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My Plane Rides

Posted on: May 26, 2008

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.

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No 75s and 767s?
SQ uses a lot of them.

No la bro. I hardly fly SQ.

My first plane ride was from JB to Kuching, when I was 5. I had on a frilly white dress embroidered with tiny pink roses. I got airsick, and upon arrival in Kuching at the plane door I threw up on the steward’s shoes. He was horrified, and said to my mom, “Anak you muntahhhhhhh…” Tapi steward tu hot siut… I can still remember how he looked like. Lepas tu my mom will make sure that I take one of those airsick pills EVERY time I get on a plane.

Tapi bila dah besar I don’t puke on planes anymore, only in Beemers.

SR-71 not in the list ke? 😀

and u remember stuffs that happen 38 years ago?? not that i am saying u are old la… hehe… but then am impressed wif how u remember things!!

Ini org ade skill ‘selective-recall’ la mocha. Kalau kau tanya dia apa kau makan masa jumpa kat Mamak 2 tahun lepas, sure dia ingat..kekeke

JZ…at least you did not puke on the boat. And you actually went snorkelling with the rest.

Mocha…I dunno…I have this uncanny ability to create timelines within my head,

Kimi…but I can hardly remember what I ate this morning….senile dementia.

emmmmm, i feel like i have been working like forever and 707 & 727 were never in my vocab… emmm how old again are you?

Not too far away from your age :p

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