Jump to content




Help Support AmtrakTrains.com by donating using the link above or becoming a Supporting Member.

Photo

Meeting my new love - The Boeing 777


  • Please log in to reply
65 replies to this topic

#41 Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 16,162 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Austin Texas
  • Interests:Passenger Trains/Travel/Sports/Gov't/ Politics/History/Reading/
    Movies/Music/Space-Ancient Aliens

Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:43 AM


I flew the F-111 in the Air Force, and the variant I flew was still mostly analog. The conversion to MFD's and glass in the F16 was actually not that difficult, and a welcomed upgrade! I love the glass flightdeck we have in the 757/767, as it reduced our workload and allowed us better situational awareness. The 777 ups that another notch, which is fantastic. Still, I love flying my 1986 Beechcraft with it's steam gauges and HSI, but do use Foreflight on my iPad too! 

 
All I remember about the F-111 was that the F-111B variant turned out to be a disaster.
My memories of the F-111 include the huge amount of money spent on it, ( for the times) The political horsetrading that LBJ and McNamara used to get it built in Fort Worth, and the Pilots that told me how much they hated flying it! YMMV
"There's Something About a Train! It's Magic!"-- 1970s Amtrak Ad
 "..My heart is warm with the friends I make,and better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,No matter where its going!.." -Edna St. Vincent Millay

#42 B757Guy

B757Guy

    Train Attendant

  • Training
  • Pip
  • 47 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:07 AM

 

 

I flew the F-111 in the Air Force, and the variant I flew was still mostly analog. The conversion to MFD's and glass in the F16 was actually not that difficult, and a welcomed upgrade! I love the glass flightdeck we have in the 757/767, as it reduced our workload and allowed us better situational awareness. The 777 ups that another notch, which is fantastic. Still, I love flying my 1986 Beechcraft with it's steam gauges and HSI, but do use Foreflight on my iPad too! 

 
All I remember about the F-111 was that the F-111B variant turned out to be a disaster.
My memories of the F-111 include the huge amount of money spent on it, ( for the times) The political horsetrading that LBJ and McNamara used to get it built in Fort Worth, and the Pilots that told me how much they hated flying it! YMMV

 

 

I loved flying the F-111. It was always an exciting airplane to fly, especially flying very fast, very low to the ground. She was a good plane, and always got myself and my WSO home safe.


I'm an airline pilot with a major US based carrier, and avid lover of trains since the very early days of Amtrak. I fondly recall GG1's zipping along the NEC, and sleeping in a slumbercoach on the Montrealer as a kid. I miss the old heritage cars, the GG1 and the original Budd Metroliners. The new equipment today simply doesn't have the same personality and elegance...


#43 BCL

BCL

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,421 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:San Francisco Bay Area

Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:25 AM

 

 

I flew the F-111 in the Air Force, and the variant I flew was still mostly analog. The conversion to MFD's and glass in the F16 was actually not that difficult, and a welcomed upgrade! I love the glass flightdeck we have in the 757/767, as it reduced our workload and allowed us better situational awareness. The 777 ups that another notch, which is fantastic. Still, I love flying my 1986 Beechcraft with it's steam gauges and HSI, but do use Foreflight on my iPad too! 

 
All I remember about the F-111 was that the F-111B variant turned out to be a disaster.
My memories of the F-111 include the huge amount of money spent on it, ( for the times) The political horsetrading that LBJ and McNamara used to get it built in Fort Worth, and the Pilots that told me how much they hated flying it! YMMV

 

 

It wasn't a dogfighter, which is why the US Navy didn't particularly want it.  They apparently thought that they'd save money with a common platform, but I thought in the end it was really designed to USAF requirements and way too big to land on a carrier even though the F-111B was shortened.  I don't know if the lessons were learned with the F-35 program.  Strangely enough the F-35C is larger for more lift.

 

Image171.jpg

 

http://up-ship.com/blog/?p=23126

 

The F-14 turned out fairly well and that was from learning what went wrong.



