My first flight

My first airplane flight was a trip my brother and I made from St. Louis to Indianapolis Indiana on Ozark Airlines. Ozard covered about a dozen Midwest cities.  I was about 13 and my brother was about 16.  Why our mother let us do that I have no idea.  We stayed at a hotel in downtown Indianapolis and did the tourist thing for one day. We flew home the next day.

 The plane looked a lot like this one, a DC-3.  You walked out onto the tarmac and up the rollaway stairs and boarded at the rear door (the only door) and had to walk UP the aisle to find your seat on the prop aircraft. There was no TSA and/or baggage inspection in those days.  That trip fueled my love for air travel. 

Ozark Airlines had a special one summer where you could fly anywhere they served over the weekend for $30.  A friend and I charted out a trip starting on a Friday and had about a dozen stops until we returned on Sunday evening. We spent one night in Minneapolis and I can’t remember where we spent ther other night.  I think I was about 15 or 16 then.  I still love the travel by air even though it is a lot more trouble to do so.



6 thoughts on “My first flight

  1. Mine was on a DC3 as well, from Auckland NZ to a small Northland town by the name of Whangarei (Fongaray). 9yrs old flying unaccompanied with my sister. Loved every minute of it.

  2. My first flight was on a Constellation from DCA (Washington, D. C.) to LGA (Laguardia). That was back in the day when you got dressed in your Sunday finest and walked across the tarmac to board. I later flew in a lot of DC3s thanks to Uncle Sam in Nam. Thank you Air America.

  3. My first flying experience was an Ozark Sunday Excursion Flight when I was about 7. It couldn’t have cost much (because my parents were cheap). We basically flew around St. Louis for 30 minutes. The only thing I distinctly remember is the weird cube of Wrigley gum the stewardess passed out to prevent our ears from popping.

  4. I don’t remember my first flight: I was 6 months old and we were moving from Pittsburgh, PA, to Cincinnati, OH; we flew instead of driving. Apparently, I slept but my older brother (about 2 at that time) cried the whole way.

    Since then until now, I can remember flying on an 18-seater; Boeing 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, and 777; Airbus 319, 320, and (I think) 350; MD-88; DC-10; various Embraiers and Bombardiers (like the Q400); DeHavilland Dash 8; Cessna 170; a two-seater soar plane; and the LD 10-11. There probably is a few more I am forgetting about. I do want to fly on an Airbus 380 just to see what a true two-story plane is like.

    The airlines I remember flying: Piedmont Airlines, United, Delta, Northwest, Southwest, SAS, Air Canada, and their smaller airlines that fly their small planes (for those mentioned airlines that do that, like United Express).

    Travelling for a living helps rack up the air flights.

    I still like to fly. I also have Global Entry–this gives me TSA Pre-Check. With Pre=Check, I can get through security with most of my dignity intact.

    • I fly Southwest whenever I can these days. Around the turn of the century (that sounds so ancient) I was working for my brother’s company in Overland Park KS and flew back and forth to St. Louis most weeks. I earned a one-year companion pass to go along with all the Rapid Rewards points I had accumulated so most of the time when I travel it doesn’t cost me for airfare. Of course, when you’re working every week you don’t get a lot of time to travel. At least half the time I fly these days I get the TSA Pre-check given to me. I’m always a little disappointed when it doesn’t happen, but then I don’t travel as much as I used to.

  5. Super Cub 3rd row (Baggage area) I was 7. Love small planes. Been all over the world since.
    as of late the thrill is gone with airliners. I take the train as often as I can.


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