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Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:45 am

Just been reading a thread on the end of KLM's three holer MD11's.

It would be interesting to read anyone's posts on aircraft you have previously flown on that are now either rare, ulikely or extinct.

Little did i know back in 1986 how privileged/lucky i was to fly on a DC10 (Airtours) plus an L1011 (Eastern) and a 727 (TWA) - all three holers and all in one holiday.

Will never have the chance to do that again.

Another rare one for me was on an Aviogenex Tupolev Tu-134A from EMA to Pula way back around 1980.
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:01 pm

Pretty much everytime I fly to ATL, I fly a 717. That pretty rare right? May be the most comfortable narrow body I've been on!
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:33 pm

Depends how you define 'rare'... the 717 is pretty common if you live in ATL, HNL, HEL or PER but say if you live in Africa or Latin America a 717 flight is a rare treat.
I have chased rare and older types since 1990 when I started to fly on my own, so I managed to get on most types seen as rare now, some mentioned just this year;
707, 720, 727-100, 727-200, 737/747 all older subtypes (except 737-100), BAC 1-11, HP-137, HS-748, Lockheed L-749, L-1049, L-188, L-1011, Tu-134, Tu-154, Tu-204-300, Il-18, Il-62, Il-76, Il-86, Il-96, Il-114, An-2, 12, 24, 26, 140, 148, Fokker 27, 28, Viscount, DC-3, Li-2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 (all series except -20), 10, Yak-40, Yak-42, Convair 580, J-4100, ATP, Do-228, 328prop, 328Jet, C-46, DHC-2,3,7, CN-212, 235, Short Skyvan, 330, 360, Turbo Mallard, YS-11, Y12, Ma60, Twin Pioneer and more. Noteworthy lacking: Caravelle, Concorde, Convair Jet, VC-10, Fairchild built F-27/FH-227.
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:34 pm

Boeing 747-100 ( Pan Am )
Boeing 747-200 ( Pan Am )
Boeing 747-200 SUD ( KLM ) (Enlarged upper deck. Looks more like a 300 version )
Boeing 747-300 ( Thai Airways )
Boeing 747-400M ( KLM ) ( Combi )
Boeing 747-400 ( KLM, Air New Zealand )
Boeing 727-200 ( Pan Am, Sterling Airways, Mexicana )
Boeing 737-200 ( Braathens S.A.F.E )
Boeing 737-2R4C ( Busy Bee ) ( ( With gravel kit )
Boeing 737-300 ( Braathens S.A.F.E , Norwegian Air Shuttle)
Boeing 737-400 ( Braathens S.A.F.E, British Airways )
Boeing 737-500 ( Braathens S.A.F.E and SAS Braathens and now SAS )
Boeing 737-600 ( SAS ) ( Still in use With SAS, but for how long ? Not many Airlines ordered the 600 Version )
F-27 Friendship ( Braathens S.A.F.E )
F-28 Fellowship ( Braathens S.A.F.E )
DC-10 ( American Airlines, Aero Mexico )
DC-10 - 10 ( Scanair )
DC-10 - 30 ( Scanair )
MD-11 ( KLM, VARIG )
Airbus 300-600 ( American Airlines, Thai Airways )
Airbus A300 B4 ( Scanair )
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-41 ( SAS )
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-21 ( SAS )
Douglas DC-9-51 ( SAS )
McDonnell Douglas MD-81 ( SAS )
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 ( SAS )
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 ( SAS / Scanair )
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 ( SAS )
McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 ( SAS )
Saab 340 A ( Air Rarotonga )
Airbus 340-300 ( Air Tahiti Nui ) ( Starting to become rare )
Sud Est Caravelle
Dc-8 ( Scanair )
Fokker 100 ( KLM, Transwede Airways )
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar ( British Airways )
Embraer EMB-110P1A Bandeirante ( Air Rarotonga ) ( Not sure if this is a rare Aircraft )
ATR-72-200 ( B&H Airlines ) ( Not sue of how common the 200 version is anymore )

[Edited 2014-08-28 06:38:29]

[Edited 2014-08-28 06:41:36]
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:47 pm

I have flown on:

