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Your First Flight?

Wed May 09, 2001 4:16 pm

I know i alraedy set this topiic out but i want to know more on your first flights?
i remember mine like it was yesterday it was realy fogy and i was dealaed 1 houre!
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RE: Your First Flight?

Wed May 09, 2001 4:19 pm

i just wanted to say my first flight was a year ago
today 9th May 2000-todays date 9th May 2001
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RE: Your First Flight?

Thu May 10, 2001 1:17 am

It was back in 1993, we took a flight with in Sweden from GOT-ARN. It was with SAS in an MD80 type a/c. Can't remeber so well, I was only 7 at the time.

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RE: Your First Flight?

Thu May 10, 2001 1:22 am

I dont recall much of my first flight, probably because I was 4. But all I do know is that it was in 1985 and it was a Southwest flight from ABQ-LAX.


RE: Your First Flight?

Thu May 10, 2001 1:42 am

Mine was during Spring 1992 HEL-LPA on LTE, i can only remember their grey interior. It was a B757.

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RE: Your First Flight?

Thu May 10, 2001 9:59 am

It was Air Canada AC106 from Edmonton to Ottawa via Toronto, on March 18th, 1985, on the B767-233.

It should be noted that I was born on January 4th, 1985, and therefore have absolutely no recollection whatsoever of the flight, but mom still has the boarding pass (marked 'Infant/Bebe') in a photo album somewhere.

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RE: Your First Flight?

Thu May 10, 2001 11:36 am

Wow you guys are young....

Anyways my first flight was in November of 1991. My grandfather had just passed away and we had to fly back to Chicago.

It was on a United Airlines 727-200 from Phoenix. Even though we were going back for a funeral I was pretty stoked to be going on my first plane trip. I had always heard family members complaining on how cramped coach was, but to my little 11 year-old body I didn't see what the big deal was. I remember that we had some kind of pancake dish stuffed with apple pie filling for the meal. And those sonic earphones and listening to the in-flight music... I don't think the ATC channel was active. It was a pretty uneventful flight. It was an 8am departure from Phoenix... got into Chicago around 3 or so. There was a litte dusting of snow on the ground but nothing really major. We landed on runway 22R. But I was very happy to have my second plane trip the following week. Sitting shiva was tiring and there was nothing but junk food. We had another UA 727 back to Phoenix for a mid-morning departure on the Monday after Thanksgiving. It was nice when we finally pulled up to the gate at Sky Harbor and went home.
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RE: Wow Desertjets! A Lot Of Info!

Thu May 10, 2001 4:21 pm

WOW! desertjets
i bet you can not get over flying now!
i think the first flight in your life is the best
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RE: Your First Flight?

Thu May 10, 2001 6:53 pm

Hmm.. My first flight must have been around 1988-89, when I was going on a short trip (for a few days) to a small island in Denmark, called Bornholm. The flight was onboard a Maersk F-50, and the flighttime was around 30 minutes..

The only thing I remember is the large wheels being pulled up into the engine, and I kept wondering where the engine was then (since the wheel were sooo big!)

Later I have been on dozens of charter flights to both Greece & the Canary Islands (gotta love those A310's).

If it wasn't for me being VERY physical unable (I use glasses & hearing aids) I'd bet 100£ that I would have become a pilot.. or something like that.. Well, I would be working in an airport anyway.

On a side note: My hearing aids have a switch that allows me to listen to a special kind of radio.. Well, inflight, if I turn on that swotch, I get this monotonous beeeeeeeeepppppp.. I was a bit annoyed.. I thought I would get listen to the ATC or something like that..

RE: Your First Flight?

Thu May 10, 2001 7:45 pm

My first flight was sometime in September 1985 from St. Louis to Chicago Midway on a Southwest Boeing 737-200 (N232SW but I'm not sure) When the captain gunned the throttles and pushed me back in my seat I knew this was something I would do again and again. I now fly twice a year to Las Vegas on Champion Air Boeing 727-200s. I got the bug but never pursued it, having flown a Cesnna 172 and a Mooney 231 for a total time of 2.2 hours
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RE: Your First Flight?

