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Old 17.09.2011, 15:13
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A few years' back I was on holiday with a boyfriend and some friends in Verona, when I had to return to the UK a few days early. My boyfriend drove me to the airport in what we thought was good time and went back to our friends. However, when I went to check in I was told that the gate was closed.

Despite my pleas they would not let me on the flight, and informed me that the only other flight that night was full. I started to panic (this was in the days before mobiles) and insisted that I had to get back to the UK that night. A sympathetic check-in clerk told me that she would speak to the pilot of the next flight and to wait around.

After about half an hour she beckoned me and said that the pilot had agreed for me to fly back on the next flight in the cockpit. Naturally, I assumed that I was losing something in translation but ... no, I did indeed spend the entire flight strapped into the jump seat (I think), chatting to the pilot and co-pilot. It was the best flight of my life!
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Old 17.09.2011, 15:27
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Re: Flying - your most exotic airplane rides

Once I flew from San Juan to Tortola, BVI on a small Cessna on Cape Airways. It was an amazing flight, I was in the copilot's seat. The views were spectacular and the landing was on a small island runway.
The return flight was a bit different, we had to land in a rain storm in San Juan. A major storm had just passed through and their were a lot of larger planes in holding patterns to land that kept pushing back our landing. We came in for a landing three times and then had to circle three times. It wasn't so bad, I remember not feeling scared at all, but the two or three passengers in the back though we weren't going to make it. The wind was blowing, there was lots of rain but we finally landed safely.

Another time was on an old "Beaver" aircraft in Quebec. It landed and took off on the water. It was a sightseeing flight, but really awesome. My first time in a plane that lands on the water. Great experience.
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Old 17.09.2011, 15:43
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A YAK-40 flight from Niigata in Japan to Vladivostok with Vladivostok Air. There were so many flight deck crew they tumbled out when the flight attendant opened the door. You carried your own baggage on board and dumped it in a small compartment at the back of the plane that was then closed with a net...quite an experience.
That discribes the experience with Martinair from St Maarten to the neighbouring islands. Just the plane had Propeller and no space for a flight attendent, just pilots. Quite an experience.
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Old 17.09.2011, 23:50
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Re: Flying - your most exotic airplane rides

Many years ago when I was in the ATC I got to fly in an Avro Shackelton

and also a Sea King air sea rescue helicopter



and a Nimrod when it was chasing submarines, never know how much you could through such a big aircraft around the sky so much, needless to say my stomach contents got thrown around a lot as well
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Old 18.09.2011, 00:29
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Many years ago when I was in the ATC I got to fly in an Avro Shackelton

and also a Sea King air sea rescue helicopter

and a Nimrod when it was chasing submarines, never know how much you could throw such a big aircraft around the sky so much, needless to say my stomach contents got thrown around a lot as well
Ah, the "collection of spare parts in close formation" and the "paraffin budgie"

And don't feel bad about losing your lunch in the Nimrod, a lot of folk did - hence its epithet as the "Vomit Comet"

Flying out of Kinloss/Lossie, by any chance?
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Old 18.09.2011, 08:58
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Yep - My dad was stationed at Lossie, next door neighbour was a shackelton pilot which was how I managed to get that trip. Nimrod was of course from Kinloss.
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Old 18.09.2011, 12:55
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Re: Flying - your most exotic airplane rides

Yep, I've got an Antonov story that made me visit church the very next Sunday. One of my more harrowing trips was an internal Cubana Aerotaxi flight on an ancient Antonov AN-2. Highlights included brake failure on take-off, which was promptly fixed by the pilot taxiing back to the airport, jacking up the plane, and fiddling for 30 minutes, and a flight attendant whose seat was an Igloo cooler in the middle of the aisle, which also served as the in-flight catering.

The same flight attendant also offered a fly-by of the beach for an additional $2 per passenger. Flight plan? What flight plan?




And, at the other end of the scale, a 3h20 trip from London to New York and vice versa...

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Old 18.09.2011, 13:00
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And, at the other end of the scale, a 3h20 trip from London to New York and vice versa...

ooh, lucky you!! That is something I always wanted to do but didn't get round to. The most beautiful aeroplane ever ...
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Old 18.09.2011, 17:47
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Well, in a debriefing/analysis during a big exercise, the rotorheads made some scathing comments about the jet-jockeys blasting about overhead, and not getting "down and dirty" with the rest of us.

A couple of months later, found meeself kitted out, briefed, strapped into a Harrier trainer and, in a manner somewhat reminiscent of the old "Europe in three days" joke about American tourists, about to do "Wales in thirty minutes".

Pre-digital-camera days unfortunately, but here's a wee clip that captures the essence of it; the a/c is a hawk, not a harrier, but you'll get the idea, I think


Oh, and and apologies to the Axalp fans. _______Just a wee joke...

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Re: Flying - your most exotic airplane rides

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Re: Flying - your most exotic airplane rides

Fying from Montreal to Ottawa in a DC3 Just visited the air and space musem in sandiego
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Old 13.12.2011, 06:25
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Flew to and landed at London City Airport in the cockpit of a BAe 146.



And did the same at Zurich Airport in a Saab 340.



The pilots have the best seats in the house, the view was spectacular..!!
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Old 13.12.2011, 11:12
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Re: Flying - your most exotic airplane rides

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Nepalgunj to Simikot in Nepal, started with the loading of the plane, the previous 3 days flights had been cancelled due to fog, so 3 days freight plus 15 trekkers, guides and gear, completly overloaded then a new rear differential was carefully laid in the isle after we were seated!! We flew up a magnificent Himalayan valley, in the distance we could see a sheer cliff face rising steeply so on we fly, closer and closer and at the wtf we are going to die moment the pilot does a 90 deg turn drops a 1000ft on to a "runway" with the local boys shooing cows off it and comfortably managed to stop 10m before the fence on the end of the runway!! When the Hostess (no seat available so she sat on the diff for takeoff/landing!!) started to clap a silent tear ran down my face as I wondered if I would need a doctor to get the seat cushion off my butt, it was clenched that tight.
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Helicopter flight in outback Sth Australia for work. 1st time in a helicopter so my workmates "arranged" a special flight, sitting in the front with the skids 30cm off the tarmac at full speed for during takeoff was a bit alarming to say the least. We were on a search and rescue exercise flying a grid pattern which was skimming tree tops and then pulling up vertical into a torque turn/stall before going back in opposite direction - that was pretty good fun but the best part was coming back chasing fat pelicans up Coopers Creek only a couple of meters off the water.
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Old 13.12.2011, 11:30
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Re: Flying - your most exotic airplane rides

Flying within the Maasai Mara ... for me it was thrilling, for my wife terrifying. Extremely small plane with only 6 seats and very bumpy. We sat right behind the pilot.

It was like a taxi, dropping off and picking up passengers every 15 minutes at different air strips... good fun.
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Re: Flying - your most exotic airplane rides

My most exciting flight was also from Tioman, but we went back to Kuala Lumpur. Lots of turbulence on the 12-seater plane, which plummeted about 1,000 feet without warning. Still, worth it to see that beautiful island and to snorkel on the coral.
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