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If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:23 pm

What would it be?
Only qualification is that it must not be in service by any commercial airline. Cargo operators do not count.

Tough choice for me, but I'd have to say the Boeing 314. Imagine the experience that must have been in the day.

Just a fun, light poll for a cold Wednesday afternoon.
 
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Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:48 pm

I'm going to cheat a bit (because I can't decide) and say for historic propliner it would be the Lockheed Constellation. For a historic jetliner, the BAC 1-11.

That said, ask me tomorrow and my answer will change though ;-)
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:54 pm

Easy -- The Concorde.
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:13 am

Easy the DC 5, a rare beauty.
Well uh, I obviously decided to refine this but i dont know how.
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:19 am

If it's any aircraft and not limited to airliners, I'd pick the SR-71.
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:43 am

Concorde!
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:12 am

DC-10, L1011 or MD-11 - preferably north of the wing engines for the fantastic buzzsaw.
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:13 am

It would be either the Convair 880 or L1011 hands down for me.
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:08 am

Are there any limitations on feasibility? Can it be something that doesn't even have seats for more than one person?

To many to list. But in order.

X-15
F-15 STREAK Eagle
Any kind of Constellation
Concorde (also Boeing 747, because I have never gotten to the chance and never will)
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:54 am

Concorde, L1011, 727, 707, Mercure, DC3
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:56 am

Concorde, L1011, 727, 707, Mercure, DC3
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:27 am

Definitely the L1011 for me.
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:19 am

Concorde, MD11 and Tu-114.
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:17 pm

Definitely L1011!

But Tu-114, Tu-144, Caravelle, Do X and B314 would also make me very happy.
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:37 pm

Concorde,
Boeing 707,
Ilyushin Il-62M,
Tupolev Tu-154,
Tupolev Tu-134 and
Tupolev Tu-144
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:10 pm

Mortyman wrote:
Concorde,
Boeing 707,
Ilyushin Il-62M,
Tupolev Tu-154,
Tupolev Tu-134 and
Tupolev Tu-144


You could fly 3 of them within one weekend in North Korea.
To be pedantic: As they are still in commercial service over there, they don't qualify for this thread :D :duck: .
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:58 pm

Easy: L-1011
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:31 pm

Since the answers are not limited to one:
Concorde
A tri-holer (B727, DC-10, MD-11, L1011, any one!)
IL-86
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:47 pm

Man, I'm old! I've flown on just about every "historical" aircraft mentioned so far.

For me, it would be The Hindenburg

CaptnSnow71 wrote:
Tough choice for me, but I'd have to say the Boeing 314. Imagine the experience that must have been in the day.


Ken Follet wrote a book entitled "Night Over Water". It is fiction, but true to his form, he must have put an enormous amount of research into it, as it appears very accurate. It is about a Boeing 314 flight across the Atlantic, and ... it's a 300 page "trip report". If you can find a copy, it's worth it.
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:06 pm

longhauler wrote:
Ken Follet wrote a book entitled "Night Over Water". It is fiction, but true to his form, he must have put an enormous amount of research into it, as it appears very accurate. It is about a Boeing 314 flight across the Atlantic, and ... it's a 300 page "trip report". If you can find a copy, it's worth it.


Absolutely true!
I just have started reading it for the second time.
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:00 pm

trijetsonly wrote:
Definitely L1011!

But Tu-114, Tu-144, Caravelle, Do X and B314 would also make me very happy.


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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:14 pm

Well....I had one, then three buy now reading the list it's like..oh yes that one too and that one.