#44 Seaboard92

Seaboard92

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,399 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:South Carolina
  • Interests:-Amtrak
    -New York Central
    -Seaboard Airline
    -Scriptwriting

Posted 29 August 2017 - 12:21 PM

The first aircraft I have ever flown in was a LH A330-300. But I have flown in by now LH A380-800, A340-600, B737-600. A variety of operators for A319-A321, ERJ models, and a CRJ700. My most recent flight was a B737-900 for AS which was lovely.

I'm hoping to get on as a flight attendant with United in the next year. I'll take whichever airline offers but UA is a favorite of mine.

View my pictures at http://trainboy1.rrpicturearchives.net

Amtrak Routes I've riden: Silver Star(NYP-ORL), Silver Meteor(KIS-NYP),Carolinian(CLT-NWK), Palmetto (FLO-NYP), Acela(WAS-NYP), NE Regional(WBG-RVR), Pacific Surfliner(SAN-OSD), Piedmont(CLT-SAL), Crescent(NYP-CLT), Cardinal (WAS-CHI), Capitol Limited (CHI-WAS), Cascade (PDX-SEA)

Steam Engines I've worked behind

Norfolk & Western No. 611

Nickel Plate Road No. 765

Southern Pacific No. 4449

 


#45 CCC1007

CCC1007

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,549 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 29 August 2017 - 02:01 PM

The first aircraft I have ever flown in was a LH A330-300. But I have flown in by now LH A380-800, A340-600, B737-600. A variety of operators for A319-A321, ERJ models, and a CRJ700. My most recent flight was a B737-900 for AS which was lovely.

I'm hoping to get on as a flight attendant with United in the next year. I'll take whichever airline offers but UA is a favorite of mine.

Don't knock the regionals like SkyWest.

#46 Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,155 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Америка
  • Interests:Travel by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted 29 August 2017 - 04:21 PM

The vast majority of my flights were in boring 737's and MD-80's.  I've never flown a B707, L-1011, DC-10, MD-11, Concorde, or any of the A34X series. 

 

Here's what I have managed to fly though…

 

A300      Airbus A300-000

A319      Airbus A319-000

A320      Airbus A320-000

A321      Airbus A321-000

A330      Airbus A330-300

A388      Airbus A380-800

B727      Boeing B727-000

B732      Boeing B737-200

B733      Boeing B737-300

B735      Boeing B737-500

B737      Boeing B737-700

B738      Boeing B737-800

B739      Boeing B737-900

B742      Boeing B747-200

B743      Boeing B747-300

B744      Boeing B747-400

B752      Boeing B757-200

B753      Boeing B757-300

B763      Boeing B767-300

B764      Boeing B767-400

B772      Boeing B777-200

B772      Boeing B777-200ER

B77L      Boeing B777-200LR

B773      Boeing B777-300

B77W    Boeing B777-300ER

B788      Boeing B787-8

B789      Boeing B787-9

C200      Bombardier CRJ-200

C700      Bombardier CRJ-700

C900      Bombardier CRJ-900

DHC2     de Havilland DHC-2

DC-9      Douglas DC-9

E090      Embraer ERJ-090

E145      Embraer ERJ-145

E170      Embraer ERJ-170

E175      Embraer ERJ-175

MD81    McDonnell Douglas MD-81

MD82    McDonnell Douglas MD-82

MD83    McDonnell Douglas MD-83

MD87    McDonnell Douglas MD-87

MD88    McDonnell Douglas MD-88

MD90    McDonnell Douglas MD-90


Edited by Devil's Advocate, 29 August 2017 - 04:22 PM.

We've got provisions and lots of beer. The key word is survival on the new frontier. 


#47 jis

jis

    Engineer

  • Gathering Team Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 19,962 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Space Coast, Florida, Area code 3-2-1
  • Interests:Trains, Planes and Travel

Posted 29 August 2017 - 05:32 PM

I started from the excellent list provided by DA and just edited a few things that I have been on in addition to those in, and edited a few out, to get to my list :)

 

There may be a few errors, but it is more or less correct....

