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12-02-2002, 01:16 AM
Ok what is the most classic or some might say oldest aircraft you have flown on operated by an airline?
for me it had to have been the DC-3 operated by SATA Air Azores. Of course at the time I was too young to apreciate that I was on a DC-3, but I still remember the flight, it was from Santa Maria to Lajes, via Sao Miguel, back in mid 70's
12-02-2002, 01:31 AM
How about one of Northwest's DC-9's, do those count? They're from the dawn of the jet age images/smiles/icon_razz.gif
NWA 757 300
12-02-2002, 02:51 AM
My most classic plane I flew on was just as much my first flight ever, one of the old CO 737-100's....as much as I dislike 737's, the 100's are rather cute though =)
12-02-2002, 02:57 AM
12-02-2002, 04:13 AM
Well for me it would be those flying junk yards other wise known as NW 742's
No come to think of it the ANK YS-11 I was on would be the best laff.gif
12-02-2002, 11:19 AM
I flew aboard a PIA Boeing 707 in 1989. It really flew very fast and I enjoyed its flight very much. The safety cards on this PIA Boeing 707 were very interesting and beautiful. The instructions on these safety cards were in three languages, Urdu, Chinese and English. Now I often kick myself for not taking away at least one copy of this rare PIA safety card for my own collection.
12-02-2002, 12:31 PM
Cathay's A330-300. A young aircraft but already a classic evil.gif .
12-03-2002, 12:43 AM
Iíve flown a privately owned C-47. Iíve been on Continentalís DC-3, but only on the ground. Iíve been on several Sun Country and ATA Boeing 727ís that were so old they qualify as classics!
12-03-2002, 01:12 AM
The A330 is a very Modern airliner, I don't understand what you mean.
12-03-2002, 03:29 AM
Sorry for being unclear: I consider the A330-300 being a young classic. Or what is the minimum age for a classic?
The oldest aircraft Iíve been a passenger on is probably a Delta 727 or a SAS Fokker 50. The 727 for sure is a classic if that counts.
12-04-2002, 09:10 AM
I would have to say the most classic airliner I went on was the Qantas B747SP VH-EAA one week before she was retired and sent off to the desert. It is one memory that will live with me.
12-05-2002, 05:44 AM
mine are Aces Colombia DHC-6 Twin Otter and AeroRepķblica DC-9.
12-06-2002, 01:55 AM
Eastern Airlines L 1011
Twa DC - 9
Aer Lingus 747-148
British Trident 3
Kuwait 747 -200
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12-07-2002, 02:48 AM
Probably a Northwest DC-9-14 I flew on between Wichita and Memphis a few years ago. I remembered looking up the registration number of some of the planes and they were from the '60s.
12-07-2002, 03:07 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by N391DA:
Probably a Northwest DC-9-14 I flew on between Wichita and Memphis a few years ago. I remembered looking up the registration number of some of the planes and they were from the '60s.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Honestly probably a NWA DC-9 which was also the first time I had ever flown. CLT-MSP ahh the good old days when no one made fun of the 9's. images/smiles/icon_smile.gif images/smiles/icon_wink.gif
12-07-2002, 05:03 AM
Well for me......
Trans Florida Convair 240A vintage 1949
Chalks International Grumman G-73T vintage 1947
Britt Fairchild F-27 vintage 1959 model
and the assorted 727-100s 737-100 DC9-10s 747-100 and DC8.
oh and My fave the Fairchild Hiller FH-227.
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12-07-2002, 06:04 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Gary C. Orlando:
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Long time no see Gary, hows it going?
12-07-2002, 03:45 PM
I flew from MIA to JFK on a Pan Am 747-100 or 200. In 1981. $99 trip.
(the NY to FLA was cheaper...hitch-hiked all the way. got there in 3 days; with the 1st day on the NJ Turnpike.]
Also took Mohawk BAC 1-11 from JFK to Niagra Falls... And Eastern Lockheed Electra from W-DC to LGA. Both back in the 1960s.
