What was the first airplane you flew in and how old ?

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thompsonbb

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DHC-2 Beaver on floats in Alaska. I was 15, and working through ground school for my ppl when we did a family trip to Alaska. My dad chartered a Beaver float plane to take us out to a forest service cabin on a lake on Admiralty Island. My dad suggested that I sit up front in the right seat next to the pilot. At some point, we're cruising at 500 ft above the coastline, the pilot looks over and notices my written test study guide. He asks me if I'm in ground school, and if I've started flight training yet. I told him I hadn't, and he said "well, it's about time you did", and he threw the yoke over to my side and let me fly it for the next 20 minutes.
 

Warren Hall

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Lots of great stories here. Me 7 yes old Piper tripacer, standing up in the back, too excited to sit down, probably no 3rd seat belt their either.

First powered flight, solo ( no dual available), pegasus canard, 17 yes old, after about 1,000 hrs rc model flying and a few dual glider flights. Had to fly 2.5 hrs the next weekend to find an instructor to get a license.
 

Wingnut510

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I was about 4-5 years old (1967-'68), the aircraft was a Cessna 175 variant, that is me on the right. I wish the N number was visible, I would love to know if this aircraft is still around and what actual model it is.The Three Amigos_(75% smaller)_20220331.jpg
 

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philr

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I was hours old and I think it was a Cessna 185 on floats flew me an Mom home from the hospital to our flight-in only home. The hurry was because freeze-up was just around the corner. The next morning the Lake was frozen so good call whoever (probably Dad). After freeze-up it was a few weeks till the ice was thick enough for more flights depending on weather.
 

Hawk81A

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It was probably a Cherokee. All I know for sure, it was a 4 seater, low wing, single engine and IT FLEW. it was a free flights for the scout group deal. Probably about 1970 and I was 8th or 9th grade. Dennis
 

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TriPacer, 8 years old, Tucson, 1959. My dad had a photography business and would charter the TriPacer for aerial shots of real estate. He would have them remove the rear door. To get vertical shots, he would have the pilot circle the property to the left, loosen his seat belt a little and lean over with his foot on the main wheel. He wouldn't climb a ladder at home though. I got to fly front seat and hold the yoke for a bit. On landing approach, I got real tense when the pilot slowed the plane way down and hauled back on the yoke. I knew intuitively he was screwing up and it would stop flying and fall, and it did - a few inches onto the runway. The unique smell of avgas, plastic trim etc. stayed with me for life.
 
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JohnB

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Minus 3 months !! Dad and Mom landed on a deserted stretch of beach close to Rockport TX known as Cedar Bayou. Fabulous fishing, have landed/camped/fished there dozens if not 2-300 times over the last 77 yrs. My ashes will go there on an outgoing tide about 50 yrs from now. Aircraft flown there, 170, 180, Champ, Pacer, Tripacer, RV3, Seabee.
 

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....But, then again, the guy who designed my airplane did not have an instructor and taught himself to fly. So...

"Some of the more daring men have actually taught themselves to fly by the time-honored method used by the pioneers in this country about 1910; this system consists of first "taxiing" around on the field until they could handle the plane nicely on the ground; then short straight-away flights of a few feet while the plane is barely off the ground; then making longer flights at a higher altitude, as skill and confidence are required, until finally they found themselves banking, zoomin, and performing all the other feats that are commonplace in the lives of experienced aviators...

"So it goes until the young pilot is absolutely at home in the air, and can fly any type of plane without difficulty."


-- 1933 Edition of Modern Mechanix Flying Manual (The Pilot & Builders Handbook)
 
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WBNH

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Beaver on floats, Moosehead Lake, Greenville, Maine...I think I was 11, so probably @ 1986. Just a scenic Ride flight...but I got to sit copilot, so really cool.
 

J.L. Frusha

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"Some of the more daring men have actually taught themselves to fly by the time-honored method used by the pioneers in this country about 1910; this system consists of first "taxiing" around on the field until they could handle the plane nicely on the ground; then short straight-away flights of a few feet while the plane is barely off the ground; then making longer flights at a higher altitude, as skill and confidence are required, until finally they found themselves banking, zoomin, and performing all the other feats that are commonplace in the lives of experienced aviators...

"So it goes until the young pilot is absolutely at home in the air, and can fly any type of plane without difficulty."


-- 1933 Edition of Modern Mechanix Flying Manual (The Pilot & Builders Handbook)

I would like a copy, if you can send it, or a link...
 
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