About Me

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My name is Peter and I have been interested in aviation for most of my life.  When I was younger I was crazy about ships as that is how we travelled to the different places we lived as a family.  Those places included (Western) Samoa, New Zealand, Holland and Malaysia.

My introduction to aviation at 9 years of age was in March 1966 where we broke with tradition 2016-02-13-12-04-31-3and instead of boarding a banana boat to travel from Samoa back to New Zealand, we instead opted to fly.

It was 3 in the morning as we checked in at Apias’ Faleolo Airport.  The Polynesian Airlines Douglas DC3 stood ready to take us the 90 miles to Pago Pago in American Samoa so we could connect with the TEAL (Air New Zealand) Douglas DC8 which was brand new.  The runway at Faleolo was marked by a row of bonfires, off we went.  We saw the lights of Apia as we passed overhead and on landing at Pago Pago dawn was breaking.

It also sounding like the world was breaking.  On exiting the active runway the most almighty roar, the loudest I had ever heard came up behind us.   Our DC8 had just touched down with a hiss and a roar.

Just got my Private Pilots Licence
Just got my Private Pilots Licence

Standing under the tail as we were about to board the DC8, I was sure I had never seen anything so big and beautiful.  My love affair with planes had begun.

I worked for an airline in my career, although only in the sales area.  I also got my private pilots licence which was such a buzz.

I hope you like the pages I am creating and will continue to add to.  I am open to suggestions and feed back so feel free to comment and make suggestions.

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16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Peter,
    I just discovered your “modernairliners.com” site and I love it.
    Thanks for creating it and maintaining it.
    I have loved planes since I was a young boy living near Toronto’s Airport (now Pearson Airport).
    Since it is an Air Canada hub i saw and loved the 727s, DC8s, DC9s, L1011s and 747’s most.

    • Hi David,

      It gets in your blood doesn’t it. My first experience of flight was taking off from Faleolo Airfield in what was then Western Samoa. At 3am we bumped down the grass strip with bonfires down the side in place of runway lights. We flew the 90 miles to Pago Pago in American Samoa to connect with a TEAL flight to New Zealand. As we landed in Pago Pago and turned off the runway, there was the most almighty roar behind us. The brand new DC8 had behind us and sheer raw power of the pure jets had me hooked.

      Cheers Peter

  2. Hi Peter,
    Are there any plans to include other (older) models? Such as the DC8, DC9, 707, L1011, DC10 and even the British VC10 and BAC1-11 and Tridents? Some of the even older types like the Vickers Vanguard or Viscount, DC7 and Constellations, Electras (the list goes on). I realize that some of the specs and info on these older models are harder to find.
    While your at it (ha ha). Even some of the Soviet types. IL62 and many others.

    Would love to see them.

    • Hi David,

      I would sure love to do that. When time permits I will start adding more again. There have been some grand old airliners some of which I am happy I got the chance to fly on.

      Thanks for stopping by and check back with us later.

      Cheers Peter

  3. Hi Peter,

    On your Dash 8 history page I have a question.

    You indicate that Air Nelson took delivery of the last classic (100/200/300) DHC8 in May 2008, however, the you indicate on the next line that the classic production line was shutdown a year later in May 2009.

    So, I believe that Air Nelson took delivery of their final DHC8-300 (NK-NFI) in June 2009.

    Thank you for the clarification.

    Dan

    • Hi Dan,

      It looks like you might be right. Airframe MSN671 was delivered to Air Nelson on 10 June 2009 under registration ZK-NFI.

      Thank you stopping by and thank you sporting that error.

      Cheers Peter

  4. Dear Peter
    I have just ‘discovered’ your site and at first I didn’t ‘notice’ your archive material – all excellent and well done.

    If you are able to also include some of the bigger turboprops (viz ATRs) it would add another dimension, however, easier to say than do.
    yours aye

    Michael Murray (NZ)

    • G’day Michael,

      Thank you for stopping by and your kind words, much appreciated. You’re right, the ATR definitely deserves its place on this site. It is on my list and I hope to find time soon to add it.

      Thanks again.

      Cheers Peter

  5. Just tripped over your site. I like it.
    Not a really frequent traveller, but with a daughter in LA and a son in London, more so that we would have been.
    Previous trips; 2013_>London on BA PEc seats. 777 ERs …Not wonderful, but we repeated in 2015 for ‘the wedding’ (heck, I’m now 70, so forget Ec seating).
    LA with Air NZ, PEc. Good! Splashed out for Biz upgrade to come home. Air NZ has a great cabin vibe; terrific people.
    This time (which led me to your site), China Airlines to London on an A350; Prem Ec over, Biz back, (a crazy deal that came up on travel agent’s screen while my wife was chatting to her about how to go…and why you should use a good agent, IMO).
    We have high expectations for this trip; sounds good, and new aircraft.
    Shall drop in here regularly.

    And damn I miss those lovely Embraers on the Virgin list )-:

    Thanks Peter.

    Paul

    • Hi Paul,

      isn’t it funny how life’s little changes can all of sudden turn us into world travellers. Something we didn’t see coming. I look forward to hearing of your future escapades and would ove to hear what you think of the A350.

      Happy flying.

      Cheers Peter

  6. I should have added; we’re in Sydney. We took on the slight inconvenience of a swapover in Auckland for LA. Worth it.

  7. Nice website please develope app for modernairliners.com and real atf fuel prices update. Add more aircraft including corporate jet, corporate jet buyers guide.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Aszx,

      thank you for your interest and comment. We will be developing this site out further as time goes on. The focus will be on commercial aircraft, however, in the future we may branch out further. There won;t unfortunately be a fuel price monitor.
      Cheers Peter

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