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An Aviation Enthusiast’s Perfect Christmas?

Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:22 pm

Hi all,

I would usually start this off with telling you my name, but as my husband frequents this site, I’m afraid he might see this, so I’ll introduxe myself as “Emily”. I have recently married the most amazing man who I know will do everything in his life to make me happy and he just so happens to be a big aviation enthusiast (please let me know if that is the correct term). This Christmas, I endeavor to repay him the favor and as he is a frequent contributor to this site, when thinking of the perfect Christmas/anniversary present for him, I realized that probably the best people to turn to would be you! So I pose the same question to you: what is your dream Christmas present? Please bear in mind that it should be reasonable in price (I’m willing to splurge, just not to extravagant lengths) and time (as in, if needed by Christmas it is easy to obtain). Would greatly appreciate any hints or suggestions from this community, as I know my husband turns to you when he needs to wind down and read about the things he loves.

Much love,
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Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:40 am

I don't know where you folks live or what his favorite airplanes are, but a trip to a first rate air museum might fill the bill. The Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio or the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, Florida, for starters. Both are first class. The Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona is quite nice and has a large collection of military and civilan airplanes.

A nice camera to photograph airplanes is another idea. If he likes to read, there are a variety of airplane books that can be purchased on the Internet. Schiffer is one publisher that has a line of aviation related books.

Aviation related videos can also be found on the internet and there're military and civilian videos to match most any enthusiast's tastes.
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Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:35 am

Thank you so much! We live in London but I love the idea of going to a first rate air museum. I will definitely do some research but if you happen to know of any in the UK off the top of your head, that would be much appreciated!
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Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:14 pm

If you live in London, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford would be a good choice. It's just west of the M11 near Cambridge. The RAF museums would also be good options. There is one in London and another at Cosford in Shropshire.

Another option would be to get him a flight on an aircraft he hasn't flown on before, but is interested in. Duxford has Tiger Moth and Dragon Rapide flights, but they normally only go in the warmer months.
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Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:22 pm

Mikebucky you saved the day! I was at a loss to remember which air museums are near London. I'd love to go there myself. I live in the United States.
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Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:53 pm

Wasn't there a topic about the Concorde Flight Simulator that is available in Surrey?
Me as an aviation enthusiast would love to get a simulator session in the Concorde as a gift from my beloved one.

Found the link again:
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Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:38 pm

If you want to go overseas, there are some pretty good aviation museums here in Australia, particularly along the east coast.
There is the HARS museum at Illawarra airport that has older WWII/Vietnam era planes and a Convair 340 (?) and an old Qantas Lockheed Constellation plus the first 747-400 in the Qantas fleet.

Further north, in outback Queensland, you can visit the QFOM (Qantas Founders Museum), and that also has a Connie, along with a 707 and 747 classic.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the very first Fokker airplane built in the world. The Dutch call it the mother Fokker.
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Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:48 am

If you want to stay in the London area Brooklands is a must! It is not too far from Heathrow.

What is he specifically into within aviation? Photography? Museums? Commercial planes? Military? Old planes? Travelling?
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Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:37 pm

In my opinion, he would want a flight simulator of some kind. Try getting him a Yoke/Joystick and a copy of XPlane11 if he has a good computer.
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Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:08 am

Hi "Elizabeth,"

I have a great idea. Over my birthday, I flew down to DFW (STL-DFW and back) and stayed at the Grand Hyatt, which is located on top of Terminal D right in front of the ramp, so you can get a great view of the heavies (eg 777s and the like) pushing back and taxiing in. The views are better from the top floors. Although it was mostly American, there were other international carriers like Korean, JAL, Icelandair, Emirates, etc. The highlight was seeing a Qantas A380 taxi right in front of our room and subsequently take off.

DFW is also one of the most spotter-friendly airports in the nation. When I went to the Grand Hyatt, the concierge literally gave me a "Spotter's Guide" (a little pamphlet showing the distinguishing features of several types of aircraft). There is also a great spotting area at the northwest corner of the airport called Founders Plaza, which has a memorial, a shaded area, and even live ATC feed (though the latter is very hard to hear). There is also a Whataburger at the NE corner of the airport that has a great view of the runway.

Needless to say, it was one of the best birthdays I've ever had
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Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:59 am

To follow on from the previous comment, my dream gift would be my wife offering to look after the kids for a week and letting me head off on an unplanned airport adventure.

Sometimes you don't need to pay for a gift, to give a gift.
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Re: An Aviation Enthusiast’s Perfect Christmas?

Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:52 pm

Hey guys,
I second the idea of a planespotters weekend... I was fortunate enough early in 2018 to be surprised with a planespotter weekend package at the Rydges hotel next door to the international terminal in Sydney. It was amazing! The room looked down onto the main runway and a scection of the apron on the northern side of the terminal. Free binoculars were included in the package but I need to warn everyone that car parking was an expensive nightmare!
I'm curious as to what 'Emily' ended up getting / doing....
Please let us know!
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