Thu May 10, 2001 8:18 pm

Well my first trip was back in the summer of 84 but I dont remember a thing because I was only 1 . My mom only recalls that we flew Delta from SJU-ATL-LAX we were headed to the LA olympics but thats all she remembers.She also recalls that getting into Atlanta there was a huge storm and our arrival into ATL was delayed and that for some reason we deplained using stairs. Another thing that she told me about my first flight was that the f/a's on the SJU-ATL segment were playing with me because I was the only child on board . She remembers all these details but she dosent recall the equipment .
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RE: Your First Flight?

Fri May 11, 2001 8:24 am

My first flight was from PHX-MCI on a Southwest 737-200. Don't remember much.

RE: Your First Flight?

Fri May 11, 2001 3:37 pm

Thai Airways 777-200 & -300 SIN-BKK/BKK-SIN

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RE: Your First Flight?

Sun May 13, 2001 5:28 pm

Manchester to Aberdeen (and then onto Wick) in the winter of 1967. I was only 2 so can't remember what type of aircraft. Anyone suggest what it might have been?


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RE: Your First Flight?

Wed May 16, 2001 1:21 am


My first flight was in the good old year of 1979, 23rd. November from LIS to GVA flying a Swissair DC-9-51 - HB-ISR called "The thunder"!!!! Those engines where loud!!!
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RE: Your First Flight?

Wed May 16, 2001 12:26 pm

My first flight was ATL-MCO (I'm pretty sure) on Delta. I was only 1 at the time, so I don't really remember it, but I do know that it was 1987 and we lived in Atlanta (cause I was born there). I've flown at least 20 more times since then, probably more.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Wed May 16, 2001 2:13 pm

Another old man puts his 2 cents in, LOL.

First flight ever was in 1966, Mohawk CV-240, ITH-ELM, about a 15 minute flight. I was 6 at the time, but it was something I'll never forget.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Sat May 19, 2001 7:42 am

Hard to believe it's been so long ago, mine was on a Braniff 747 the summer of 1981 from DFW to Harlingen. My friend and I skipped work and went on a special flight for 75.00usd r/t that included tickets to the Confederate Airshow. We still talk about that first flight and on a 747 to top that !!


RE: Your First Flight?

Sat May 19, 2001 11:09 am

It was a way long time ago when may family was going to japan.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Sat May 19, 2001 7:35 pm

My First Flight was my TIF where I was at the controls It was something that was unforgettable experience flying over Frankston and seeing the crystal clear water and the beach shaks
below pic of the plane i flew in VH-SPG

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RE: High Flyer 69 Question

Sun May 20, 2001 4:28 am

so are you a pilot then high_flyer69
because i want to be a pilot so what qulifications do i need?
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RE: Your First Flight?

Sun May 20, 2001 4:59 am

I don't recall my first flight on July 1, 1985, since I was only a year old, but my mom says it was a Northwest Orient DC-10, LAX-MSP.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Mon May 21, 2001 6:52 am

I was 15 and my flight was SLC PHX ELP PHX SLC on Southwest. It was so scarry to see the wings flap around in the bumps into PHX. The landing was really hard too, with several overhead bins popping open. But I was hooked from then on...
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RE: Your First Flight?

Wed May 23, 2001 3:09 am

thanx for evry body 4 replying
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RE: Your First Flight?

Fri May 25, 2001 12:14 am

Sometime in 1975 when I was less than a year old. My parents told me that it was a flight between Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Earliest memory was of a domestic flight in darkness (either very early morning or night time) on a B737-200 of Malaysian Airline System. I remember being intrigued by the flaps, spoilers and the thrust reverser as I watched the wing appear to "come apart" during touchdown. I still remember the perfume of the cabin. Must have been about 4 then.

My family could not afford to fly often back then, maybe about once in a couple of years. I loved commercial jets from the very beginning and I remember being thrilled to bits each time we sent people off at the airport while I yearned for the next flight I would take.

First laid eyes on a jumbo jet: British Airways B747 in 1979

First flight on a widebody:
Malaysia Airline System A300, in 1983 KUL-PEN vv

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RE: Your First Flight?

