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What was the aircraft (non-commercial) that you took your very first ride in as either pilot or passenger?
Such great stories here, thank you everyone for sharing and keep them coming.
t was back in 1959 - I was 5 years old. My dad worked for Jeppesen & Company. He flew Jeppesen's company aircraft, an F35 Model Beech Bonanza and on one occasion on his way back home to Denver, CO from a sales trip he had to divert to Cheyenne, WY due to weather and took a commercial flight back to Denver. Early the next morning he woke me up, we boarded a DC-3, flew back up to Cheyenne - picked up the Bonanza and flew back home to Denver.
My first ride was with a friend's dad when I was 11. I remember it as a four-seat highwing, so I'm guessing it was probably a Cessna 172. We went from somewhere in the San Fernando Valley to Palm Springs. I don't remember the specifics, but I do know I fell in love with flying that day. Fast forward 39 years... I gave myself flying lessons as a 50th birthday present. In the seven years since, I have flown 1700 hours and earned my CFI this past October. Just goes to show that it is never too late to fulfill a dream.
I tried to post this last month, but I goofed somewhere and it never showed up! SOOOO try again! My first flight was in 1936 at about the age of 10. It was in a Stinson A Trimotor which was giving rides at the local Conway, PA field. I lived in Freedon, a neighboring town, and walked about 3 miles overland to get to the field, where I spent half my summers!! It cost me 50 cents, and I remember the old wicker seats, and seeing the pilot about 6 feet in front of me. When we landed, I wanted to see the wheels start spinning, so I sat with my chin on the window sill. I saw the wheel touch and start spinning, while nursing a banged chin! Shall we say, kindly, that it was NOT the pilots' best landing!! Lee Robinson W. Palm Beach.
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