CV-440, CV-580, CV-640, CV-880 and CV-990
DC-3, DC3S, DC-4, DC-6
L-749, L-1049, L188
BAC111-400 and -500
Trident 2 and Trident 3
Super VC-10, Viscount 700 and Vanguard
TU-114, IL-62, IL-96
Caravelle 6 and 12, Mercure
F27, F28
707, 720, 727, 747SP
Concorde

Sadly missing:
CV-240/340, Standard VC-10, Viscount 800, Trident 1, DC-7, DC-8-10 and -20

Interestingly enough, some, like the TU-114, CV990 and Caravelle 6 were just by chance as a young lad, while some like the Caravelle 12, IL-96, VC-10, CV-880 and Concorde, I actively chased.
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:38 pm

Quoting nema (Thread starter):
Little did i know back in 1986 how privileged/lucky i was to fly on a DC10 (Airtours) plus an L1011 (Eastern) and a 727 (TWA) - all three holers and all in one holiday.

Airtours had DC-10s, but did not start up until around 1991 and did not get the DC-10s until the late 90s.

If it was British Airtours (BA's charter arm) in 1986, it could have been a L1011. If you are sure it was a DC-10, perhaps it was Cal Air (British Caledonian's charter arm).

Just to really confuse matters, when BA took over British Caledonian, British Airtours was renamed Caledonian Airways from 1987. Cal Air was sold off and continued for a couple of years as Novair.

Quoting longhauler (Reply 4):
CV-440, CV-580, CV-640, CV-880 and CV-990
DC-3, DC3S, DC-4, DC-6
L-749, L-1049, L188
BAC111-400 and -500
Trident 2 and Trident 3
Super VC-10, Viscount 700 and Vanguard
TU-114, IL-62, IL-96
Caravelle 6 and 12, Mercure
F27, F28
707, 720, 727, 747SP
Concorde

I'd kill to fly on most of those! Do you have any photos from any of these flights?
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:33 pm

720, 707, 727, 762
DC3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, C-118
CV440
L-188, L1049G, L1011, C-121
Martin 404
FH227B
YS11
SH360
J31
SF340B
DH Beaver
F28, 100
HU16E,
S61
Concorde
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:43 pm

My first flight was actually on a BAe-146, a plane that's now pretty much gone from North America.

I don't know if the MD-90 counts as "rare" or not. If you fly Delta now they're not that uncommon, but there weren't all that many built so they're pretty rare in the rest of the world!

If we're counting sub-types I recently flew on a 737-600 with SAS, one of the less common variants (as a side question what was the least produced 737 variant? I would guess the -100 followed by the -600.)
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:43 pm

Does the A343 count? I just flew my first ever, F-GLZU from DTW to CDG.

You know what they say about the A340's climb-out? OMG, I wondered if we were ever going to break 5,000 feet.
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:11 pm

Roughly reverse chronological order:

A346 (Lufthansa)
DH8B (Air Greenland)
DHC7 (Air Greenland)
F50 (Air Baltic, Air Iceland) ?
SB20 (Darwin, Carpatair)
B748 (Lufthansa)
A388 (Air France) ?
L410 (Citywing, op. by some Czech airline)
JS41 (Eastern Airways)
B736 (SAS)
F70 (KLM)
RJ85 (Cityjet, Atlantic Airways) ?
JS32 (Blue Islands) ?
TRIS (Aurigny)
AT43 (Blue Islands) ?
F100 (Austrian/Tyrolean)
D328 (Skywork)
ATP (Nextjet)
RJ1H (Swiss)
B19D (Twinjet)
B74M (KLM) ?
MD90 (Delta) ?
DC95 (Delta, Northwest)
E140 (American Eagle)
E135 (American Eagle)
C208 (Air Choice One)
A306 (Korean Air)
MD88 (Delta) ?
B762 (American)
B739 (Alaska, KLM)
MD11 (KLM, Delta)
E120 (Tandem Aero/Air Moldova)
DH8A (Wideroe) ?
B753 (Delta)
MD87 (Spanair)
DC94 (Delta, Northwest)
SF34 (Direct Aero Services/Blue Air)
DC93 (Delta)
B712 (Midwest) ?
A318 (Air France, TAROM)
B764 (Delta)
B462 (Club Air, Italy)
MD82 (Alitalia)
B772 (United) non-ER
DC10 (Northwest) -40
B722 (United)
A313 (TAROM)
A342 (Austrian)
MD83 (TWA)
B742 (KLM) --maybe it was a 744, not sure
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:14 pm