 

A300      Airbus A300-000

A319      Airbus A319-000

A320      Airbus A320-000

A321      Airbus A321-000

A330      Airbus A330-300

A342      Airbus A340-200

A345      Airbus A340-500

A388      Airbus A380-800

B703      Boeing B707-320

B704      Boeing B707-420

B721      Boeing B727-100

B722      Boeing B727-200

B731      Boeing B737-100

B732      Boeing B737-200

B733      Boeing B737-300

B735      Boeing B737-500

B737      Boeing B737-700

B738      Boeing B737-800

B73B      Boeing B737-800BBJ

B739      Boeing B737-900

B739E    Boeing B737-900ER

B741      Boeing B747-100

B742      Boeing B747-200

B743      Boeing B747-300

B744      Boeing B747-400

B752      Boeing B757-200 both RR and PW

B753      Boeing B757-300

B762      Boeing B767-200

B763      Boeing B767-300

B764      Boeing B767-400

B772      Boeing B777-200 A & B PW

B772      Boeing B777-200ER both GE, PW

B77L      Boeing B777-200LR

B773      Boeing B777-300

B77W     Boeing B777-300ER

B788      Boeing B787-8

B789      Boeing B787-9

C200      Bombardier CRJ-200

C700      Bombardier CRJ-700

C900      Bombardier CRJ-900

de Haviland Comet IV

DC-8      Douglas DC-8

DC-8-6   Douglas DC-8-6x

DC-9      Douglas DC-9

DC-101  Douglas DC-10-10

DC-103  Douglas DC-10-30

E090      Embraer ERJ-090

E145      Embraer ERJ-145

E170      Embraer ERJ-170

E175      Embraer ERJ-175

General Dynamics Convair 880

Hawker Siddeley HS-748

Lockheed Electra

Lockheed L-1011

Lockheed Super Constellation

MD11    McDonnell Douglas MD-11

MD87    McDonnell Douglas MD-87

MD88    McDonnell Douglas MD-88

MD90    McDonnell Douglas MD-90

Sud Aviation Caravelle

Vickers Super VC-10

Vickers Viscount



#48 Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,155 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Америка
  • Interests:Travel by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted 30 August 2017 - 10:44 AM

That's a mighty impressive list Jis.

Especially these items...
 

B73B Boeing B737-800BBJ
de Haviland Comet IV
DC-8-6 Douglas DC-8-6x
DC-101 Douglas DC-10-10
General Dynamics Convair 880
Hawker Siddeley HS-748
Lockheed Electra
Lockheed L-1011
Lockheed Super Constellation
Sud Aviation Caravelle
Vickers Super VC-10
Vickers Viscount


I feel bad for people who are just now growing up and will mainly travel in a sea of cramped regional jets devoid of any unique passenger visible quirks or personality. It's crazy to think that first class on a regional twin is worse than coach used to be on a long range quad.

We've got provisions and lots of beer. The key word is survival on the new frontier. 


#49 jis

jis

    Engineer

  • Gathering Team Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 19,962 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Space Coast, Florida, Area code 3-2-1
  • Interests:Trains, Planes and Travel

Posted 30 August 2017 - 11:10 AM

Yeah, those (except the DC-8s and 10s, the L-1011 and BBJ) are mostly from the mid-60s when I traveled to the US and spent a year in Cambridge MA, and then traveled for a month and a half in the US and Europe, mostly by air. I was a freshly minted teenager then and of course traveled with my parents and younger sister.



#50 fairviewroad

fairviewroad

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,124 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 30 August 2017 - 11:35 AM

I can't match the lists that were posted. Will only say that I've been on a total of 6 flights on a 747 and I'll never forget the long takeoff roll. An amazing aircraft...one which I probably won't ever fly on again, given the state of the industry.