Fri May 25, 2001 9:57 am

My first flight was when I was 4 weeks old. It was to Grand Turk in the Carribean. It was on Pan-Am but I do not remember the kind of plane (what a surprise!). Who would at 4 weeks old? I know that I sure would not.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Sat May 26, 2001 6:02 pm

My first flight was in summer 1990 when I was 11, I flow Alisarda (now called Meridiana) with a DC-9/51 from Verona (VRN) to Olbia (OLB).I was alone and I remember a crew who looked at me and some others child who flight alone too.I was seated 2A and we were boarded in advace.I had a paper to keep always with me and show to a crew at destination that took me to some relatives who waited me.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Sat May 26, 2001 10:39 pm

My very first flight was when I was just born! I flew KLM from Amsterdam to Barcelona.

My first long haul flight was when I was 2. I flew from Brussels to Johannesburg, with a stop probably in Kinshasa. I barely remember being on a plane at night.

The first flight I can hardly remember is this one:
I was 5 or 6 when I flew from Brussels to Barcelona with my grandfather and my brother. I remember going through the jetway on the sattelite terminal in Brussels. Of course I cannot remember what airline and aircraft it was. I remember that we had a lunch, my brother was sitting on the window, I had the middle seat and my grandfather had the aisle. My grandfather was reading me a story about a girl taking a flight from Paris to Italy. I remember coming out of the plane through the tail, in Barcelona. Seeing airplanes was a thrill for me.

One of my most memorable flights was this one:
I flew again with my family, when I was 7, from Brussels to Johannesburg with a stop in Kinshasa. We were on Sabena. The aircraft was a DC-10 which was new at that time, in 1977. On the second leg of the flight, from Kinshasa to Johannesburg, I was invited to visit the cockpit. It was my first cockpit visit, in flight! In Johannesburg, we connected then on a South African Airways flight to Cape Town.

Those are my farthest memories.

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RE: Your First Flight?

Sun May 27, 2001 9:30 am

CMH-New York (can't remember which airport) on a Braniff International 727.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Sun May 27, 2001 12:33 pm

My parents and I flew Alaska Airlines PHX-SEA when I was about 3 months old (that would have been June 1985).

My dad took a photo of the exterior and interior of our airplane, so I can tell it was a 727-200, although I can't see the registration. The seats in coach were 3x3, but upholstered in brown leather.

Does anyone know if the leather seating was typical of AS interiors at that time? I know during the late 80's, Alaska's seats F and Y seats were both upholstered in cloth. In the early 90s, they switched to the dark blue leather seats in First Class, which have subsequently been redesigned several times.

I'll be really impressed if I get a response to this, LOL


RE: Your First Flight?

Sun May 27, 2001 4:56 pm

I must have been about 2 or so , thus making it around 1985. It was a Twin Otter rego VH-TZL ( dad took a pic of mum , bro and myself next to it ) and boy it looks old.

First flight I can remember is : ( for those in Australia , this is a while ago isn't it !  Smile/happy/getting dizzy )

East West BAe-146-100 .. Sydney to Shute Harbour before catching a boat to Day Dream Island. Would have been 1987 or something.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Sun May 27, 2001 8:03 pm

In 1983, as a 17 year old new employee of BA, I managed to get on an airworthiness test flight of B747-136 G-AWNE. (Due to where I was working, this wasn't standard practice for all new employees!)
With only about 10 on board, including the 3 flight crew and 2 CAA observers, WNE was a hot performer!
The highlight were the stalls carried out over the English Channel, it was a beautiful clear August day, France and England were clearly visible depending on what side of the cabin you were on.
The few passengers were in the first class area, you could clearly hear the cockpit's stall-warning alarms sounding. WNE climbed, slowed, then DROPPED! This was repeated 5 more times. During the first stall, a few sandwiches and canned drinks that had been stowed in the First Class galley came flying out.
After some more tests, involving some pretty steep dives, and a test of the passenger oxgen mask deployment, we finished by buzzing Boscombe Down airfield, we were so low you could clearly see the ETPS military test aircraft based there, plus a deployment of USAF F-111's.
The next February, I went on a test flight of the recently delivered B747-236 G-BDXK, then in a short-lived all-ecomony class configuration for the then British Airtours. Not being a post heavy maintenance test, it was much less exciting, but we did a touch-and-go at Stansted, which was then rather a quiet place.
Was I scared during G-AWNE's test? No, I Loved it!
I do find conventional flying very boring though, probably as a result of having such an extreme first flying experience.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Mon May 28, 2001 11:42 pm

I dont remember. I was 8 weeks old in the year 1969. The flight was Zürich-Palma de Mallorca with Swissair. I suppose it might be a DC9-30, cause Swissair used this type of aircraft then.

