This thread by YTZ about the 727 vs 767 just got me thinking:
Did those of us (especially in Europe where chapter 3 noise reduction is rigidly enforced) over about 35 have a better more interesting time spotting and travelling on airliners when we were younger?
I remember Heathrow and Birmingham from the mid 1970s to the early 1990s and reguarly seeing:
HS 121 Tridents
Real raw 1st and second generation jets, a great variety. When I take my 9 yr old son, a real 3rd generation chip-off-the old-block aviaiton enthusiast spotting these days the variety isn't there. It's either an airbus twin usually a 319/320/321 or an NG 737 (at regionals) and either A340 or 777 and 747-400 at EGLL. He loves it but I look and as much as I love aeroplanes I hark back to the "good old days" and wish I could feel the pavement shake again.
I guess the guys in the generation before mine yearn for the days of props and even earlier jets.
So, despite still being a great hobby, have the kids like my son missed the best days of spotting?