 

I've also enjoyed my 777 flights...but my most memorable 777 experience was arriving (and later departing) on a Kenya Airways 777 in NBO. Both flights used an external stairways to the tarmac. Getting the chance to walk on the ground near that enormous aircraft was a real treat.

 

Of course, I've boarded using external stairs countless times on other aircraft, mostly Dash-8's used by Horizon in the PNW. That's fun (except when it's raining in PDX or SEA) but not nearly the same thing. :P



#51 jis

jis

    Engineer

  • Gathering Team Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 19,962 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Space Coast, Florida, Area code 3-2-1
  • Interests:Trains, Planes and Travel

Posted 30 August 2017 - 11:41 AM

Surprisingly, recently I have done a lot of disembarkation down stairways to the tarmac from 777s at Frankfurt Rhein-Main Airport (FRA). Yes, being that close to one at ground level is very impressive.

 

There was a time when it was almost routine doing the stairway drill at London Heathrow, even from 747s when T3 was under refurbishment. And of course at Hong Kong Kai Tak, one seldom if ever, had the good fortune of getting a gate. It was always stairway both on arrival and departure for me, all on 747s. It was double treat on arrivals, first shooting the Checkerboard Approach for the landing and then being disgorged onto the tarmac next to the enormous plane waiting for a bus in the humid hot air.


Edited by jis, 30 August 2017 - 11:43 AM.


#52 Hotblack Desiato

Hotblack Desiato

    Lead Service Attendant

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 132 posts

Posted 30 August 2017 - 12:09 PM

I'm impressed that two folks have managed to fly on an ERJ-090.  I've never heard of that type.

 

For my list.

 

Airbus:

A318

A319

A320

A321

A330-300

A340-300 / -600

(A380-800 scheduled for October)

 

Boeing:

KC135

717-200

727-200

737-100 / -200 / -300 / -400 / -500 / -600 / -700 / -800 / -900 / -900ER

747-200 / -400 / -8

757-200 / -300

767-300

777-200 / -200LR / -300ER

787-8

 

(McDonnell-)Douglas:

DC-9-10 / -30 / -40 / -50

MD-80 (not sure of sub-model, but something in the -81/82/83 series)

MD-90

DC-10-30 / -40

 

Bombardier:

CRJ-200 / -700 / -900

DHC-8-100 / -200 / -300 / Q400

 

Beech:

1900D

 

Avro:

RJ100

 

Fairchild-Dornier (or whatever they were called at the end):

328JET

 

Embraer:

EMB-120

EMB-135 / -145

ERJ-170 / -175 / -190

 

Ford:

Tri-Motor

 

Other random stuff:

DHC-3 (float plane)

DHC-6 (float plane)

Cessna (various single-engine types, don't even remember the full set)

Piper Cherokee

(plus some other stuff I've either forgotten or don't know the specific model)


Edited by Hotblack Desiato, 30 August 2017 - 12:13 PM.


#53 jis

jis

    Engineer

  • Gathering Team Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 19,962 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Space Coast, Florida, Area code 3-2-1
  • Interests:Trains, Planes and Travel

Posted 30 August 2017 - 01:47 PM

I'm impressed that two folks have managed to fly on an ERJ-090.  I've never heard of that type.
 

Ah yes, typo copy pasted mindlessly by me :P

I also missed one. I flew on a Trident on a BEA flight from London to Paris Orly.

Edited by jis, 30 August 2017 - 06:41 PM.


#54 Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,155 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Америка
  • Interests:Travel by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted 30 August 2017 - 03:01 PM

(plus some other stuff I've either forgotten or don't know the specific model)


There were a few other models that I was scheduled or ticketed on but were lost to cancellations, equipment swaps, and misconnects. I have some vague memories of a Saab prop and a Fokker jet but other than that I think I have everything I ever flew on there.

 

 

I'm impressed that two folks have managed to fly on an ERJ-090. I've never heard of that type.

