A to Z Blog Challenge 2021- Letter F – Flying


A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter F – Flying




It’s that time again for the April A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ve done this one for quite a few years, and it’s always fun.

This time I decided to go with the miscellaneous type posts, which some days will be whatever I want, and other days will be a resurrection of my older posts that pretty much no one or very few ever saw.

So, here we go with Letter F …

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter F




A long time ago, when I was in school, we were asked what we would like to do someday, a sort of goal. I wrote that I’d like to go somewhere on an airplane. At the time this seemed very far-fetched for me to ever do. Then, not too many years later, I got my chance.

My husband was in the Army, serving in Viet Nam. They were allowed a week’s leave of R & R (rest and recuperation)…a short vacation. We decided to meet up in Hawaii.

Travelling there was by airplane – my first time on one, and my goal was met. I only had to change planes one time. I loved every minute of it. That was the start of many more plane rides over the years. One of the air carriers is no longer in business…Braniff. I actually still have a couple of small, plastic cups that I was served coffee in, from Braniff.

Other airlines I’ve travelled on are, Southwest, Continental, American, Boeing, Delta, Air France, Lufthansa, and MAC (Military Aircraft Carrier). There have been jets, a 707, a 747, turbo props, twin engines, puddle jumpers, and a helicopter.

The overseas flights were very long, and the shortest one was from Dallas, Tx. to Paris, Tx. One flight I almost missed (in France), and there have been overnight layovers. Every one of them have been so much fun.

Travelling by plane has changed quite a bit, since my first experience with flying. Maybe it was the era, or the airlines policies, I don’t know. Back then, the passengers were treated to a full course meal on a tray, with those little coffee cups, cutlery, and menus. I still have a very large menu from one of them. On the overseas flights, we were able to watch a movie or two on a pull down screen. We were given headphones to plug into the arm rest, so we could hear it. There were also several radio station bands we could tune into.

You were offered a pillow, a blanket, and soft socks to wear, also. This was all while riding in coach seating…not first class!

So, I can say without a doubt, I love flying on an airplane, even now, when all you are offered is peanuts or crackers!


Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2014 BS

© 2021 BS

22 responses »

  1. You’ve done a lot of flying, Barbara! I’ve done some and can’t say that I enjoy it at all except it gets me where I want to go faster than driving. I also remember the “luxury” they offered back in the good old days as compared to now. The last few times I flew I started to freak out about thinking how high the plane was and there was no way to survive a crash.

    • Thanks, Li! Definitely faster than driving. To visit my daughter up in Missouri, it takes only 3 hours from our house to theirs by plane, whereas it takes like 13 hours to drive it. Maybe someday we’ll get to fly again. Yeah, I try not to think of how high up it is. I like looking out the window though. 🙂

    • Thanks, John. Hmmm I don’t remember getting free cigarettes, but I remember they let you smoke, and had those little armrest ashtrays. Times sure have changed. 🙂

    • Thanks, Ellen! I sure have traveled a lot through the years. I enjoyed flying back then, and can see how things have changed in the area of service to the customers. Maybe we can fly again someday. 🙂

    • Thanks, Jim! The one helicopter I was ever on was pretty big, and used as a shuttle between the airports in NYC – La Guardia and JFK. I enjoyed seeing the sights on the short trip. 🙂

    • Thanks, Emily! Definitely a lot involved in traveling by air. I’m sure lots of others aren’t fond of it, either. As of right now I’d not want to go because too many people and the spreading of the virus. 🙂

  2. I love flying, though overseas is also very long flight. Some airlines still give full meals, inflight entertainment, like Eremites, Qatar and Turkish

    • Thanks, Sadje! Overseas flying sure is long. I went to Japan with my two girls, and to Germany before the girls were born. I liked the adventure of it all. Good to know some airlines still offer nice things for their passengers. 🙂

    • Thanks, Janet! It’s been awhile since we went anywhere, and I still like flying. Not so much the waiting between flights, but then you get to watch people – haha. 🙂

  3. My round trip to New York 20 years ago is still my only experience in flying. That was on TWA, which ceased to exist by the end of that year. I didn’t get any socks or a pillow (or even the ubiquitous bag of peanuts), but I got a soda, a hard as a rock sandwich, and a bad back!

    • Thanks, Bill! Sorry your one and only experience with flying was less than great. Traveling by plane is so different now than it was back then, and some are better than others. Maybe someday you can try it again with better results. 🙂

    • Thanks, Anita! I miss it, too. I want to go up to see our daughter, but with the virus still hanging around, I’m sure it will be a long time before we travel again. Hopefully we’ll get to go somewhere when things get better. 🙂

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