So original one was... Constellation. ...Concorde and DC8.
But I'll add the Tristar, Trident, Viscount, Spitfire (can I have that one?) ....747 SP and 707 ....better add the DC10 too. That will do I think.
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:51 pm

Definitely Lockheed Constellation and Concorde. Seems like I'm on the same page as a few folks
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:43 pm

no brainer: Concorde
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:44 pm

In no particular order

L1011
Vc10
Comet 4
Trident
 
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Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:59 pm

As a lot of other people, Concorde

But also
Breguet Deux-Ponts (I like the strange looks of it),
Handley Page HP42/45
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:46 pm

jnev3289 wrote:
Definitely Lockheed Constellation and Concorde. Seems like I'm on the same page as a few folks

+1

I'd add DC-10 to the above for me for nostalgia's sake. Took many flights on DC-10's back in the day and loved it. Flew with CO, NW, HA but by far the most with UA when I lived in the Chicago area and made frequent business and vacation trips to the west coast. Nearly all those flights were on DC-10's. Many fond memories, especially when riding in F
 
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Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:04 am

Oh sh.....
I forgot to mention the Junkers G38!
This should be the only commercial BWB where one could sit in the wing with a glass leading edge.
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Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:09 am

Short S series flying boats, Empire, Sandringham, Solent

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Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:56 pm

I feel blessed having had the chance to fly most if the airliners listed here. But If I had to chose I would say the Trident.
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Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:17 pm

Just picking a couple of my favourites that I never had the chance to fly on I would go for Concorde or the SuperVC10.
 
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Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:35 pm

Boeing 314
Dornier DO X
Sikorsky S-42
Sikorsky VS-44
Lockheed Constellation
Lockheed L1011 (I may have flown on one when I was very young, but I don’t remember)
De Havilland Comet
Vickers VC-10
Convair B-36
 
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Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:41 pm

Concorde.
 
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Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:13 pm

My five favourite aircraft that I would have loved to have flown on are,

Supersonic-Concorde

Widebodies-DC10

Older Gen Jets-Boeing 707

Propjets-Viscount

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Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:54 am

longhauler wrote:
Man, I'm old! I've flown on just about every "historical" aircraft mentioned so far.

I can't quite match that as the sum total of my flying experience is less than some here rack up in less than 12 mths. But I can just about remember a handful of flights from an era when Joe Public couldn't afford regular flying , and budget airlines didn't exist in Europe, so I can tick DC-8, DC-9, Trident, HS748, BAC-1-11, B757, and what seems to be everybody's favourite here, L-1011 (G-BAAA no less!), and I got a cockpit tour of most of them.

But for the most part they are all just metal tubes, with little to differentiate between them.
Other factors come more into play, such as that incredible sinking feeling you get on a heavily laden Court Line BAC-1-11 when they throttle back immediately after take-off from LTN. Damn those noise abatement procedures!

Speaking of noise abatement; the Avro York would have been quite a ride too, with those four un-silenced Merlin engines just inches away from you.
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longhauler wrote:
For me, it would be The Hindenburg

Yep, you've probably nailed it there; that or the R100 (G-FAAW). Now they would be something quite special. And probably fairly quiet too. :yes:
In fact just climbing on board would have been quite an adventure in itself; how did they actually do that?

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Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:04 pm

A somewhat different response:

737-100, because it would complete my "737 variant collection" (I only have logged the 737-200Adv and not the ordinary -200 though)
DC9-40, because I have the -30 and -50
MD-87, because that would complete the "MD collection", even though I probably also miss the MD-81 (missing types from some 90s flights)
 
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Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:35 pm

Boeing 707
McDonnell-Douglas DC-9
Fokker F-28
 
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Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:24 pm

I preface these choices with the added wish that the interior decor/seating be part of this deal:
Lockheed L-1649 Constellation (TWA) as I never got to fly on a piston era plane.
Boeing 707 (Pan Am) one of my earliest, and fondest childhood memories
L-1011 (maybe TWA again); never had the chance to fly on this beauty.
Concorde --what more needs to be said?
 
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Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:55 pm

Boeing Stratocruiser
 
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Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:42 pm

I can't believe it took so many posts to get to the Stratocruiser. That downstairs bar! That would top my list or be second at worst. The Concorde of course is the easily predictable favourite of everyone, that would also rank at the top. VC-10 and Caravelle would be pretty high up as well. I don't know if there are any still flying but I find that of the types to disappear from regular service in relatively recent memory, I miss the 727 the most. I'd love another spin in one of them, it must be almost 20 years now since I was last in one.
 