All three were good experiences.
12-07-2002, 07:16 PM
Well, the most classic airliner i have flown must be the SAS DC9-41..
Otherwise i have flown Aztec E (1971 model), Cherokee 140 (1967 Model), Piper Twin Commanche (1966 Model), Piper Cub (1952), and Cessna 140A (1947 model).
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12-08-2002, 05:25 AM
Well, it wasnt an airliner, but I did fly on this guy:
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12-08-2002, 02:42 PM
The most classic aircraft that I have flown his the Douglas DC-3
12-10-2002, 02:27 AM
Hmmm some classic jetliners I've been on.....
1) 737-100 (with CO back in 1993)
3) DC-9-30/-40/-50 (Have yet to fly on a -10 series images/smiles/icon_sad.gif )
4) DC-10-10 (Not that old, but from the dawn of the wide-body tri-jets)
5) L1011-250 see comment above.
12-10-2002, 06:49 PM
Ones I flew:
Probably a couple other I can't thin of right now
Couple of cracker box Airbus planes
12-11-2002, 10:06 AM
American Airlines 707 (astrojet lightning bolt scheme w/ turqoise and gold interior in y class) DAL-BAL
Delta 747 ATL-DFW
Texas International DC9-10, DC9-30 IAH-DFW, CRP-IAH-DFW
12-12-2002, 09:50 AM
When I flew on the British Airways BAC-1-11 it wasnīt a Classic Airliner, but today! clap.gif
12-12-2002, 04:23 PM
The oldest one I flew was a Junkers JU-52, made in 1939.
Other "classics" I flew:
Douglas DC-8 (Swissair)
SUD Caravelle (CTA)
Ilyushin IL-18 (Romavia)
This are the "Semi-classics" I flew:
DC-10 (American, Swissair, Balair)
L1011 (BWIA, Delta)
B737-200 (Air New Zealand, Air Algerie, Aloha)
B747-100/200 (United, Aerolineas Argentinas)
12-17-2002, 05:21 AM
I'll claim my trip on a SAETA Caravelle, Guayaquil to Quito, December 24, 1977. Ex-Alitalia bird, a bit threadbare but very quiet, and nice service.
12-17-2002, 10:55 AM
The oldest aircraft that I have been on is a Airtours International 747-200 which was leased from Air NZ in 1998 for the busy summer season. I sure was lucky images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif.
12-17-2002, 04:29 PM
Hi, The most classic aircraft i've flown on would have to be Ryanair's 737-200ADV. I've flown on FR's 732's on 4 occasions, 3 of which where spent on the special c/s-My 1st flight with them was on the 'Ready to go' logojet, 2nd time was on a normal c/s, 3rd time I was onboard the 'Kilkeny Beer' logojet and the forth time I was on the 'Bilboard' logojet. images/smiles/icon_wink.gif All 4 times I flew from MAN-DUB-MAN, I suppose I was quite lucky. nod.gif
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12-19-2002, 06:30 PM
My most classic flights were as follows:
1) PBA DC-3-277 from Naples to Key West and back in February 1981. At that time the aircraft was already 42 years old. As a former AA aircraft this DC-3 had the entrance doors on starboard side!
2) Air Sea Service CV.440-0 from Basel to Zurich, and from Zurich to Bordeaux and back
3) Balair DC-6A/C on several flights
4) Interflug IL-18D from SchŲnefeld to Prague and back
Not to forget a couple of Caravelles and DC-8s, but none of them can match a real prop.
12-22-2002, 12:07 AM
B727-100 of Cruzeiro smilewink.gif
12-27-2002, 05:41 AM
Aloha Airlines Viscount
Hawaiian Air DC-9-15
BA Trident 3
Pretty much it for what I can remember. Cheers!
