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Throwback Thursday: Jaunted's Own First Flight Memories

March 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM | by | ()

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

A trip down memory lane is always fun, and for this Throwback Thursday we're taking a stroll down our own. We asked a few of our own contributors to think way, way back to the first time they stepped foot on a plane and share what the experience was like.

Whether it was a family trip to Disney World or seeing Grandma for Thanksgiving, the memories involve some airlines no longer in the skies and some that've endured the test of time:

Age: 14
Airline/Aircraft: AirTran Boeing 717
Flying from Toledo, Ohio to Orlando, Florida for a family vacation to visit Disney World and take my first cruise, on the SS Oceanic, aka “The Big Red Boat." My mom asked the flight attendant if they had any plastic wings to give to children on their first flight. I was 14 and not exactly a child, so she gave me swizzle sticks instead. Weird.

Age: 12
Airline/Aircraft: Midway Airlines DC-9 (defunct)
Flying from Chicago's second airport to Orlando to visit Disney World, I remember having an early morning flight on the DC-9 and being served a hot meal and being amazed by it. It was a ham and cheese croissant with fruit on the side. Right before the initial decent, flight attendants came through the cabin to give away mint sticks to eliminate popping ears, in economy!

Age: unknown exact age
Airline: American Airlines
I think I have like a couple first flight memories all jumbled into one. I must have been pretty small, as in one of them I recall my ears killing me as I adjusted to the cabin pressurization—or lack thereof. As part of my mashed-up-memory there was a flight when the carrier still had a hub at Raleigh-Durham. I think we were going to Florida to visit Grandma (or was it Mickey Mouse?), and I just remember finding it interesting that the airport had a two-city name.

Age: 7
Airline: Don't recall
I flew with my parents from Syracuse, NY to NYC. I believe we flew into New York-LaGuardia, and I am pretty sure it was on a Boeing 727. I do remember we only flew one way and took an Amtrak train back to Syracuse. I had never been on a plane or a train so my parents decided to use the trip as an opportunity for me to experience both!

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