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Just curious to see the responses I get.  I've flown in a commercial airliner...I think 9 times (if you count return flights) and private planes about 10 times.  This is over a span of 52 years so I really haven't flown that often-at least compared to a brother in law who probably flies (commercially) that many times in a month.  My most notable flight was in going to basic training at Lackland AFB.  EVEN the flight attendants seemed to think it was fun to abuse their plane load of "pukes." 

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I seldom fly. Back in the 80's and 90's, I used to do a lot of fly-in fishing trips and always enjoyed the float plane parts of the trips. As far as commercial jet liners, I'm a tall guy and don't fit very well in the cramped seats. So I avoid taking trips where I have to fly as much as possible.

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Honestly can't remember probably around 30 times in commercial airliners and maybe twice that in black hawks and chinooks in my 7.5 years in the army. 

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I have flown commercially approximately 20 times across the country, once across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and numerous short flights. I also logged a hundred or so hours in military planes. I really prefer land travel to planes, when time permits.

 

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Oh, I did totally forget 2 military flights:  One in a KC-10, one in a KC-135.  In each instance, I got to watch them refuel B-52's.  These were some of the highlights of my brief (4 year) military "career."

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Probably 40 commercial, and 20 in an open door Huey slick.

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About a dozen times, for both business and pleasure.

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Hundreds of times commercially and on private seaplanes.  Lost count decades ago.  Used to fly 15-20x per year. Now I fly about 7-10x per year.  My wife? About 40.

Lots of conventions.  Suffice to say, I'm sick of Vegas. :puke1:

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8 times all commercial, half of them also back and forth from military training. The last flight was to Maryland and it was the first time with any real turbulence. Not cool at all

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14 minutes ago, riverbasser said:

8 times all commercial, half of them also back and forth from military training. The last flight was to Maryland and it was the first time with any real turbulence. Not cool at all

The flying part itself can be as fun or as terrible as the person/people you sit around.  Only once have I experienced bad turbulence and that was the last stretch on a KC-10 flying low-level over the desert.  I was fine, actually, but the guy next to me was fighting to not toss his cookies.  He was even making little "urping" sounds.  Thank God he didn't ralph as I think that would have set off a chain reaction.

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About 15-20 times. One time it was 4 flights in a week because of layovers. And I got stuck in Chicago o'hare by myself because of a blizzard. They had us on the plane and we never hit the run way.. they had to come and spray "de-icer" all over and it was real colorful like certain carwashes. Then they had us exit and wait for an hour and we switched planes. I was a little nervous flying that day. Nothing is a guarantee. If you googled a list of plane accidents some are mechanical and some are as simple as a bird in an engine. There are statistics about how many go down like 1-1200 (not the real number but it's an example) sometimes it's necessary. I couldn't imagine going down in a plane. 

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I'd say somewhere around 20-30.  I try not to fly anymore due to all the hassles of it. 

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I'm not sure what the exact number is, but as an adult, I probably average 2 round trip flights a year visiting siblings or for out of state work.  So that's 70 round trip flights, plus another 10 or so round trips as a kid for a total of 160 airplane flights (all commercial airline).

Oh yeah, add 1 flight on a Cessna.  When I was a teen, my older brother got his pilots license and took me & my other brother out to the desert to a race track.  On the way, he showed us what a stall was...I nearly crapped my pants.  Then he landed the little plane in the middle of the race track (there wasn't a landing strip there).  Upon leaving the race track, he nearly clipped one of the race cars on the track.  All of which is why I have only been on 1 flight on a Cessna... :)  

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Too many times to count.  Commercial and private.  Worst place to fly into?  Probably Denver.  The turbulence a couple times was terrible. 

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Hmmm....Twice to Ca, once to Pa and once to Ga.  Don't like the BS involved, got terrible cold/flu after one of the Ca trips that I'm pretty sure was from that crowded plane.  I'd rather drive and I have no ambition to leave this country.