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 3):
Boeing 747-100 ( Pan Am )
Boeing 747-200 ( Pan Am )
Boeing 747-200 SUD ( KLM ) (Enlarged upper deck. Looks more like a 300 version )
Boeing 747-300 ( Thai Airways )
Boeing 747-400M ( KLM ) ( Combi )
Boeing 747-400 ( KLM, Air New Zealand )
Boeing 727-200 ( Pan Am, Sterling Airways, Mexicana )
Boeing 737-200 ( Braathens S.A.F.E )
Boeing 737-2R4C ( Busy Bee ) ( ( With gravel kit )
Boeing 737-300 ( Braathens S.A.F.E , Norwegian Air Shuttle)
Boeing 737-400 ( Braathens S.A.F.E, British Airways )
Boeing 737-500 ( Braathens S.A.F.E and SAS Braathens and now SAS )
Boeing 737-600 ( SAS ) ( Still in use With SAS, but for how long ? Not many Airlines ordered the 600 Version )
F-27 Friendship ( Braathens S.A.F.E )
F-28 Fellowship ( Braathens S.A.F.E )
DC-10 ( American Airlines, Aero Mexico )
DC-10 - 10 ( Scanair )
DC-10 - 30 ( Scanair )
MD-11 ( KLM, VARIG )
Airbus 300-600 ( American Airlines, Thai Airways )
Airbus A300 B4 ( Scanair )
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-41 ( SAS )
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-21 ( SAS )
Douglas DC-9-51 ( SAS )
McDonnell Douglas MD-81 ( SAS )
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 ( SAS )
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 ( SAS / Scanair )
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 ( SAS )
McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 ( SAS )
Saab 340 A ( Air Rarotonga )
Airbus 340-300 ( Air Tahiti Nui ) ( Starting to become rare )
Sud Est Caravelle
Dc-8 ( Scanair )
Fokker 100 ( KLM, Transwede Airways )
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar ( British Airways )
Embraer EMB-110P1A Bandeirante ( Air Rarotonga ) ( Not sure if this is a rare Aircraft )
ATR-72-200 ( B&H Airlines ) ( Not sue of how common the 200 version is anymore )

Fokker 70 ( KLM )
Fokker 50 ( KLM, SAS, Lufthansa )
Airbus A318-100 ( Air France )
Airbus A319-100 ( B&H Airlines, SAS )

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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:57 pm

For me, it would be:

CV-240, CV-340, CV-580, CV-640
DC-3, DC-4, DC-6, DC-7
L-1049, L188, L1011
BAC1-11
Trident 2 and Trident 3
Super VC-10, Viscount
F27, F28
707-100, 707-200, 707-300, 720, 727-100QC, 747SP
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:29 pm

For me the 737-200, 767-200, 777-200 and 300 (both non-ER), all A340 varients, AN140, Yak40, IL-96, Superjet, Let410, DC3, the Air Koryo fleet, Emb110, 120, and all dornier models
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:44 pm

I've got the:
A318, 712, 722, 736, 742, 753, 762, DHC-2, D93, DC-10-40, E-120, Islander, L-1011, MD-11, MD-90. Short list, I know.
It's sad to think that in 10 years, the 757 will be on this list and in 30 years those "classic" 737 NGs. Most of our "rare" planes weren't that rare even 20 years ago.
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:01 am

Nothing I've flown is particularly rare, but I suppose some might count:

Rare for numbers:
Boeing 717 (YX) [156 built]
DC-9-40 (NW) [71 built]
DC-9-50 (DL) [96 built]
757-300 (DL) [16 built with PW engines- obviously RR-powered ones are more common)
MD-90 (DL) [116 built]

And ones that weren't rare when I flew them, but are more so now:
727-200 (DL, possibly UA)
737-200 (DL, possibly UA)
DC-9-10/30 (YX)
Midwest Airlines- 1984-2010
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:40 am

Some are rare due to age and/or difficulty to find nowadays, and some (Il-114) are rare in terms of total number built. Am adding the DoJet to the list on Saturday.

