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Your First Flight

Postby Mayfly » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:04 am

Having just read Spitfires thread about the Bristol Britannia been the first A/C he flew in I wondered what was yours....

I never flew before I joined the RAF so mine was a HS Andover as an experience flight :D


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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Wedgy » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:18 am

Monarch DC10 ... to Italy.

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Mid-Late 80s I think - I was in my early teens. Papa-Wedgy may be able to clarify ;)

Didnt do too much flying after that, so a flight on Concorde was soon after :D

Did a lot of flying due to my job ... no aircraft to write home about though ;)
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Stevieboy » Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:24 am

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Monarch BAC-111 from Luton to Verona for a school trip back in da, di, da, di, dum. ;)
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:35 am

Mine was in Auster J-1N Alpha G-AJEI, at skengness aerodrome probably late 80s, with my dad :) I was probably 6 or 7.

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Next flight was a 737 (I think) from Luton to Majorca in 1992. Then there was a long gap before I went on a 747 to New york (JFK) in 2004.
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby RLN » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:16 pm

My first flight was in a Dragon Rapide round Blackpool Tower in the mid 60s. Then I didn't fly until I went to Iran in 1969 in a Super VC10 - still got the ticket stub.


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Re: Your First Flight

Postby IanM » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:36 pm

First time off the ground was in a glider some when around 1994.

First 'proper' flight was in a Monarch Airbus (I think) to Malaga in 1998.
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Spitfire » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:07 pm

Mayfly wrote:Having just read Spitfires thread about the Bristol Britannia been the first A/C he flew in I wondered what was yours....


Well it wasn't technically my first time off the ground in that my Dad paid a lot of money, in those days, for us both to go up in a Westland Whirlwind chopper from a local fete when I was 8. (1960) :D
I remember hovering over a local cricket match causing much consternation to the players ;) :p
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Dan4th » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:22 pm

Too young at the time to remember, but my Dad told
me my first flight was on a Northeast Airlines DC-3
from Bangor to Boston then return three days later.
That was probably around 1953.

He also told me I was "unimpressed".

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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Pujgnie » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:30 pm

Chipmunk at RAF St Mawgan (Summer Camp ATC) Kirby Cadet Glider (Old Sarum ATC) :)

Followed by.. VC10, Andover, Hercules, Puma, Wessex, Lynx and a noisey Wokka, BAC 111, Trident. Also been in a Nimrod Stimulator at St Mawgan.. short flight, crashed and burned !!!
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Tom.com » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:32 pm

don't know was a baby :D

Been AEF in a Cessna 172 and a tutor since then - for those that haven't done aeros they are awesome especially with the visibility of the tutor
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Cluny » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:33 pm

My first flight was in a Virgin Atlantic 747-200 to Florida in 92 :)
My first [and only so far] at the controls was in a Cessna 152 at Turweston in 2000 for 18th B-)
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Dangerousdave » Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:57 pm

Mine was a glider.My first powered one was a Chipmunk from Newton closely followed by a Piper and then an open cockpit glider out of Scampton in the fog.

I have also flown in an Apache (and done an emergency landing at Duxford in it) and hung out of Cessna taking aerial photos over Wales. I have also flown in loads of microlights, light aircraft, helicopters, auto gyros and been parachuting etc.
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Mackrick » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:20 pm

A Hawker Hunter back in the 70's :D
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Gully » Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:56 pm

Mine was a Schools Abroad charter to go skiing in December '83. No idea on the airline, but it was a 737! Must have a photo somewhere: probably in an album lurking in Mum and Dad's loft along with the rest of the rubbish they think should now be insulating my house! :)

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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Mayfly » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:28 am

Mackrick you are just showing off now ............. :p
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Marmite » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:20 am

Unfortunately I cant remember what type of plane it actually was, but my first ever flight was a half hr flying lesson from Shobdon airfield in Herefordshire, a birthday present from my brother and I was in my 20's..... (a long time ago :) now) . To me it was like getting into your car with some wings attached! as my first ever flight it was a bit of a thrill actually being allowed to take off myself :) .
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Spitfire » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:51 am

Marmite wrote:Unfortunately I cant remember what type of plane it actually was, but my first ever flight was a half hr flying lesson from Shobdon airfield in Herefordshire, a birthday present from my brother and I was in my 20's..... (a long time ago :) now) . To me it was like getting into your car with some wings attached! as my first ever flight it was a bit of a thrill actually being allowed to take off myself :) .

Ah Shobdon - remember it well - my wife and I went to school in Leominster just up the road from there - I've flown from there a couple of times - they used to have an annual air display when we were kids - memories eh!
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Mackrick » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:10 pm

Mayfly wrote:Mackrick you are just showing off now ............. :p


Sorry MF :ymblushing:
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby MadNaddy » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:29 pm

Pujgnie wrote:Chipmunk at RAF St Mawgan (Summer Camp ATC) Kirby Cadet Glider (Old Sarum ATC) :)

Followed by.. VC10, Andover, Hercules, Puma, Wessex, Lynx and a noisey Wokka, BAC 111, Trident. Also been in a Nimrod Stimulator at St Mawgan.. short flight, crashed and burned !!!



OK OK I get the message :((

I wasn't at all interested in what it was as long as I got there in one piece, but it took me from Manchester to Corfu when I was 19! :ymblushing:
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Stevieboy » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:03 pm

Mackrick wrote:A Hawker Hunter back in the 70's :D


I've done Hunter simulator (and Hawk) at RAF Brawdy and Jagaur at RAF Coltishall. And I didn't crash (number of take offs = number of landings). Does that count? :ymblushing:
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Mackrick » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:46 pm

done Hunter, lancaster, chipmunk, bulldog, belfast, devon, dove, comet, andover, lightning, hawk, jaguar, jetstream, dominie, jetprovost, BAE 146, VC10, Tristar, Hercules J & K, Whirlwind, Seaking, Chinook, and Civvy aircraft including Concorde as well .

Flight Sims Jaguar, Hawk, Jetsream, Dominie, Concorde, 747, Tristar, VC10, BAE 146, Hercules J. :D

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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Stevieboy » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:24 pm

Mackrick wrote:done Hunter, lancaster, chipmunk, bulldog, belfast, devon, dove, comet, andover, lightning, hawk, jaguar, jetstream, dominie, jetprovost, BAE 146, VC10, Tristar, Hercules J & K, Whirlwind, Seaking, Chinook, and Civvy aircraft including Concorde as well .

Flight Sims Jaguar, Hawk, Jetsream, Dominie, Concorde, 747, Tristar, VC10, BAE 146, Hercules J. :D

Always in the right place at the right time....


I've done an RAF type that you haven't - Puma. 8-}

Would swap it for a Lightning trip anyday though.

Missed my Whirlwind trip due to the Fastnet dissaster back in 1979. X(
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Tom.com » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:24 pm

well if I'm a good cadet then I might get a flight in a Herc at annual camp this year if I go :p
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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Dan4th » Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:04 am

Tom.com wrote:well if I'm a good cadet then I might get a flight in a Herc at annual camp this year if I go :p





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Re: Your First Flight

Postby Mackrick » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:33 pm

Tom.com wrote:well if I'm a good cadet then I might get a flight in a Herc at annual camp this year if I go :p


Don't go jumping out the back though ;)
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