C ya.

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RE: Your First Flight?

Tue May 29, 2001 9:04 pm

you lot wher so young on your first flight!
well my first flight was on britannia B757 G-BYAX from luton (southeast uk) to fueterventure (canerie islands) on this very aircraft

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RE: Your First Flight?

Sun Jun 03, 2001 5:53 pm

My first flight...was in a Piper Cherokee 140 around 1976 or so..I was about 10 yrs old then but I really dont count that.
What I count as my first loggable flight is from my home town here in Rock Falls, Illinois into Chicago O'Hare on 2 June 1983 on a Britt Airways Beech 99, N317VA for a trip to shoot pictures. I flew in for the day, I was sixteen years old at the time and had to fight tooth and nail with my mom to go by myself.....It was a very cool plane to fly in.....I miss those Beech 99s...
Neat topic...

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RE: Your First Flight?

Mon Jun 04, 2001 6:35 am

Mine was on a NW 722 from MDW-MSP back in 1970.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Tue Jun 05, 2001 6:50 pm

My first flight was in February 1980, a Swissair flight on a DC-8 from Zurich to Dhahran. I only remember when I visited the DC-8's fligth deck. Shortly after, Swissair sold their DC-8's, so on the way back to Zurich 7 months later, I flew on a DC-10.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Thu Jun 07, 2001 10:56 am

mine was in 1986 (1 month after I was born) World airways from SFO-ZRH (also same Year I did Balair SFO-ZRH)
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RE: Your First Flight?

Thu Jun 07, 2001 1:13 pm

Mine was from IAH-LAX in May 1986 (at the age of 8 months) on Continental. My mom doesn't remember the type of plane, but she assumes it was an A300 or a DC-10.

My first memory of flying was an AA route HOU-DFW-TYR-DFW-HOU. The HOU-DFW route was an ATR72 and the DFW-TYR route was a Saab 340B.

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RE: Your First Flight?

Fri Jun 08, 2001 2:32 am

Hi, I can't really rember much about my first flight - I was about 9 years old and I flew with my family from London Gatwick to Paris - my parents wanted to make sure that I did not mind flying so I could make it in the long haul the next year to Orlando. I loved the flight - it was a small narrow bodied BA aircraft. The things that struck me the most were the speed and G-force that you feel on take off and the way you climb away very quikly - I remember watching the cars disapear!! My ears get really bad whenever we decend - by the time we touch down I can't hardly hear a thing!! Oh well I guess that was the flight that introduced me to aircraft - wicked.

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RE: Your First Flight?

Sun Jun 10, 2001 2:54 am

I barely remember my first flight. It was on Eastern Airlines, before they went broke. I was flying from New York (not sure which airport) to Guatemala. I was barely four years old. But the flight from Guatemala to Nicaragua was awesome. I got a window seat and remember having to stand up to look out the window. When we were still on the ground, I told my dad that we were really high up in the air. The aircraft was a TACA 737-200 and I think i was sitting in front of the engine. Funny thing was that, after I told my dad we were really high a lady (not my mom) walked on the plane and sat in the aisle seat by my dad. To this day i still laugh about it with my family. TGUMAN.

RE: Your First Flight?

Mon Jun 11, 2001 11:56 am

I took my first flight when I was 10(July 27, 1993). It was WAW-YEG on an Air New Zealand 767 that LOT was leasing. This was one of best experiences in my life. The only thing that sucked is that we had the center isle seats.

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RE: Your First Flight?

Tue Jun 12, 2001 5:49 am

My first flight was in 1993 from Stuttgart (STR), Germany, to Dalaman (DLM), Turkey. The airline was AeroLloyd, one of the biggest German charter airlines. Aircraft was either MD83 or MD87, can`t remember.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Sat Jun 16, 2001 3:42 am

Hi Everyone

This is my first post on, great to be here!

