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Post by VNAF ONE » Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:55 pm

Hey guys! In honor of National Aviation Day (US), let's hear about your favorite memory/experience in aviation. From air shows, to being on a certain flight, anything!

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My favorite aviation experience is hard to narrow down (I have so many favorites!). I'll have to say, it would be my first formation flight in a real airplane. Likely something few people get to do is fly in formation. I got lucky and got the flight of a lifetime in a formation of 2 T-34 Mentors and a French TB-30 Epsilon. I was riding back seat in the T-34 on left wing and outer right echelon (when we switched formation). We did a break over the airport for breakfast and on the way back, flew in a Vic formation down the coast at 250 feet above the waves! Probably one of the coolest flights I've ever been in. No stick time with this one but I'm sure I'll trump the experience later by flying it myself and doing some acro.

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Post by MD5Ray01 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:59 pm

So far, the biggest aviation experience I had was getting to fly a plane in 10th grade. It was a field trip for our Aviation class.

Another couple of experiences happened a bit more recently. A couple months ago, I got to go watch an airshow that had Team Oracle's Challenger III biplane along with plenty of other high-flying aerobatics.
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Post by NeurAxaL » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:20 pm

Definitely the first time I saw the Vulcan do a low pass, nothing beats it.
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Post by Copperhead » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:24 pm

While I was pretty much born into aviation, I've gotta say one of the big things that really drove to love aviation was a B-2A Spirit, and two F-15C Eagles buzzing my house at under 500ft when I was only four years old. (Guess it's kinda like NeurAxal's Vulcan thing)

Another thing was getting 10+ mins of stick time in a Hughes 369A when I was 9.
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Post by Neocon » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:40 pm

I'd say it is a tie between the Blue Angels flying over the beach right in front of our room in Gulf Shores when I was about 10 and the Long Ranger "helicropter" flying over our house last month. I wish I had seen an SR-71 in flight, but seeing one parked was a nice experience.

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Post by jetskit » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:45 pm

Sitting in the captains seat of a 757-200 at the age of 8 :D Fell in love with aviation the minute i flew
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Post by Bombcat » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:00 pm

Standing under the final approach path at NAS Oceana back in 2003. There were Tomcats everywhere, and we were close enough that I could pick out the variant from the exhaust nozzles and chin pods.

I do miss them...
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Post by Cobalt09 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:11 pm

My favorite aviation experience was taking a Young Eagles flight at the EAA museum in Oshkosh. I got stick time for most of the flight and it was my first time flying in an airplane (probably on account of talking to the staff about being an eagle scout beforehand). Double bonus! Plus, it gave me a new interest in general aviation aircraft.
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Post by Gunny » Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:05 pm

I have a few but my best was taking the freedom bird home for the last time.
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Post by Turbofan » Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:45 am

Hard to pick (I have quite a few favourites!) but I'd say executing my first "greaser" in YSFS ranks up in one of them.
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Post by Barr » Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:41 am

In my opinion any little sprinkle of anything aviation is a great experience.

But the coolest one of all would have to be the helicopter ride I took last week. The company I work for owns a heli for airport inspections, wildlife assessments around the airports and what not.

So last week we took the heli to block island to do some maintenance But boy oh boy that was no regular point A to point B ride. The pilot took us for a small tour around the southern part of the state and did several low flybys over a few beaches, camps and over an oyster farm all while "trying to evade the enemy fire" with steep banked turns and steep climbs and descents.

Very cool! :mrgreen:
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