Your first Flying experience?

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  1. TrueBlueFlyer
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    I love reading the posts like one recently about flying before jet service... etc. While I'm not old enough to have the pleasure of such flights, my first "up in the air" experience was aboard an old Soviet helicopter.

    I was young enough for my father to grab me under one arm, and a bottle of vodka in the other and run towards the village pasture field, where a converted military chopper was loading grass seeds for an agricultural mission, lol

    That was the coolest half an hour childhood experience I could remember.

    Please share your stories.
     
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    The first one that I remember was in 1981. I was an unaccompanied minor heading from YYZ to YEG to visit relatives. From what I recall, the Flight Attendants were very friendly and nice to me and brought me all the juice and snacks a kid could ask for. :)

    Airline: Air Canada
    Aircraft: L-1011
     
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    I was five, on my way to Florida with my mom to visit my grandparents. My mom told me to watch the clouds for CareBears. It kept me entertained the entire way! (And the way back...and for many more flights until I was far past the age where I should have known that magical bears living in the clouds weren't real)
     
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    Flying on Republic Airlines from YYZ to MSP....that's a long time ago.
     
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    I flew to LAX from [probably] LGA in a 707 with my parents. I don't remember what airline it was. I believe Eisenhower was still President.
     
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    Not my first flight, but probably the most memorable... Eastern Airlines on one of their last scheduled flights into DTW. I was flying as an unaccompanied minor, and the strike had already begun. I didn't really understand the labor dispute at the time, but the airline staff were all very on-edge. Our flight arrived late (and late at night), and I was pulled through a cordoned-off airport terminal to nervous parents and a bunch of local TV station cameras.
     
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    ORD-JFK-ROM, 1972. There was a massive air traffic controllers strike in Europe and we had to leave a day early, and somehow in the height of the high season our travel agent found us seats on TWA. The 727 ORD-JFK was uneventful. When we boarded at JFK, we ended up on a mobile lounge buggy (sort of like what is still in use at IAD, only maybe a bit larger). Not realizing this, I was very concerned that the travel agent had made a terrible mistake and that my dad was going to have to stand all the way to ROM and that I didn't like the 707 nearly as much as I liked the 727. :)

    Then I remember the Chaplin movie "City Ligths" playing on the overheads during the flight.
     
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    Ozark Airlines, heading from the Midwest to Florida. They were gobbled up by TWA in 1986 and at STL there is a small display of Ozark memorabilia in a glass case next to the elite security line into C/D.
     
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    I was around 12 or 13, mid 1960's, we took the train (vista cruiser) Chgo to Calif.
    On the return there was a heavy rainstorm, bridge washed out around Sacramento, we sat in the train for 5 hours without any information; the conductors disappeared (isn't that how it is now on some airlines?) then the bussed us back to San Francisco. So my father booked us a flight back to ORD.

    I loved the flight, it felt so quiet, with the subtle buzz of the engines. No idea what airline or type of plane it was.
     
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    I was only a few months old, but my dad was in the Canadian military and was posted to Germany in 1969. We flew back and forth several times over the next few years on "White Knuckle Airlines" 707's. Air Canada in the late 70's from Fredericton to Toronto was my first commercial flight, and I got to sit in the right seat of the DC9 for a few minutes. Ahh, the days LOL.
     
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    A United DC-6 from PDX to LAX in 1954. I was by myself with (really) a note pinned to my shirt. I got a tour of the cockpit, some pot metal wings, a coloring book and a deck of cards.
     
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    Spring 1980. I was applying to graduate schools (lived in Central Michigan at the time) and the University of Texas-Austin offered to fly me to visit the Chemistry Dept. They paid only $125 which didn't come close to the airfare. I had 2 choices--one change of planes each way for $325 or two change of planes (multi airlines) for $275. I choose Door #2 ($275). I got to fly the following airlines: Republic Airlines, Northwest Orient, Texas Intl, Continental & Southwest.
    One of the airlines had a very basic frequent flyer program (TX Intl IIRC--they started FF program in 1979 I was told) that I'd joined. I think I went (MBS-DTW-IAH-AUS-DAL-DTW-MBS) or something like that.

    I think on SWA the stewardesses wore short shorts. Been so long ago but a great memory. I thought that CO was the classiest of the bunch. What a introduction to airlines. ;)
     
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    1949 - DC 3 STL-MIA, MIA-Havana. I'm guessing Eastern, but it was a long time ago and I really don't remember. I do remember that everyone got a small pack of cigarettes on their meal tray, no matter how old they were. Of course, every seat on the plane was in the smoking section. Your friends who were seeing you off could come on the plane briefly prior to departure. Things have changed somewhat over the years.
     
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    It is threads like this that makes me realise how many old folk there are on MP.

    Waiting for the first "I was at Kitty Hawk" post.
     
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    I was at the ripe young age of 20. My first ever flight was the 12+ hour jaunt of LAX-MAN on a BA 747. Once they closed the doors, I was locked in, and there was not much I could do about it. I've been hooked ever since.
     
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    Eisenhower was President; but it was before Sputnik. Can't remember the airline.
     
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    Just after I graduated from high school Flew on Piedmont to West Palm Beach to spend a couple weeks with my aunt
     
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    Spring 1987, college trip to MIA.
    On my first flight for work a about a year later, my coworker proceeded to tell me the story of how his father was killed in a plane crash. Not a story one really wants to hear when this is only your 5th leg to ever fly.
     
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    1973 - New Zealand to Hawaii (not direct)
     
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    My first flight(s) alone were when I was 19. Decided I was not ready to start the school year, so I booked a ticket to HKG (from YYZ via YVR). Flight was on Canadian. Not sure how many hours it was, but I had a great time on the flight, impressed with the china and cutlery (actually found the fork I had used for the dinner service on the flight in my desk drawer many years later![​IMG])

    The landing at the old city airport was amazing!

    return flight was also great as they upgraded me and my grandfather!
     
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    It was on an Eastern Airlines flight to some northeastern US city. We kids got to go up in the cockpit and talk to the pilots during flight, and they gave us little airline pins for our shirts.

    Later, when I was about 12, my family was staying in a hotel in Cleveland. I walked alone to the downtown airport and was permitted to (unescorted) go up in the control tower. There were just 2 guys there, and they weren't very busy so they showed me all the equipment. Then one controller made a crude remark about the fact that the other's wife was pregnant and how she had become so...it was vulgar then, but would be tame on TV nowadays.
     
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    Now that you mention it... [​IMG]

    Actually, about 3 months old, on a defunct airline (possibly Capital or Capitol?), doubtless a defunct plane type, from LHR to Idlewild.

    First flights I actually remember were as a YPTA (now called UM apparently [​IMG]) in 1969. TN (Trans-Australia Airlines) in a 727 MEL-SYD, followed immediately by QF (Qantas) in a 707 SYD-SIN. Both in F. Gallons of free Coca-Cola, and my roast beef dinner was carved on a 'silver service' trolley in front of me (would Sir prefer well-done or rare?)
     
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    3 months old - Abadan- Teheran-Frankfurt and then onto JFK and Chicago. I was such an adorable and well behaved baby, or so my mother many years later tells me. I think that is when I got the itch, really.
     
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    Mine was 1974 when I moved to Saudi and I believe it was on a Tristar
     
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    YPTA = young passenger travelling alone?
     

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