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    Posted: 07 Jul 2009 at 7:32pm
Hi
Just wondering what people most memroble aviation experiance was?
Mine was when I was comeing home from Lapland (Finland) the aircraft took 3 attempts at take off! Dead

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My plane journeys have all gone without a hitch.  Granted I dont really fly all the time, but I've still been on my fair share of aircraft.

The most memorable for me was coming into London City with that notoriously steep approach. 
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I've had a couple actually.  Once when returning from holiday in Alicante, flying with Caledonian on a Lockheed L1011 Tristar (long time ago, probably mid-late 90's).  An engine quit on takeoff, so we had to taxi back to the terminal. They couldn't get it fixed but had to fly another one in, which took 14 hours!!
 
Another was on a BA 777 just departing New York during a storm, the aircraft got struck by lightning and subsequently experienced sink so fierce that the drinks trolley shot up and hit the ceiling, smashing the plastic trim panels to smitherines!
 
My favourite though was a short flight with South African Airlines (my favourite airline!) from Kruger National Park (Nelspruit Airport) to Cape Town on an E145. Midway through the flight I was asked if I wanted to visit the flight deck, and I stayed there until engine shut-down in Cape Town!
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I have two.
 
One, when the captain announced over the loudspeaker that her name was Linda.
 
And two, after hitting an air pocket, and dropping for what seemed like forever with my stomach in my mouth.
 
 
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I've had a few aswell, one- landing in Nice and getting to sit in the captains seat of an A319.
 
Also when I was flying being told that there was an aircraft at 12 o'clock at one mile!
 
Being delayed for thirteen hours at Doncaster airport, then when the aircraft came into land it had to make a go around.  In the end I never got that holiday then had to drive 4 hours home to perth.  That was an experience. In a BAD way!
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i won a flight on a L39-C Albatross.. the flight demonstated fighter tactical manoeuvres (wingover, loop, 4pt hesitation roll, lazy 8, vertical roll, split S, derry turn, aileron roll) and ending high-speed low-level dash back to Hunter Valley...

i took control doing 2 aileron rolls...hit +3G most. here's some pics..

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Well I think that's blown the others guys away RasOlo! Big%20smile
 
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Mine so far has to be aerobatic gliding.

Did an aerotow to 4500ft and did a series of loops, chandelles and stall turns which were +5g manouveres, but, we didn't do a beatup which is dissapointing (too much airfield traffic).
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Most memorable aviation experience was going solo for the first time
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Going solo is always fairly memorable, as first flights in a new type often are. I can't really remember my first solo though. I can remember a couple of later first solos though in more potent aeroplanes (well, one, as every aeroplane since has had a least 2 crew!).

Due to the job I've been quite lucky - a very low run in and break at Duxford in the last military Harvard in Europe; aerobatics in an Alpha Jet with several of the most talented pilots around (over a few flights, not all at the same time!); a light weight departure in a Funbus from Norway, and most recently a very special formation flight.
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The very special formation flight is top secret.
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Hotty could tell you but he would then have to make sure you couldn't tell anyone else.
 
I'm sure you understand.
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Originally posted by MartinW MartinW wrote:

The very special formation flight is top secret.
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Hotty could tell you but he would then have to make sure you couldn't tell anyone else.


If I did I'd have to shoot you.

The pictures are elsewhere on the web.

Sadly with the Harvard and Alpha Jet, being based at Boscombe Down, I decided not to bend the rule (enforced in large letters at the main gate) regarding taking cameras, which is a bit of a regret, as it'll never happen again. Unless I acquire a brain size of a planet in the next decade. Doubtful.
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My most memorbale flights?
 
No 1 & 2 - Flying on Concorde when I was Five in 1986 from Heathrow to Yeovilton (escorted by two Sea Harriers) and flying back from New York in 2003.
 
No 3 - My first flight in a Dash 8-300 with Brymon Airways from Bristol to Plymouth (I was on the jumpseat on the flight deck).
 
No 4 - Flying back from Brazil on an ERJ-145 to Bristol, taking three days to complete.
 
No 5 - Flying back to Bristol one evening on an ERJ-145 landing in a 30kt crosswind.
 
No 6 - not yet done but would love to fly in a VC-10 before they are retiredWink
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In no particular order:
 
1.  DHC-6 Twin Otter Seaplane flight from Male to our resort in the Maldives
 
2.  Mid 80's getting up on the flight deck of a B747-300 with Singapore Airlines (and finding the first officer eased back with his feet up on the panel)  :-)
 
3.  First Solo Landaways (to Wick and Kirkwall)
 
4.  Grass Strip training at Dornoch with a stonking crosswind.  :-D
 
5.  Coming back from Kirkwall one day:  G-IT, Traffic information for you, fast jet, 1000' below you at your 6 o'clock turning right.....(by the time I looked round, RAF Tornado was moving from my 5 o'clo...4 o'clo...3 o'clo....he's gone....)
 
