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Throwback Thursday: Jaunted's Own First Flight Memories

March 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

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:

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Forget Plastic Wings! Air Wisconsin Gives First Flight Certificates

June 8, 2011 at 12:47 PM | by | Comment (1)

We have a really excellent series here at Jaunted (if we do say ourselves), called "My First Flight." Readers like you are invited to send us the story of your first trip in the skies, which we'll share on the site, because everyone's got to have a first time and it makes for a truly enjoyable read. The thing is, these stories come years and years after the first flight, when the moment has been relegated to the memory bank. It's not often that we hear from a newbie to the skies...until now. Kinda.

Yesterday while traveling on a regular ol' flight from DTW to DCA, we were witness to a tiny baby's very first plane trip. It was onboard a half-full Air Wisconsin Canadair Regional Jet that seats max 50 people, so this little girl could have disturbed everyone with her crying. Alas, she didn't cry one bit; instead, she spent the little-over-one-hour flight happily smiling at her mom and making courteous little giggles at the flight attendant's cooing. For her perfect behavior, the FA awarded the baby with a Certificate of First Flight.

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My First Flight: 'Flying Was a Risky Business. I Would Soon Learn Just How Risky.'

June 7, 2011 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)


A Pan Am Boeing B-314 Flying Boat. Click to see a cutaway.

Everybody has a story about their first time. The anticipation, the nerves, the worry...but then the pure wonder when you finally take off. Of course we're talking about your first flight—the first time you boarded an airplane and discovered the skyways. We're telling those stories in a new series simply called "My First Flight." Want to share your first flight story? We've love to have it! Send it along to us here.

This story comes from Mr. Ed Dover, a Jaunted reader. Enjoy!

My very first time aloft in an airplane was an orientation flight over San Francisco Bay on board one of the Martin M-130 Clippers. The flight deck of the Martin was rather cramped compared to the Flight deck of the Boeing B-314. I was a Flight Radio Officer, and radio operators sat at a small desk directly behind the co-pilot and the flight engineer sat on what amounted to a small shelf just above and behind that. If the radio operator was in his seat, he would have to get out and step down to the main deck in order to allow the flight engineer access to his respective operating location.

My next assignment was to get outfitted for my uniforms...

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My First Flight: 'I Ended Up Waiting at the Airport for Three Days'

October 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)


Everybody has a story about their first time. The anticipation, the nerves, the worry...but then the pure wonder when you finally take off. Of course we're talking about your first flight—the first time you boarded an airplane and discovered the skyways. We're telling those stories in a new series simply called "My First Flight." Want to share your first flight story? We've love to have it! Send it along to us here.

This story comes from Dr. Toth, a Jaunted reader. Enjoy!

In 1971, I was in my last academic year in Hungary, studying towards becoming a teacher of English and Russian languages. During the semester before my last, I got a five-month-long scholarship to St. Petersburg, then called Leningrad. I made that journey by train, but after a month or so, I was offered a long journey via airplane, practically for free, for this route: St. Petersburg - Moscow - Samarkand - Bukhoro -Tashkent - Tbilisi - Yerevan - St. Petersburg. The trip would be a series of flights, made over seventeen days.

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My First Flight: 'My Orders Were to Go to Saigon, Vietnam'

October 21, 2010 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)


Everybody has a story about their first time. The anticipation, the nerves, the worry...but then the pure wonder when you finally take off. Of course we're talking about your first flight—the first time you boarded an airplane and discovered the skyways. We're telling those stories in a new series simply called "My First Flight." Want to share your first flight story? We've love to have it! Send it along to us here.

This story comes from a close friend and reader of Jaunted. Enjoy!

My first flight was from Toledo, Ohio to Oakland, California via United Airlines in January 1970. I was a Private First Class in the Army and reporting for my next duty assignment overseas, which would either be Thailand or Vietnam (I'd eventually make it to Staff Sergeant). Thus, my first flight wasn't really my choice and I hopped on multiple planes just to reach my destination. I got one small meal, served by a stewardess, before setting foot into a war zone.

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My First Flight: 'The Airline Was Pan American, The Aircraft a Famous Clipper'

October 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM | by | Comment (1)


Everybody has a story about their first time. The anticipation, the nerves, the worry...but then the pure wonder when you finally take off. Of course we're talking about your first flight—the first time you boarded an airplane and discovered the skyways. We're telling those stories in a new series simply called "My First Flight." Want to share your first flight story? We've love to have it! Send it along to us here.

This story comes from Jaunted reader James. Enjoy!

My first flight was one of the longest I'd ever take: from Tokyo to Honolulu. I was 11 years old, and my mother and I had to make the trip in two separate stages, from Tokyo to Wake Island, then from there to Honolulu. But that was the way it had to be done at the time, September 1950. The airline was Pan American; the aircraft one of their famous Clippers, the two-level, four-engine prop planes that were the airline's trademark.

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My First Flight: 'It Was the 1960s, and a One-Way Ticket Was $7'

September 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)


One of the Port Clinton-South Bass planes, loading passengers off the ice of the frozen lake

Everybody has a story about their first time. The anticipation, the nerves, the worry...but then the pure wonder when you finally take off. Of course we're talking about your first flight—the first time you boarded an airplane and discovered the skyways. We're telling those stories in a new series simply called "My First Flight." Want to share your first flight story? We've love to have it! Send it along to us here.

This story comes from a reader and close friend of Jaunted. Enjoy!

I never would have known it at the time, but my first flight—onboard an Island Airways' Ford Tri-Motor plane between Port Clinton, Ohio and the Lake Erie Islands—is a part of aviation history. It was once (or maybe still is) known as the "World's Shortest Airline," since flights typically lasted no longer than 30 minutes. And one day, in the late 1960s when I was in my late teens/early twenties, I decided that the "Tin Goose" was something I wanted to experience.

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My First Flight: 'I Remember Being Unimpressed by the Size of the Plane'

September 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (9)

Everybody has a story about their first time. The anticipation, the nerves, the worry...but then the pure wonder when you finally take off. Of course we're talking about your first flight—the first time you boarded an airplane and discovered the skyways. We're looking to tell those stories in a new series simply called "My First Flight" and we're starting it off with one of our own. Want to share your first flight story? We've love to have it! Send it along to us here.

It was an AirTran flight, this I remember because my mom had asked the flight attendant if they had wing pins to give away to kids, since—you see—it was my first flight, after all. The FA replied that they didn't have those things on AirTran. I was probably bummed for all of a few seconds however, since shortly after that, the plane surged forward for take-off and I felt that sweet force that pushes you back into your seat. Plus I had other things to think about, like the fact that I was heading to Walt Disney World on a Florida vacation.

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