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Your Last Chance to Fly on Rare and Historic Airliners – New Enthusiast’s Guide

by Matt Falcus
Last Chance to Fly Book

Last Chance to Fly Book

In 2009 we released one of our most popular book titles, Last Chance to Fly, which detailed how aviation enthusiasts can fly on rare and historic airliners around the world before they disappear from our skies for good.

Now we have completely revised and updated the book for today, bringing you all of the rare airliners still flying and where to fly them.

Last Chance to Fly (Revised 2nd Edition) has been updated by Robert Mitchell, who has himself flown on many of these historic aircraft, the book is your guide to flying on some of history’s most iconic aircraft still in our skies.



About the Book

Last Chance to Fly covers the rarest airliners still flying, with a particular emphasis on historic aircraft.

Written by an enthusiast who has flown on many of these aircraft, this guide has the authenticity and attention to detail that you need when planning flights on these aircraft.

The book lists over 55 aircraft types, from wartime piston airliners to more recent aircraft which have become rare in our skies.

All held together in one handy, compact guide, you will no longer need to trawl through the internet or fleet listings to find out where these historic aircraft are still flying. Our guides has it all in one place as a useful reference for planning your future trips.


Aircraft Covered in the Book

The following aircraft types are covered in the book, each with details of the operators still flying the type and an idea of where they are flown.

  • Airbus A300
  • Airbus A310
  • Airbus A318
  • Airbus A340
  • Antonov An-12
  • Antonov An-24/26
  • Antonov An-72/74
  • Antonov An-140
  • Antonov An-148/158
  • Beechcraft 18
  • Beechcraft 99
  • Boeing 717
  • Boeing 727
  • Boeing 737-200
  • Boeing 737-600
  • Boeing 747-300
  • Boeing 757-300
  • Boeing 767-200
  • British Aerospace ATP
  • British Aerospace 146/Avro RJ
  • Britten Norman BN-2 Islander
  • Convair 440/580
  • de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
  • de Havilland DH.104 Dove
  • de Havilland DH.114 Heron
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-7
  • Dornier 328
  • Douglas DC-3/C-47
  • Douglas DC-4
  • Douglas DC-9
  • Embraer 120 Brasilia
  • Fairchild Swearingen Metro
  • Fokker 50
  • Fokker 70
  • Fokker 100
  • Ford Tri-Motor
  • Grumman G-21 Goose
  • Ilyusin IL-18
  • Ilyushin IL-62
  • Ilyushin IL-76
  • Ilyushin IL-96
  • Ilyushin IL-114
  • Junkers Ju 52
  • Let L-410
  • Lisunov Li-2
  • Lockheed Super Constellation
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-80/90 Series
  • Saab 340
  • Saab 2000
  • Tupolev Tu-134
  • Tupolev Tu-154
  • Tupolev Tu-204/214
  • Xian MA60
  • Yakovlev Yak-40
  • Yakovlev Yak-42

We also include a look back at the aircraft which are gone, but not forgotten, listing when popular types such as the Boeing 707, Vickers Viscount and Lockheed TriStar stopped flying passengers.

Your Flying Memories Need This Book

You owe it to your memories and your logbook to take a flight on these historic aircraft before they are gone for good.

The title, Last Chance to Fly, was chosen for a reason – there is very little chance that once these aircraft are retired from passenger service they will ever fly for airlines again. In 20 years you will be looking back longingly at the aircraft that were still flying in these days.

I never got to fly on a Boeing 707, even though I had lots of chances to make the journey to Iran to fly on Saha Air’s aircraft before they were retired in 2014. Now there is no chance and I regret it very much. Don’t make that mistake.


last chance to flyGet a Copy of the Book

Last Chance to Fly (Revised Edition) ISBN 978-0-9955307-7-5 is available now through Destinworld Publishing. It can be purchased or ordered through Amazon, all good online and specialist aviation retailers.

Alternately, you can get your copy immediately by placing an order through this secure link: https://destinworld.com/product/last-chance-to-fly/





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JOHN TURNER October 9, 2017 - 6:23 pm


Matt Falcus October 10, 2017 - 8:56 am

Hi John, unfortunately the only DC-8 still flying with seats on board is the one operated by NASA. It’s not generally available to the public.

Mark Curran October 10, 2017 - 9:28 pm

Currently Motor Sich are operating their AN74 from Zaporizhne to Minsk (!), the AN-140 from Zap to Kiev, and An-24 from Kiev to Odessa and Lviv. They do seem to have a ‘random aircraft generator’ function so anything seems capable of turning up on anything. Yak-40s have also been used recently.


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