My first flight was on the day of my birth. (October 1978) So I don't really remember it as I was only about 3 hours old at the time!

My second flight (the first one I remember) was when I was 8 years old in early 1987. The flight was with Singapore Airlines from SYD to ZRH via SIN. It was on this flight that I fell in love with flying. Plane was a 747-200.

As I don't live in the city, it was also my first time at a big international airport. I remember about wanting to get on the plane as early as possible. When we were taking off was the best part, as we rolled towards Botany Bay and became airborne. Always love that part of a flight!

Flight left early afternoon (1300 or 1400) and it was a brilliant sunny day, so got a great view of the desert and outback Australia, no clouds at all! I hated having to close the blinds so we could watch the movie.

Great flight, great service.

When we were waiting to take off from Singapore I noticed that the flaps were down and thought there was something wrong with the wing! My Dad just laughed and explained everthing to me.

We then had to stop over in Dubai for refuelling. There were no jetways at the airport, only stairs so I got a great view of the turbo fans as I was walking down. They were turning slowly and the sheer size of them kind of scared me a little, (but I was only young!)

Anyway when we were approaching Switzerland got a great view of the alps, but then flew into very thick cloud. The approach seemed to take ages and ages, then we finally touched down at ZRH. I remember seeing snow alongside the runway. (First time in my life I ever saw snow!)

Anyway great flight and one I will never ever forget.


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RE: Your First Flight?

Mon Jun 18, 2001 5:27 am

hay! pilot kaz here
on my first flight all i saw was very very thick FOG!
so the take off was a poor view :-(
the only thing i saw zoom past was a easy jet HQ and easy jet coulers is orange so you cant miss it
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RE: Your First Flight?

Fri Jun 22, 2001 5:42 am

My first flight way back in 1973, when I was a few months old. It was from KHI to JFK with a stop over. My mother tells me the first leg was on Air France and the second was on Pan AM. Too young to remember. The first flight I remember was on an Eastern DC-9 from Greenville to JFK and changed planes at JFK to a Pan Am 747 (I couldn't believe the size of this monster, campaired to the DC-9 I just got off) to London. I was seven at the time.

My Daughter is three months old and she has already been on seven flights. Her first was on an America West 737.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Fri Jun 22, 2001 6:37 am

i hope you daughter is healthy and well and GET HER IN TO AVIATION AS FAST AS YOU CAN  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Your First Flight?

Fri Jun 22, 2001 10:34 am

My first flight was part of a trip back in 1989. I was only 4 and I remembered everything. First, I flew on American Airlines from ALB to JFK. I then flew from JFK to Paris-Orlay on a AA DC-10. From there, I flew on a Air Inter A320 to Grenoble. I went back and fourth between the US and France many times.

I remember the airport in Grenoble at the time didn't have jetway service, so we boarded using airstairs. I rememeber looking around amazed as we walked on the tarmac.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Sat Jun 23, 2001 12:07 pm

My first flight on any aircraft was on a United Airlines Mainliner 180...A 21 passenger DC-3 from Los Angeles to San Diego.

The Douglas Transport was very comfortable and not the least bit noisy...just the droning of the two big Pratt and Whitney engines. If I hadn't been so excited about the flight, those engines would have probably put me to sleep.

I still recall the colors of the interior of the passenger cabin. The cabin itself was done in a dove gray...and the passenger seats were covered with a royal blue material.

However, one thing did startle me. While I was looking out my window, I saw a small yellow airplane go past us...backward. Actually, we were traveling at a much greater we passed it. So it just appeared that the yellow aircraft was in reverse.

Time of the flight was a little under one hour from ramp to ramp.
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RE: Your First Flight?

Sat Jun 23, 2001 12:12 pm

Oop's, sorry. That time was not from ramp to ramp. I just remembered that United DC-3 flight to San Diego from Los Angeles made a short stop at Long Beach airport. Long Beach is about 15 to 20 miles south of Los Angeles airport. So, that's why it took almost an hour to get to my destination.

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