on my list are likely the rarest ... DC-3/4/6/7, even a DC-4M (the TCA version of the Argonaut, called the North Star ... I was an infant and do not recall this flight), CV440, L749, L1049.

Some of these were in regular airline operation and some I had to actively chase as they were nearing extinction. But I was an airline nerd since a young age. When flying on the TU-114 at the age of 8, I was well aware even then how lucky I was and how rare the aircraft was.
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:31 am

I don't think this would qualify as rare for the OP but I flew AS on a 732 Combi in full pax layout JNU-SEA in October of 1991. We boarded through the front door through the jetway like any other flight. I was in JNU for about six weeks. I had seen the 732 Combi a number of times. They had cans in the front and fold down stairs in back for pax. I had hoped for that but, no. I think it was the following summer, I flew QX Metro III PDX-PSC-PDT. I don't consider that rare. I just thought I would throw it out there.
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:17 am

The only two that might qualify for me are the 767-400 and a Dornier 328 Jet...ironically these we both part of the same journey (the 328 was YHZ-BOS and the 764 was ATL-MCO with a 757 bridging the gap BOS-ATL).
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:55 am

Fun 2 days flying on the An-2 around Siberia when we were shooting a frozen lake. Had a complete blast too and almost forgot the reason I was there in the first place.

Does the Pilatus 6 count as "rare"? Had a flew charter flights on this aircraft around Nepal.
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:53 am

"Rare" types is going to be very dependent on the person and their criteria, using my own criteria, here are my "rare" types I've flown on:

737-200
757-300
767-200ER
767-300 (Non ER)
767-400ER

And while I haven't flown on it, I've had the pleasure to tour/walk inside an operating 747SP.
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:28 am

my first ever flight in 1976 was as a 10 year old flying home from paris to manchester on a caravelle ,i remember as i was flying alone my uncle & aunt left me with a stewardess i don't know why but they must of got me mixed up cause the stewardess took my hand and we had to run like hell to another gate ,god knows where i'd of ended up ,lol on board i was sat in the front row ,as we took off i was like oh my god being pushed back in my seat i didn't know what to expect, during the flight i was asked if i'd like to see in the cockpit i jumped at the chance i remember thinking it was so small ,the other thing i'll never forget is landing with the turbulence i was sick in a paper bag i wanted to save (it had the air france logo on it )
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:32 am

hinckley wrote:
As I was writing my post, I was wondering whether I remembered those doors on the DC-10 and MD-11...


Yeah it's interesting that way - I first heard about them on the L-1011 but only noticed them on the 767 after several flights. There were a few differences though in implementation; the Douglas and Lockheed design used an electric motor on all doors to open and close them normally and a gas charge canister for emergencies, whereas the Boeing design was counterweighted and didn't really need the motor at all. Standard configuration was in fact for power-assistance on L1 only, though airlines that went for the four Type-A doors on each side (like BA) usually fitted the assistance to both 1L and 2L.

A good illustration of the differences can be found in these wonderful training videos from Canadian Airlines:
767: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajKl_kDFGko&t=645s
DC-10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R37pftDR9Ss
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:35 pm

longhauler wrote:
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Some of these were in regular airline operation and some I had to actively chase as they were nearing extinction. But I was an airline nerd since a young age. When flying on the TU-114 at the age of 8, I was well aware even then how lucky I was and how rare the aircraft was.


In my opinion you are the winner.

Considering the total amount of performed flights by aircarft type this might be one of the rarest post-war, only beaten by the Tu-144.

Additionally the Tu-114 is not only extremely rare but also magnificent!
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:07 pm

Does the 767-400 count as a rare type?
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:01 pm

I have flown on a lot of different types, but these are what I would consider my rarest and closest to what I believe the OP is seeking.

Antonov An-2 / An-24 / An-26 / An-140 / An-148
BAC 1-11-400 (in 2011)
Beechcraft 18
Bell 47G
Boeing 747SP (Iran Air in 2015)
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
British Aerospace ATP
Comac ARJ21-700
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
Convair 580
Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 4000
De Havilland Tiger Moth / Dragon Rapide / Dove
De Havilland Canada DHC-1 / DHC-2 / DHC-3
Douglas DC-3
Douglas DC-8-62 (in 2012)
Fairchild PT-19
Ford 4-AT Trimotor
Harbin Y-12E
lyushin II-18 / Il-62 / Il-76
Junkers Ju 52
Mil Mi-2 / Mi-8 / Mi-17 / Mi-26
Rockwell Sabreliner 65
Short C-23B Sherpa
Short SC.7 Skyvan
Stout Bushmaster 2000
Tupolev Tu-134 / Tu-154 / Tu-204
Xian MA60
Yakovlev Yak-40
Zeppelin LZ N07-100
 
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Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:38 pm

Just flew IL-96 a few weeks ago. Probably my best catch, as this is the only one left in commercial service.
A313 A318 A319 A320 A321 A21N A330 A343 A380 B734 B73H B738 B744 B752 B763 B77E B77W B788 B789 AT72 DH8D MD88 E145 E175 E190 IL96 F100 PC6 PA28

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