6.  Anytime you get to experience the approach and landing onto Runway 33 at Sumburgh as you approach below the light house and turn onto  a very short final.  Oh yeah.
 
I'm sure that over the years there will be many more to come.
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Just to add another memorable expierence.

Easter 2008 flying back from florida on a United 777 and looking out at Ireland and the Isle of Man all lit up like christmas trees with dawn breaking ahead of the aircraft.
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1 ) Viewing the cockpit of a 737-400, enroute from Norwich - Tenerife, flying down the coast of Africa, brilliant sight,
 
2 ) Walking across the tarmac at Gatwick to the steps of the A321 flight to Palma and seeing a 767 being pushed back and starting number 2 engine a few gates down
 
after hitting an air pocket,
 
Technically these do not exist but i know what you mean Wink
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I have 4:

1) Going into a Fa-18 and going straight up for a couple thousand feet
2) On a safari skimming the water with a propliner
3) going on the A380 for the 1st time
4) flying a seaplane in the Maldives
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quite a few although they wont mean much to others.  In no order at all.
 
1) seeing the Flight deck of a Pan Am 747-100 whilst en route from Heathrow to Miami
 
2) First ever flight, was in a British Caledonian BAC 1-11 to Jersey from Gatwick.   Weather was horrendous, first landing was great fun!
 
3) being on one of the last BA DC-10 flights from Gatwick to Bermuda.  I enjoyed it as it was an ex British Caledonian DC-10.  Not fond of BA to be honest.
 
4) flying on a Delta L-1011 a few times before they were retired.  One of my favourite sights in the sky in that old livery.
 
5) a few missed approaches, always great fun.  Had one in a 757 into Gatwick, two in a Ryanair 737 into Newquay in very strong winds.
 
6) landings in general: one in an Air South West Dash 8 into Plymouth springs to mind, as does an incredibly wet one in a Malaysian 747-400 into Penang.  The reversers sent the water up wildy after a heavy down pour.
 
7) any flight in business class.  Heathrow via Penang / Kuala Lumpar to Sydney with Malaysian Airlines for the Rugby World Cup in 2003.  Virgin from Washington to Heathrow, and Cathay Pacific Heathrow via Hong Kong to Sydney return in a brand new cabin.
 
8) having a flight cancelled in Florida in 2005 and then realising that the aircraft that they subsequently chartered to take us to Washington was a Pan Am Clipper Connection Boeing 727-200.  I doubted I will ever fly a 727 again.   The last time before that was in 1992!!
 
9) seeing the Northern Lights whilst en-route from Calgary to London aboard an Air Canada A330.
 
10) last but not least, every time I approach Newquay's runway 12 (i.e. from the sea) and see all that beautiful coastline.  If I sit in seat D (dash 8) I can virtually see my flat.
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I only have a couple! When I was much younger
1.being given the controls (well being told I was!) of a VIR 747 over the atlantic for a few seconds and
 2.flying solo for the first time.
3.Also seeing the cockpit of a 757 with large, separated cumulus clouds, about to reach 10,000ft I think, the view was STUNNING.
 
How did so many of you manage to get seats in the Jumpseat! I didn't think you could even visit the flightdeck anymore inflight!
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I have a few as well,

1. First flight - 31 May 1977, Piper Archer ZS-JUG - At Grand Central Airport Jo'burg.
 
2. First flying lesson - 1980, Cessna 150 - ZS-JWW - At Rand Airport Jo'Burg.
 
3. First aborted take off (DC-3 ZS-FRM), flying as passenger from the Kruger National Park -
    Jo'Burg after hitting a warthog on the runway.
 
4. First aircraft accident - ZS -JVB - Piper Cherokee, aborted take off(after becoming
    airborne) ran off of runway. Nose gear broke. My cousin was the PIC.
 
5. Night flight in a SAAF DC-4 from Namibia to Pretoria - just seeing those exhuasts glow
    bright orange and the blue flames. And the noise from those P&W radials.
 
6. First jump seat flight - Airbus A300 - ZS - SDD nicknamed -Delta Dog by the SAA pilots
    who flew her. She always flew one wing low
 
7. Flying in an almost empty 747SP - quickest ever take off in a jet, followed by a very
    rapid climb.
 
8. Taking my youngest son flying for the first time, he was only 3 days old.
 
There are many others, but those are the most memorable.
 
 
 
 
 
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