Ah yes, type copy pasted mindlessly :P

The shortened/abbreviated name for the E190 is E90. Not sure why but that's what I wrote down originally and then my OCD turned it into E090. If anyone was under any allusion that my list is error free I can assure you that is not the case.  :ph34r:


Edited by Devil's Advocate, 30 August 2017 - 03:17 PM.

We've got provisions and lots of beer. The key word is survival on the new frontier. 


#55 Hotblack Desiato

Hotblack Desiato

    Lead Service Attendant

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 132 posts

Posted 30 August 2017 - 03:37 PM

 

(plus some other stuff I've either forgotten or don't know the specific model)


There were a few other models that I was scheduled or ticketed on but were lost to cancellations, equipment swaps, and misconnects. I have some vague memories of a Saab prop and a Fokker jet but other than that I think I have everything I ever flew on there.
 

 

I was supposed to have an F100 on my list, but it got changed due to an equipment swap a month or so before the flight.

 

Also missed an RJ85 due to a misconnect.  Such is life.



#56 MARC Rider

MARC Rider

    Conductor

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 809 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 01 September 2017 - 01:18 PM

My first flight was an Eastern DC-7, BAL (Friendship) - MIA. The trip home was my first Jet flight, Northeast or National (I forget exactly which) Convair 880.

Some years later, I was on a Boy Scout charter on a Johnson Flying Services DC-4 from Spokane to Philadelphia. I don't think the pilot had ever been east of the Mississippi, and when we landed in Philly, the airport was a bit bigger than the ones he was used to, and we taxied to a few different places before he found where he was supposed to let us off.

My favorite jets from the 70s and 80s were the DC-10 (flew it JFK to Narita) and the L1011 (BWI to Heathrow.) You were never more than one person from the aisle.

Edited by MARC Rider, 01 September 2017 - 01:24 PM.


#57 Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 16,162 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Austin Texas
  • Interests:Passenger Trains/Travel/Sports/Gov't/ Politics/History/Reading/
    Movies/Music/Space-Ancient Aliens

Posted 01 September 2017 - 06:46 PM

My first flight was on a MATS ( Military Transport)C-47/DC-3.

First Jet Flight was on the Historic 707.😍 I remember it like it was yesterday, just like my First Flight on a 747 and my one and only flight on the Concorde SST!
"There's Something About a Train! It's Magic!"-- 1970s Amtrak Ad
 "..My heart is warm with the friends I make,and better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,No matter where its going!.." -Edna St. Vincent Millay

#58 JRR

JRR

    Train Attendant

  • Training
  • Pip
  • 47 posts

Posted 03 September 2017 - 10:18 AM

I flew to Vietnam and back on a stretch 707 (courtesy of the U. S. Government), Kennedy to Zurich in the first class section of a 747, and Heathrow to Dulles on the Concorde. All memorable flights!

#59 GBNorman

GBNorman

    Train Attendant

  • Newbie
  • Pip
  • 12 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Clarendon Hills, IL (BNSF Aurora Sub MP 18.7)

Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:46 PM

777; the most beautifully proportioned aircraft Mr. Boeing put on this earth.

Was it ever an experience to fly on a one month old United 777-300 ORD-MUC last August. It still smelt new. Their Polaris Business Class is a superb product. One having "been there", hard to go back to "The Gulag" on an overseas flight.

#60 Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,155 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Америка
  • Interests:Travel by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:37 PM

777; the most beautifully proportioned aircraft Mr. Boeing put on this earth. Was it ever an experience to fly on a one month old United 777-300 ORD-MUC last August. It still smelt new. Their Polaris Business Class is a superb product. One having "been there", hard to go back to "The Gulag" on an overseas flight.

 

I'd agree that the 773 is a sexy well proportioned aircraft, but the original 772 version was short and stubby to my eyes, especially when viewed head-on from a boarding gate.  The funny thing about international coach is that it didn't always suck this bad.  For several decades it was simple but still perfectly functional, even for tall people like me.  These days coach cabins seem to be sized for children with adult sized coach now being called "premium economy".


We've got provisions and lots of beer. The key word is survival on the new frontier. 





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users