Airbus A300-600R (Thai Airways)
Airbus A310-300 (CSA Czech Airways)
Airbus A318-100 (Air France)
Airbus A319-100LR (Qatar Airways)
Airbus A321-100 (Lufthansa)
Airbus A340-200 (South African Airways)
Airbus A340-500 (Thai Airways)
Avro RJ100 (Swiss)
BAe 146-100 (Star Peru)
BAe 146-200 (FlyBe)
Boeing 737-100 (Continental Airlines)
Boeing 737-200C (Canadian North)
Boeing 737-400C (Alaska Airlines)
Boeing 737-600 (FlyGlobespan)
Boeing 747-400M (KLM)
Boeing 747-8i (Lufthansa)
Bombardier CRJ-440 (Northwest Airlink)
Bombardier CRJ-705 (Air Canada)
Cessna 208A Caravan (Cinnamon Air)
Cessna 210L (and 210N) Centurion (Ulendo Airlink)
Cessna 402C (Cape Air)
Cessna 525B (CitationAir)
Cessna 560XL (CitationAir)
deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver (Ward Air Inc.)
deHavilland DHC-3 Otter (Talkeetna Air Taxi)
Embraer ERJ-135 (Continental Express)
Embraer ERJ-140 (American Eagle)
Embraer Phenom 300 (Flight Options LLC)
Fokker 70 (KLM)
Hawker 400 (Flight Options LLC)
Hawker Siddely 748 Series 2A (Air North)
Ilyushin Il-96-300 (Aeroflot)
Ilyushin Il-114-100 (Uzbekistan Airways)
Learjet 45 (Privately Owned)
Let 410 (Islena Airways)
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-40 (Northwest)
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 (American Airlines, United Airlines)
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (KLM)
McDonnell Douglas MD-90 (Delta)
Partenavia P.68C (Great Lakes Air Inc.)
Pilatus PC-12/47E (Privately Owned)
Saab 340A (Provincial Airlines)
Saab 2000 (Carpatair)
Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B (Interjet)
Tupolev Tu-154M (Aeroflot)

[Edited 2014-08-28 20:41:08]

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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:59 am

As others said, define "rare".

The rarest aircraft I've flown is undoubtedly the 747-400ER, given that there were only six of them ever built.

Other relatively rare aircraft are 345 (EY), 346 (EY), 764 (CO), 762 (AA), 731 (CO), M88(DL), M90 (DL), 717 (NC, HA), ATP (TH), J41 (AX)

Aircraft that were not rare back-in-the-day but were by the late 1990s when I got to fly them are DC10-30 (CO), 747-200 (BA), 727-200 (US), and then in then in the 2000s there was the 737-200 (KQ, E7), and then the Fairchild/Swearingen Metroliner in 2013 (FQ)

Quoting IAHflyer97 (Reply 1):
May be the most comfortable narrow body I've been on!

  

The 717 is a fantastic aircraft.
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:29 am

Forgot one pretty rare machine:

767-400ER (DL, UA) [38 built]
Midwest Airlines- 1984-2010
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:04 am

Currently rare (or non-existent) types, or in some cases individual models, I've flown on:

Prop:

Viscount
Vanguard
DC-6B
L-1049G
Convair 580 and 640
F-27 (Fokker and Fairchild)
Fokker 50
Hawker-Siddeley 748
Nord 262
Saab 2000

Jet:

Caravelle
Convair 880
707
720
727
DC-8
747 (741/742/743/SP)
DC-9
DC-10
MD-11
L-1011
A340-200
BAC 1-11
Trident (1/2/3)
Super VC-10
737-200/300/400/500
Fokker F-28
Fokker 70 and 100
767-200
BAE 146/Avro RJ
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:20 am

Rare now, but not in those days:
733 CO WN(?)
735 CO UA WN(?)
727 NW CO(?)
DC-9 NW CO(?)
MD-80 CO NW(?)
Emb-135 ExpressJet
ATR-42 (rare in the US) CO
?'s mean it is questionable that I have flown on these types because I can't get solid confirmation if I have

