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Old 04-07-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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My family and I flew to New Orleans to visit my grandparents freshman year of high school. We had always driven before, the full 16 hours in 2 days, so my brother and I were thrilled to fly instead. We flew on Delta and had to walk through the picket lines! We also had to change planes somewhere, and the landing was very rough and scared me to death...years later I still cringed upon landing.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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First flight by myself?

Aged 15, on my way to Bolivia for a year as a foreign exchange student.

American Airlines -> Newark, NJ; Greensboro, NC; Charlotte, NC; Miami, FL (don't know why we had to stop twice in NC!!)

Lloyd Aero Boliviano (Bolivian national airline) -> Miami, FL; Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Sucre, Bolivia

The trip took about 24 hours total. I was so tired and my Spanish wasn't great. The only thing I could think of to ask for on the plane was apple juice. I drank a lot of that.
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:30 AM
 
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Default first flight

1982, Durban South Africa - Johannesburg - Nairobi - Frankfurt - JFK New York - Philadelphia - Greensboro N.C!!!
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:36 AM
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It was a nice, short, sunny flight to Orlando.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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This has nothing to do with the first time I've flown, but I heard a couple of people mention smoking sections.. I remember those, and I also remember when they served really good meals, and not just peanuts. I remember a flight on TWA one time from Phoenix to St Loius, then to Cincinnatti, in 1979. I was on a Boeing 707-320, either A or B, and they served steak for lunch, it wasn't a big T-Bone or Rib-eye steak, but one of those little ones you heat up in the microwave... but it was still better than what they're giving you these days!

You can also tell when economic times are good. I flew from Phoenix to Portland, OR in August of 1996, on a Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300, it's a wide-body aircraft, and on that flight, the cabin had plenty of open seats. Nowadays, they want to put as many people on smaller and more efficient aircraft, like the Boeing 737-300, 700, or 800 variants, or the Airbus A319 or A320, to make sure sure every seat in the cabin is filled, and to make the flight as profitable as possible. Even during other recessions, like in 1980, I flew from Phoenix to Denver on a United Airlines Boeing 727-200, and there were a number of open seats in the cabin.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:46 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Sweden - New York when I was 4
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Old 02-20-2010, 07:24 PM
 
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Default I was 8

went to Puerto Rico in 1970 via Eastern Airlines on a DC 10(I think they came out that year and were brand new)
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Old 02-20-2010, 07:27 PM
 
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time i flew was in 1978 and hadn't flown for 30 years until 2008.

After American 191, Pan Am 103, TWA 800, 9/11 and American 587 you could only imagine how nervous i was after getting on a plane after 30 years

But i did it and have flown several times since then
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Old 02-20-2010, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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While I am sure there were earlier flights, The first I remember was in 1961 from Oklahoma City to Butte, Mt. Since then I have flown 100's times in at least 40 different models of aircraft.
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Thumb of Michigan
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First flight was from Detroit to Phoenix back in 94 or 95, in August, with the day-time temperature in the 120 degree range.
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