My first ever international flight was on a BA747-200 in October 2017 - sad to hear the news today that all remaining BA747s are to be retired immediately.Enjoyed many a 747 sector over the years but two stick out ...
My first - in October 1986 A BA747-200 "City of Birmingham" LHR - BDA - MCO. Sitting back in row 51 I was amazed by how long the aisle was and the take-off from Heathrow was incredibly bumpy and the seat belt sign stayed-on for an age. The massive wings (relative to the 737s and props I'd experienced to that time) seemed to flex not only along their length but also width as you could see the engine pods rising and falling. Best to come was when on approach into Bermuda and the flaps extended to what seemed like twice their width with daylight between the different stages!! - the flying experience was much, much larger-scale than anything else.
Years later, my one-and-only experience on the QF747SP flying CNS-DRW (the first sector of the CNS-DRW-SIN). The -SP not only looked "abridged" from the outside - though dwarfing everything else at CNS - it seemed "stunted" inside compared to the SQ 744s (Megatops) I was more familiar with at that time.
Just after take-off there was a characteristic "shudder" from underneath, more pronounced when sitting above the undercarriage.
I thought it may have been the brakes stopping the wheels from spinning as they retracted.
Does anyone know what it actually was ?
Flying over Antarctica in a Qantas 747 as a 10-year-old in November 1979. It was a wonderful day, only a few weeks before the Air NZ Erebus disaster which put an end to Antarctica flights or a long, long time.
Were the FO and SO the same as on QF30?