Anybody into aviation as a hobby or career? What's your favorite aircrafts?
I love aviation as much as I love audio. I find myself watching cockpit DVD's more than movies. My aviation DVD collection is growing nicely. I also collect 1:400 scale models.
I think I've spent almost as much on my flight simulator rig as my audio system.
I'm more into commercial jets. My favorite aircrafts are the endangered Douglas planes. The DC-10 and MD-11. I like tri-jets a lot. The 727 and L-1011 are sexy too, especially in the old Air Canada or Delta livery. I've crossed the ocean quite a few times on the DC-10. Long 8hr flight, then a stop in Honolulu, and then another 5 hrs to LAX. I enjoyed every minute of it. Got window seat by the wing each time and I loved watching the wing flex. The sound of those GE engines on the DC-10 is music to my ears. You don't hear that sound anymore except for the few DC-10's still in service as freighters and passanger. I think Biman Bangladesh is the only airline still flying DC-10's for passanger's and KLM with their MD-11.
I will miss them when they stop flying. But I still have a blast flying both planes on my simulator.
Also interesting how the MD-11 is quite a bit automated but not to the extent of an Airbus fly-by-wire.
I feel, the jets from back in the day look more unique than the more modern ones. I just can't get over the cool factor for many of them. My favorite time for plane spotting was back in the early to mid 90's. Airport would be packed with DC-10's, L-1011, 727, 737-200, 747-200's etc. I also saw the Concord arrive here a few times (British Airways). Those were the days.
My favorite airbus are the A300 series and A330-200. Very slick looking. I think the big A380 is yucky looking.
I don't like the look of the new 787 either. The cockpit windows are so ugly IMO. Still waiting to see the A350. Of course this is just based on visuals and I'm not taking design and performance into account.
So anybody else into aviation? Share your stories and favorite planes.