Soon to be rare:
744: UA
If the 50 RJ purge *almost* eliminates the small RJs, then add the Emb-145 and CRJ-200, I hope the later goes totally extinct!
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:25 am

The oldest aircraft I've flown on is a WW2 era DC3 in RNZAF colours on a fun flight at the RNZAF 75th celebrations two years ago. The F100 while operating a QF Link service. Rare is some parts of the world, but NZ still operates the 733s
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:28 am

By rare, do you mean aircraft who are rare today due to being phased out, or were rare from the beginning due to low sales numbers? (like the Convair 880, Convair 990 or Dassault Mercure)

I choose the latter

Boeing 717
Fokker 50
DC10
SAAB2000
SAAB340
Boeing 737-600
Airbus A340-600?
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:22 am

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 5):
Airtours had DC-10s, but did not start up until around 1991 and did not get the DC-10s until the late 90s.

Yeah your right, my error, it must be my age. Def been on an Airtours DC10 so must have been a later vacation when i did that.

In 1986 looking at out grainy photos it was TWA 747 to JFK, dont know the model but only 3 upper deck windows, maybe 200 series, then we got Eastern connection to Orlando via an L1011 with only about 30/40 pax on board and a few days later we flew down to Miami on a TWA 727 during that trip. I recall that was a brand new 727 with a phone in every seat back, never saw that before. Thought there was a DC10 but as you say, that would not have been till later... thanks.
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:23 am

Some tremendous aircraft youve all listed here by the way..
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Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:23 pm


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There's only three or four of these still flying, so they don't get much rarer. Beautiful aircraft to fly on.
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:00 pm

1929 Travel Air E-4000 with an R-670 engine.

Other more common, but still a bit rare I suppose:

AA F-100
NW and DL DC-9
DL 77L
DL and CO 753
CX 343
CX 772 (non ER)

I did several transpacific flights when I was young, and I'm sure I had some flights on other rare types (by today's standards).
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:11 pm

I started seeking out rare types in 2011 and this is my collection so far. Based on the time period during which I have actively been flying and my geographical location, this is what I consider rare. While I have flown on types such as the MD-80 Series and Classic 737s, I don't yet consider those rare enough to be a part of my list of rare aircraft.

Avro RJ85
Airbus A300-600R
Airbus A310-300
Airbus A318
BAC 111-400
BAe ATP
BAe Jetstream 32
Beech 1900D
Beech Model 18
Beechcraft King Air A100
Boeing 717
Boeing 757-300
Boeing 767-200
Britten-Norman Islander
Britten-Norman Trislander
Convair 580
DeHavilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk
DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver
DeHavilland DHC-8-100
Dornier 228
Dornier 328JET
Douglas DC-8-62
Douglas DC-9-50
Douglas DC-10-30
Embraer 120 Brasilia
Fairchild Metroliner IV
Fokker 50
Fokker 70
Let L-410 Turbolet
McDonnell-Douglas MD-11
McDonnell-Douglas MD-90
Saab 340B
Saab 2000
Short SC.7 Skyvan
Stout Bushmaster 2000
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:56 pm

Rare frames:

Dornier 328JET (Ultimate Jet Charters)
Airbus A318 (AF)
MD90 (DL)
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:27 am

Longhauler & Viscount win - I would kill for some of those rides...

I have flown a DC3 twice, 4 flights in a TriStar - including my first flight - two flights in a DC10-30 and a 767-200 non ER.

I have also logged the 737-600, 737-200, A310, MD83, F50 & F100 in recent times, all of which are now becoming rare.

The Bell 407 chopper is also fairly rare in pax commercial service.

Quoting classicjets (Reply 26):
DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver

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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:55 am

Some pretty impressive lists here, but I'm surprised that I don't see the Saab Scandia, nor the D.H.Heron and the Grumman Mallard (turbine conversion by Frakes) in any of them.

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Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:35 pm

Quoting Scooter01 (Reply 29):
Grumman Mallard (turbine conversion by Frakes)

Yes I mentioned it in reply 2. Must admit my list read less well and didn't mention 'Grumman' if you searched automatically.
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Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:57 pm

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 30):
Yes I mentioned it in reply 2.

