First Airplane Ride, What Aircraft?

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  1. Bullman

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    I am pretty sure that if it wasn't a commercial plane, that it was my dad's 1965 Piper Comanche 265. It was a pretty hot stick, what they used to call "Doctor/Lawyer killers".
     
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  2. lazarus66

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    We flew in something to Morocco when my Dad was stationed there in 1961. I was a wee baby and have no memory of it. I'd like to think it was a Constellation. That would be sweet.
     
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    June 29,1960 first plane ride from Newark,NJ to SC. Then a bus ride to Parris Island. Don't remember the air line of the plane. This was the start of a very important venture for me. This happened on the day before my 18th birthday. Regards to all at GT.
     
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    Probably a Comanche 260. I never heard them called Doctor/lawyer killers (that moniker normally was awarded to the 35 model Bonanzas).

    I frankly think the Comanche 260 B/C was one of the most underated retractable singles of all time. It wasn't quite as roomy as a Bonanza (at least in headroom) or as efficient as a Mooney, but was a super sweet flying, extremely stable platform. I never got a lot of time in them over the years, but always loved flying them. The Turbo normalized version was just about perfect out west.
     
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    On the way to basic in 62. I think it was a Vicount, the second was the next leg, Dallas to San Antonio a 707
     
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    Eastern Airlines flight DC9 as I recall..
     
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    The very first plane I ever rode in I jumped out of! The second, third fourth and fifth too! I was in airborne training and the first flights I ever had were my first 5 qualifying jumps. I loved every minute of it, accruing a multitude of plane models and helicopters, to include ch21's, Chinooks and hueys. I miss those times.
     
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    I was pretty sure it was a 265, but after looking on the internet it appears that there was no such animal. I know it was fuel injected, never really knew what carb heat was for the longest time. Dad always said it was a pretty hot plane, and that on a cold day you could almost hang from the prop it would climb so good. We flew all over the country in that thing.
     
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    You were a lucky, your dad had great judgement in aircraft.
     
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  11. Bullman

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    And he managed not to be a doctor that got himself killed in it. It really gave me a love for flying, even though I never got my license.
     
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    I'm 60 and still waiting on my first airplane ride. Don't think it's going to happen.
     
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    1960ish, in a field in NC. I'm the kid in the rear seat.


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    Ready for TO.


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    First commercial flight Eastern Super Electra. That's me on the left...
     
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    In 1956 a Super DC-6 from NY's LaGuardia to Rhein Main, Frankfurt Germany with a quick stop at Shannon Ireland. We had been scheduled for a Flying Tigers Airline flight, but it broke down and we were transferred to Pan American.
     
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    Not sure if this counts (not an airplane), and I can't remember my age, so I don't know if it was my first or second time in the air, but as a young kid, I got to go for a ride in one of the Goodyear blimps.
     
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    My first airplane ride was when I was 21 years old in the US Army stationed in Germany, in 1965. This plane was a two prop troop transport plane with wood bench seats and it looked old. The flight was from Germany to Greenland for a fuel stop and then to Maguire Airforce Base which was next to Fort Dix NJ. We then went by bus to Ft Hamilton NY to be discharged. This was the most Frightening Flight ever because of the age of the plane and the extreme turbulence, we were all on the edge of our wooden seat! When we landed, a Huge scream was made by all and some even kissed the ground! Never to be forgotten, even at age 75! God Bless our Veterans!
     
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    First GA ride was in a Beech Sundowner. After that got my pilots license and bought a Cessna 182 then a Cessna T310.
     
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    I got to pilot the airship America, N8A, for an hour. What a hoot!
    My first plane flight was in December, 1966 in a Cessna 150, as a 17-year old dressed up in a Santa suit. Another one of those things that I’ll never forget.
     
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    I THINK it was a Cessna 152.

    Was on vacation in Ocean City, MD.
    Saw an ad in the local paper for "aerial tours of OC" for $25.00.

    "Sign me up!"

    Went to OC Airpark and filled out the papers.

    One other guy signed up for the ride, so the pilot, the other guy, and I, got in.

    Engine started, did checks, started rolling.
    Got airborne, and about 250 feet up, the pilot looks at oil pressure gauge and it's fluctuating from 0 to 40 (or 50) psi.
    He gives the gauge the 'classic' middle finger tapping the gauge, with no change.

    He says that we can either continue on, or turn around and go back.
    Before I had a chance to say, "go back", the guy in the back seat yelled, "GO BAAAAAAACK!"

    First flight was less than 5 minutes.
     
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    Most fun for me was a National Guard H72 Lakota configured for counter narcotics assistance ops (surveillance package).

    Spent a couple hours over Camden watching drug corners.
     
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