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Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:53 pm

I should also say that, provided I was guaranteed to survive the experience, I would love to fly in a Comet. I was at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford a couple years ago and, from the aesthetic perspective, found it every bit as enchanting as the Concorde parked nearby.
 
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Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:57 am

Concorde. Definitely. Although the L1011 would be nice.
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Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:18 pm

I've flown in a Ford TriMotor, so that's off the list. I guess a Constellation would get the nod. Or a big flying boat, one of the PanAm Clippers...so many cool options to ponder.
 
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Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:48 pm

A B-29 came to a local airshow and you could fly in the bombardier's seat for about $1,500 IIRC. Out of my price range but that would be pretty cool. They also do Mustang flights which cost even more. That may be too intense though.

Commercial, I agree with many that the Concorde would have to be it.
 
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Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:45 pm

Concorde. Just a little bit before my time and such a seminal aircraft.
Caravelle: First jetliner in my home country (Austria). Recently saw one at the Flight Museum in Belgrade and somewhat fell in love with its shape.
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Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:27 am

BR715 wrote:
Concorde. Just a little bit before my time and such a seminal aircraft.
Caravelle: First jetliner in my home country (Austria). Recently saw one at the Flight Museum in Belgrade and somewhat fell in love with its shape.

Allow me to tell you what you missed;
In the 60's and 70's most airliners (Boeings, Douglas, HS Tridents, BAC-1-11) landed at high speed with screaming engines.
The Comet, Caravelle, and to some extent the VC-10 and Il-62, floated gracefully over the runway threshold at what seemed to be a much slower speed, as if they had all the time in the world. And more often than not they landed softly.

Caravelle; Wing area: 146.7 m² (1,579 sq ft), MTOW 46,000 kg; Wing loading 313kg/m2 :checkmark:

Comet 4; Wing area 197.0 m2 (2,121 sq ft), MTOW 71,000 kg; Wing loading 360kg/m2 :checkmark:

Boeing 707-320B; Wing area 283m2 (3050sq ft); MTOW 151,500 kg; Wing loading 535 kg/m2 !! :shakehead:

And another fun fact; the Caravelle cockpit design was borrowed from the Comet.
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Concorde
 
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Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:35 am

L1011, Concorde, Caravelle
 
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Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:20 am

As you can see from my signature, I've been pretty fortunate to have travelled on many different types. My choices:
Comet 4
VC10
Vickers Vanguard
DC 8
Britannia
Caravelle
Constellation
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Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:33 am

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
BR715 wrote:
Concorde. Just a little bit before my time and such a seminal aircraft.
Caravelle: First jetliner in my home country (Austria). Recently saw one at the Flight Museum in Belgrade and somewhat fell in love with its shape.

Allow me to tell you what you missed;
In the 60's and 70's most airliners (Boeings, Douglas, HS Tridents, BAC-1-11) landed at high speed with screaming engines.
The Comet, Caravelle, and to some extent the VC-10 and Il-62, floated gracefully over the runway threshold at what seemed to be a much slower speed, as if they had all the time in the world. And more often than not they landed softly.

Caravelle; Wing area: 146.7 m² (1,579 sq ft), MTOW 46,000 kg; Wing loading 313kg/m2 :checkmark:

Comet 4; Wing area 197.0 m2 (2,121 sq ft), MTOW 71,000 kg; Wing loading 360kg/m2 :checkmark:

Boeing 707-320B; Wing area 283m2 (3050sq ft); MTOW 151,500 kg; Wing loading 535 kg/m2 !! :shakehead:

And another fun fact; the Caravelle cockpit design was borrowed from the Comet.


And another fun fact

The Caravelle cock pit design was indeed the same as the DH-Comet and they were built at the De Havilland factory at Hatfield in the United Kingdom and transported to the Sud Aviation final assembly plant in Toulouse France for final completion.

When the Caravelle 10 was built the cockpit design changed slightly and from then on they were built in France.

Anglo-French collaboration long before Airbus appeared on the scene some years later.

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