OOOPS -I stand corrected.

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Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:23 pm

think we should set a parameter....
so, if you flew a Mercure,? that's very rare indeed as only 11 or 12 made...
the same foe a A320-100.... only 15ish ever built..
lets say aircraft where there were less than 50 built
 
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Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:00 am

Quoting TUGMASTER (Reply 32):
lets say aircraft where there were less than 50 built

I think that's a good parameter, as what is rare now was not at some other time. Similarly if you live in Atlanta then the MD-88 and MD-90 are all you ever see, whereas they are incredibly rare in the rest of the world.

Under 50 I have:

Boeing 747-400ER (6)
Boeing 737-100 (30)
Airbus A340-500 (34)
Boeing 767-400 (37)

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Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:01 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 27):
Rare frames:

Dornier 328JET (Ultimate Jet Charters)
MD90 (DL)

I too have been on both the 328Jet (Skyway Airlines, The Midwest Express Connection) and the MD-90 (Delta).

Other rare types that I've flown include: DC-9-30/50 (Northwest, Delta), DC-10-40 (Northwest), Avro RJ-85 (Mesaba Airlines d/b/a Northwest Airlink), B757-300 with P&W engines (Northwest, Delta).
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Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:06 pm

Back in 1999 I took a family trip from Australia to the USA, flying through LA, Chicago, Louisville, Charlotte, Huntsville, Denver and San Francisco.
We took both United Airlines and US Airways for the trip. On the trip I flew on a B747-400 (to and from USA across the Pacific), a DC-10 (LAX-ORD) and a B727 (ORD-SDF). All these unique machines were United Airlines while the US Airways trips were made on A320s.

Back then it was common to take a B744 on any long-haul trip out of Australia. Ironic to say, back then it was sometimes a disappointment to see the old UA bird parked at a gate instead of something newer like a B777 or otherwise fitted with all the futuristic-for-then toys like IFE. These days I think that feeling would be the opposite heheh.

Both of the 747 flights were very long and painful (over 14 hours non-stop at night between the Australian East coast and the US West coast). I do remember that on all these flights, the take-off roll is very long and fast, leaving you wondering if the plane is ever going to lift off the ground.

The DC-10 flight was only a short trip and I just remember it also feeling like a very large, powerful plane with a nice spacious cabin. It was actually a great flight with amazing view of the Rockies through those huge windows!

The final leg of that 20-hour journey was the United B727. Leaving Chicago we had intense heavy rain, but the plane ride was one of the smoothest and most comfortable I have ever taken. It was also a vert powerful take-off and climb. Most of this flight was spent sleeping, but I do remember checking-out the rear stairs feature (we only used air bridges to load and unload).

Since that trip the only other real rare aircraft I've been on have been some Fokker F100s with Air Niugini (are they even rare these days?) and a dismal 10-hour ride in a Thai MD-11 from MEL-BKK in Y (middle seat of the 5 seat centre stack) stuck between crying kids and a heavy set couple. Lots of turbulence throughout the flight and finished with a really rough landing that felt like the landing gear was actually damaged afterwards.
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:19 pm

Rare even when being flown:

Chalks Ocean Airways Grumman Mallard 73-T. Flew on these on various occasions in and out of Miami Seaplane Base, PID and FLL. Awesome airplane.

ATA 737-300. Flew it once from MDW-LGA when ATA had the 733 for a short period of time.

DL 757-300.

QF 747-400ER LAX-AKL SYD-LAX

Rare now:
Bahamasair 737-200. When I flew it the 732 was not that uncommon though in the year 2000.

BA 757-200, flew on it in January 2010 not to long before the fleet was retired.

MQ ATR-42 in MIA, they were not based in MIA very long IIRC.

This past February flew on a CX 747-400 from HKG-HND.

IB 747-300 flew it in June 2002.

CZ 734 in February of 2010

I've flown on others like DL 727, US 734, AA A300 but I would not consider them really rare besides for they are now retired but when I flew on those planes at the time they were far from rare.
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Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:45 pm

I'm thankful for my opportunity to fly on the Shorts 360 from BOS to PWM with Business Express in 1991.

Also my flight on a NW DC-9-10 from MEM to DTW in 1996.

