My Plane Rides

I was going through Gombak4Life‘s old postings and found one where he was talking about his first plane ride. I remember mine too. I was 4 years old when my father took me sightseeing on a plane. I remember we were seated on the co-pilot’s seat, and I was seated on his lap, my hand was always trying to turn the control column (steering wheel). If I remember the details of the cockpit, it was probably an early model of the Cessna 172.

I was 8 years old when I went on my first commercial flight, and that was from Kuala Lumpur (Subang, formerly KUL, now SZB) to Johor Bahru (JHB). There was one other stop in between: Melaka (Batu Berendam – MKZ). It was on board a Fokker Friendship aircraft, and I was like…WOW! The flight took us almost two hours I think, but it was a great trip. Malaysia Airlines, then called, Malaysian Airline System (MAS), was a new entity, having been separated two years earlier from the old entity called Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA) in 1972. Malaysian Airline System sported the red ‘wau’ until 1986 (when I was there for a short while) when it discarded the old ‘wau’ for the more ‘aerodynamic wau’ and livery. After that I think it grew too fast and was not properly managed.

Seven years later, I was on my first Round-The-World trip.

Among the civilian commercial fixed-wing aircraft I have been on board are:

Boeing 707
Boeing 727
Boeing 737
Boeing 747
Boeing 777
Airbus 300
Airbus 310
Airbus 320
Lockheed L-1011 Tristar
Vickers VC-10
McDonnell-Douglas DC-10
Fokker Friendship F27
Fokker F50
Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander
Shorts SC-7 Skyvan
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan

Oh, back to the first commercial flight I took, I can still remember its registration. It was the 9M-ARK. I found a picture of it in the old Malaysian Airline System livery, taken circa 1975, at the Kota Kinabalu airport (BKIAP):

F27 9M-ARK at BKIAP

I wonder what has happened to her.