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4 hours ago, Ratherbfishing said:

Oh, I did totally forget 2 military flights:  One in a KC-10, one in a KC-135.  In each instance, I got to watch them refuel B-52's.  These were some of the highlights of my brief (4 year) military "career."

Wow! I would love to have seen the B-52 refueling. 

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10 minutes ago, Al Wolbach said:

Wow! I would love to have seen the B-52 refueling. 

Yeah, it was pretty cool!  It's something you don't experience every day.  The KC-10 refueling "probe" operator had it easy by comparison to the KC-135 guy.  The former more or less sat in an "office" seat with all these joysticks ergonomically placed whereas the KC-135 "guy" had to lay sprawled out on his/her stomach.  (The KC-10 was fairly new to the fleet then whereas the KC-135 had been around for decades.  It wouldn't surprise me, though, if the KC-135 outlives it. Same with the B-52).

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My dad bought his first airplane the day I was born. By the time I was eight I was manning the controls in the air. I was taking off and landing by the time I was 12. We used to fly two times a week at a minimum for 15 years.

Commercial I am probably over 100 don't know for sure.

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2 hours ago, Redlinerobert said:

 Worst place to fly into?  Probably LAGUARDIA.  The EVERYTHING is terrible. 

Fixed that for your Robert!

 

i've flown a lot commercially, but this coming tuesday will be my first private flight on a company plane!

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No idea how many times I've flown...but I've had some
interesting turbulence in Dallas, TX, and when I flew a
small prop plane (biz trip) from Rochester to Toronto.
Was very very bumpy ride...to put it mildly. Wintery time
of year in Western NY is a windy time.

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I've only flown 6-7 times, only to see my oldest son who was stationed in Omaha in the air force.I was 43 before I ever flew for the first time.Almost all my close family is in NC, so we just drive there.

Not really into flying. If I never had to do it again I'd be very OK with that!!

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0 times. Not because I'm afraid of flying, just that I'm never really had the money to fly. I drove from PA to Key West, FL back in '99 just for fun. One of these days I'll scrounge up the money and fly down to Orlando in February to get some quality fishing in.

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8 hours ago, Redlinerobert said:

Too many times to count.  Commercial and private.  Worst place to fly into?  Probably Denver.  The turbulence a couple times was terrible. 

Flown into Denver multiple times, and it's not that bad compared to Juneau, AK.  It's like comparing a gravel road to a dirt road full of potholes. You literally drop in over a mountain - fast.  The cross winds can be pretty strong.

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5 hours ago, buzzed bait said:

 Worst place to fly into?  Probably LAGUARDIA.  The EVERYTHING is terrible. 

Fixed that for your Robert!

True, Kennedy is better, but the traffic to Manhattan from there is HORRENDOUS! A 1 1/2hr cab drive to go 20 miles?  Seriously?

Laguarda is a lousy airport, but the traffic is better. 

6 of one, 1/2 doze of another.

 

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19 hours ago, Glenn said:

Juneau, AK...You literally drop in over a mountain - fast.  

Southern California has a couple of unique airport situations, albeit probably not as extreme as Alaska.  When landing in San Diego, you basically follow a hill filled with homes as you descend, passing over the freeway as well.  The problem at night is the lights from the homes & cars on the freeway can sometimes make finding the airport difficult.  My brother with the pilot's license was landing in San Diego once, couldn't discern the landing strip lights from the surrounding area and told traffic control of the problem.  They literally "blinked" the run way lights twice (shutting off & then on) to make them stand out.

Orange County (John Wayne Airport) has a runway that sends outgoing flights over a bunch of multi-million dollar homes before the plane is over the ocean.  As a settlement with the city of Newport Beach, when a plane takes off, it has to go at a 25 degree angle (10 degrees steeper than normal) and then reduce power to near stall as it passes over the houses.  Think of it as an S curve for takeoff.

 

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