I think we all have good memories of specific aircraft for that very reason. I have always had a soft spot for the Classic Airliners, Bristol Britannia and VC-10 because they were the first aircraft you would spot out on the airfield when arriving at Duxford. 20 years on and they are still in the same spot. It still brings back good memories when I see them today.
Exactly!! Main reason my favorite aircraft of all time is the Convair B-36. First aircraft I ever remember seeing in person when my dad was stationed at Offutt way back when (She was the biggest bird in the outdoor SAC Museum, sadly no longer there).