At the times of these flights it didn't even cross my mind how soon these planes would be out of US skies.


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I have been very fortunate to have flown on several oldies:
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:50 am

As others have noted, define rare. For me it's planes that the average person wouldn't get a chance to fly on.

All within North America or the Caribbean

Antonov An-2
Antonov An-24
Antonov An-26
Ilyushin Il-62
Tupolev Tu-154
DC-3
B-25 Mitchell "Old Glory"
B-25J Mitchell "Grumpy"
 
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Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:28 pm

My list:

DHC-2 (Some may not view it as rare)
DHC-3 (Again, sort of common in Canada)
Noorduyn Norseman
Ford Trimotor
727-200
And for the past two years I had been flying the Hawker Siddeley 748.

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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:08 pm

I looked at my log book and I am going to post a complete list:
A318
ATR-72-200
Avro 100
717
727-200
737-200
737-300
737-400
737-500
737-600
747-100
747-200
747-400
757-300
767-200
767-200ER
767-400ER
BN-2B Islander
CRJ-440
DC-10-10
DC-10-40
DC-9-30
EMB-120
L-1011-1
L-1011-250
L-1011-500
MD-11
MD-83
MD-90
PA-34
Saab 340
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:06 pm

Some people are posting pretty much every ac type they have been on :P 747-400, really? I'll change the rule a bit with my response: aircraft types that I've flown on at a time when they were already rare.

MD-11 when KLM was already the last passenger operator
737-200 - Bahamasair in 2011
737-600 - SAS, always rare
737-900 - Alaska, this (non-ER) is rare for someone who lives outside of the US
Bae-146 - Flybe in 2006, not sure if so rare back then
DC9-30 & -50 - three flights with DL 2010-11, rare outside of the US
A300-600R - TG in 2010
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:41 am

Flow 747-400D (NH) and A345 (EK) before, I beleive they fit the definitation of "rare"
 
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Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:43 am

Airbus A310 (Air Transat)
Airbus A318 (Air France)
Airbus A340-500 (Etihad)
Boeing 747-200SUD (KLM)
Boeing 767-400ER (Delta)
Douglas DC-9-50 (Delta - rare at the time I flew it anyways...)
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Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:42 pm

Piper P-31-350 Navajo (Oldest Plane in my log at 37.2 years!)
Goodyear Blimp, Spirit of Innovation
Lockheed L-1011
A343 (SA)

  

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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:35 am

Regarding rare aircrafts, I've flown on :
Mercure (Air Inter)
Caravelle Super 10 & super 12 (Air Ainter)
Fokker 28 & 100
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:05 am

My only claim to fame for rare aircraft 'is' the MD-11.

American Airlines JFK to LHR about 20 years ago. ( outbound was a 767 )

( well and Concorde a few times but being British and working at LHR for 10 years it doesn't really seem that rare )
 
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:22 pm

Well, the rarest one in the logbook is the L1011 Tristar, when Delta used to fly SJU-MCO.

Rare today but common a few years ago:
Airbus A300-600R (American)
Boeing 727 (American, Champion, Planet)

Rare in the sense that production ended with less than 500 units:
MD-90 (Delta)
Boeing 717 (AirTran)
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RE: Rare Aircraft Youve Flown On?

Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:45 pm

In terms of types:

Tupolev 204-100: 2 times in 2013 (PEK/FNJ)
Xian XA-60: 3 times in 2011, all the same craft. (REP-PKZ-LPQ-VTE)
Airbus A320-100 4 times in 2005/6 (LHR/NCL/GLA/ EDI & BSL-CDG)
DC10-40: 1 time in 1997 (MSP-SEA)
MD11: 1 time in 1997 (MEM-AMS)

Subtypes:

RR Engined 767s: In addition to BA (common), have flown MIAT (ULN-PEK)

Prototypes/First crafts:

G-BUSB: 2005, LHR-GLA The only A320 to be painted into British Caledonian colours; appropriate on this day, despite the vote!

OE-LAO: 2005, PVG-VIE. The first A332.

B-HLJ: 2012; BKK- HKG. The prototype 330, all models.

B-HNL: 2014; PVG-SIN. The prototype 777, all models.

This is against a background of just under 600 flights to date.

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