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12-27-2002, 03:25 PM
Junkers Ju-52 of Ju-Air (Duebendorf to Duebendorf, near Zurich, Switzerland)
Douglas DC-3 of Servivensa (Canaima to Canaima, Venezuela)
SUD Caravelle of CTA (seven flights)
12-27-2002, 06:56 PM
A Northern Air Cargo DC-6
It was a charter job. Working a security detail. Going to Dutch Harbor.
and a Reeve Aleutian Airways Lockheed Electra going back to Fairbanks.
Do, all those United DC-8-63/73 and B-727-100 count?
10-22-2003, 04:04 PM
The ones I was too little to remember, but parents and grand father who were already aviation orientated remember for me !
- Douglas DC.6B. Several times UAT/Union Aeromartime de Transports
- Lockheed L.1049G
- Lockheed L.1649A Starliner
- Douglas DC.7C, TAI
The ones I remember
- Douglas DC.4, several times, last in '70 with Air Cameroun
- Curtiss C.46, one time, Air Cameroun again
- Boeing 707-120/120B/320/320B/320C, many times last was Ladeco in 92
- Douglas DC.8-33/53/F54/61/62/63/71/73, many times last was Translift on contract by Air Inter in '93.
- SE210 Caravelle II/VIN/10B3/11R/12, last ride in '94 Air Provence
- Lockheed Electra II, TAME and Varig
-Vickers Viscount, Cambrian, BAF.
-Vickers Vanguard, EAS-Europe Aero Services
-Iliuchin IL.18, Air Mali
-Fokker F27, Air Inter, Air Jet, Iberia, Lina Congo.
-Fairchild FH227, TAT, ACE and AeroCaribe
-Handley Page Dart Herald, TransAzur Aviation, BAF
- Hawker Siddeley HS.748, British Independant Airways.
- Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1 and 3, both with BEA
- 727-100 and 200
-737-130 and 200
-747-100 and 200
-DC.9-14 and 32.
-Bac OneEleven 200 and 500
-Ford AT5 Trimotor "Tin Goose"
-Nord 2501 Noratlas.
If they can enlist in the club of classic ;
-DC.10-10 and 30
-L.1011-1 and 500
10-22-2003, 04:09 PM
10-22-2003, 04:11 PM
-Convair CV580, Avensa,
-Convair CV990A, Swissair and Spantax.
-DeHavillandCanada DHC.2 Beaver, Kenmore Avn.
-Max Holste Broussard
If they can enlist in the club depending on either sides
-DeHavillandCanada Twin Otter
-Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante
-Swearingen Metro II
-Fokker 28-1000 and 4000
10-22-2003, 04:38 PM
Judging from its appearance, a TWA L1011 was the oldest plane I have flown. It looked shabby and during the approach to STL there was thick black smoke coming from the right engine. Also flew in one of DL's oldest 1011s and also 727/DC-9s. And the most classic non-commercial flight was aboard LH's "Aunt JU", their beautifully restored JU-52 :clap: . Gotta love that plane :heart: .
10-22-2003, 05:03 PM
The oldest models I've flown:
-722--> AA, TWA and DL
-742--> LH and AI
-L 1011-500--> TWA and DL
10-22-2003, 05:30 PM
Here's my two oldest:
Ford TriMotor 5-AT-74:
New Standard biplane:
(This one is the sister a/c to the one I flew on)
Both of these planes were built back in 1929.
10-22-2003, 07:46 PM
Prolly a 727.
10-22-2003, 08:23 PM
Alitalia 747-200 Toronto (YYZ) to Rome (FCO)
10-22-2003, 08:28 PM
Ummm lets see:
CL44 - Yukon (Royal Canadian Air Force)
Convair 440 and 580 Great Lakes Airlines (became Air Ontario)
Saunders ST-27 (Air Atonabee)
DC8-54 and 63 series (AC)
Dash 7 (DHC-7 I was there for the roll out)
and a whole bunch more I have to think about
10-22-2003, 11:37 PM
Oldest airplane: 1937 Waco UPF-7
Oldest jet: 1966 Lear 24
Oldest airliners: 727-200, 737-200, DC9-14, L1011-1.
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