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#904376 by Maximus
31 May 2015, 18:14
I am reading "Skyfaring" by Mark Vanhoenacker at the moment and it got me thinking about my first ever flight on an aircraft...

1982
Monarch Airlines
Luton to Alghero, Sardinia

The most memorable part was take-off and landing of course, but also the the meal: meat pie, mashed potatoes and rockhard burnt peas. Dessert was half a tinned peach with a whirl of dream topping on top.

Needless to say, as an excited kid I ate the lot ;)

What was you first flight? When, with what airline and where to? What is your most memorable aspect of your maiden flight?
#904378 by pjh
31 May 2015, 18:17
A DC-3 from Londonderry (I think) to Ringway in 1959 or so. Have no idea which airline.
#904379 by chumba
31 May 2015, 18:21
A British Airways super 1-11 from Manchester to Copenhagen on a school trip in 1979.

I remember walking onto the tarmac and up the stairs at the rear of the aircraft. :D
#904382 by pjh
31 May 2015, 18:28
chumba wrote:A British Airways super 1-11 from Manchester to Copenhagen on a school trip in 1979.

I remember walking onto the tarmac and up the stairs at the rear of the aircraft. :D


Still do on Easyjet. :)
#904384 by David
31 May 2015, 18:32
Wardair 747 out of Prestwick to Calgary to meet cousins who had emigrated.

Everything was new, but memories were china plates and proper cutlery etc. ?|

Never realised how big the jumbos were until the same trip the next year when at the next gate was Concorde. :D

That was a few years ago :0

David
#904386 by chumba
31 May 2015, 18:50
pjh wrote:
chumba wrote:A British Airways super 1-11 from Manchester to Copenhagen on a school trip in 1979.

I remember walking onto the tarmac and up the stairs at the rear of the aircraft. :D


Still do on Easyjet. :)


if i remember these stairs were actually folded out of the aircraft at the rear under the tail fin :D
#904387 by hazban
31 May 2015, 19:13
Like pjh a DC 3 in the mid to late fifties. This was with BEA from Ringway to the Channel Islands, I remember that my mother was very hesitant about boarding. She thought that all the riveting was a sign of slapdash repairs and had assumed that the fuselage would be made in one piece!
The next leg was in a DH Rapide from either Jersey or Gurnsey to Alderney, she had no qualms about that flight as it was a "proper " aircraft with a spare wing!
#904393 by Sunseeker
31 May 2015, 19:57
Mine was in the 70s don't really remember to much but it was Alitalia lhr to Rimini I was I got went to sleep as flight was about 9pm woke up when we landed and asked when were we taking off
#904395 by Eggtastico
31 May 2015, 20:16
early 90s - club 18-30
double touched at Gatwick

Air hostess was messing around with one of the baggage compartments & above my mate who was fast asleep.
Not sure what she did, but a bucket of Ice & ice water fell out all over my mate.

On landing we heard the cabin crew call the pilot to say the engine was on fire.
When we disembarked the plane there was a big scorch mark along the fuselage.
#904399 by honey lamb
31 May 2015, 21:02
A "Twice around Blackpool Tower and back in time for tea" flight taken long before most of you were born on some dinky little plane. :0

I fell in love with flying on that trip. ^)
#904400 by LHRrules
31 May 2015, 21:06
Skyfaring is a fantastic book. I highly recommend it to anyone with even the slightest interest in aviation. Superbly written.
#904401 by SNOMO
31 May 2015, 21:38
Late 1960's I think, first 747 to land at Porec airport Yugoslavia. We thought all the fire engines/ambulances we're out to great us, later told it was cause they weren't sure the runway was going to be long enough for us to land!!!! Think it was also when you could only take £50 abroad with you! Oh happy days :-)
#904404 by pjh
31 May 2015, 22:03
chumba wrote:
pjh wrote:
chumba wrote:A British Airways super 1-11 from Manchester to Copenhagen on a school trip in 1979.

I remember walking onto the tarmac and up the stairs at the rear of the aircraft. :D


Still do on Easyjet. :)


if i remember these stairs were actually folded out of the aircraft at the rear under the tail fin :D


Ah, now I see what you mean.


honey lamb wrote:A "Twice around Blackpool Airport and back in time for tea" flight taken long before most of you were born on some dinky little plane. :0


I did something similar much later in in life when my brother bought my dad a trial flying lesson.,,,


honey lamb wrote:I fell in love with flying on that trip. ^)


I, on the other hand, thought I was going to die.

"Pull back on the stick when the airpseed reaches 80" said the instructor.

Dad pulled the stick back at 70

"Stall alert! Increase airspeed immediately!" shouted every alarm.

"" went my heart.
#904446 by snowyboy
01 Jun 2015, 17:57
1960s Bristol freighter Lydd to La Touquet with car hairy could see water through gaps in the doors. Did not fly very high.
#904452 by PaulS
01 Jun 2015, 18:57
First flight 1979 Laker Skytrain Dc10 to JFK. My first VS on Barberella maiden flight from LGW to MIA in 2001 economy exit row.
#904453 by pjh
01 Jun 2015, 19:03
PaulS wrote:First flight 1979 Laker Skytrain Dc10 to JFK.


Now that we need a TR for.... :)
#904473 by Mash Tattie
01 Jun 2015, 20:26
Mine was around 1978 on a British Caledonian DC10 from Gatwick to Lagos. I was about 7 years old and flew this route many times over the following few years as my father worked in Nigeria.
#904487 by Sealink
01 Jun 2015, 21:32
An Air Atlantis 737.

From Belfast to Faro. Even the flight delay excited me, as I could then join in flight delay conversations!!
#904496 by pjh
01 Jun 2015, 22:40
Sealink wrote:An Air Atlantis 737.


Who thought up that name? Why not choose, I don't know, "Air Icarus"
#904611 by Jack Sparrow
03 Jun 2015, 11:21
pjh wrote:A DC-3 from Londonderry (I think) to Ringway in 1959 or so. Have no idea which airline.

y) We must be the same vintage pjh, as my first flight was also on a DC3 in 1958 from Speke (Liverpool) as it was then to Bremen on a school exchange trip. I also don't remember the airline, but we were supplied with leather helmets and goggles ;)
#904613 by Jack Sparrow
03 Jun 2015, 11:26
honey lamb wrote:A "Twice around Blackpool Airport and back in time for tea" flight taken long before most of you were born on some dinky little plane. :0

I fell in love with flying on that trip. ^)

not before I was born honey lamb ;)
#904642 by Fuzzy14
03 Jun 2015, 19:10
Britannia 737 (probably a -200) September 1985, I was 8, Glasgow-Ibiza. I was in seat 1A. Best thing I remember was the take off, the sausages for breakfast and my ears hurting on landing.

Ive been recommend Skyfaring by somebody else, will look out for it.
Virgin Atlantic

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