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Who Here Misses The Mighty One?  
User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 11
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2967 times:




Well...the sound and smoke of those roaring engines on start-up...

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The wonderful climbing capabilities of the giant

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The wonderful curves this baby had

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The graceful, high-pitched landings

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Her good-looking behind!!!

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Those unique looking engines and cowlings

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The feeling it gave you when you saw her at the gate, knowing you will fly on this amazing aircraft

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You are surely missed

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May you rest in peace...

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my beloved L1011



Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
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User currently offlineCougarAviator From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2957 times:

I miss her dearly. I had the pleasure of flying on her from Salt Lake City to Maui, and from Maui to DFW..........


Too bad the sun has indeed set, on this Majestic Lady!!!


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Long live the Tristar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[Edited 2004-11-05 03:26:02]


Failure is not an option.....
User currently offlineDaddad525 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2947 times:

I flew on 2 L-1011s.

Court Line G-BAAA, bright orange in the early 70s and BWIA to POS in 1984 on our honeymoon. If you look up 9Y-TGN it ended up like our marriage!


User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2598 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

I loved DL L1011s especially...I wish I could have flown them more than the one brilliant trip I had on them. I was young, 5 or 6 maybe, and my Nana and I flew a DL L1011 from SAN-SLC on our annual trip back to her home. I'll never forget that ride.


Life is better when you surf.
User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2897 times:
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Its sad when i see a thread like this and i know that i missed the chance to have flown on one of those lovely aircraft.
The L1011 is indeed one of those.



On a wing and a prayer
User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1495 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2888 times:

Are there any Tristars still flying? I have never seen one.


South Australian Spotter
User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3697 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

The L-1011's my all-time favorite plane...hated to see them go. Was supposed to be on Delta's last scheduled flight on 7/31/01 but got screwed out of it.

Ryan- Air Transat recently retired the last of theirs, Hewa Bora Airlines in Africa has a couple, ATA still uses them for US Military Charters, YES still has at least 1 (CS-TMX) not sure if Arrow Air still has them or not. The RAF still use some -500s as tankers, too. Those are the only active L-1011s that I can think of.

DeltaRules

[Edited 2004-11-06 17:49:59]


Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
User currently offlineIDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

Ryan h, there are TriStar still flying, I know it for sure. Here in Italy, when it is peak tourism season in summer, some charter airliners leases TriStars from other companies. Unfortunately I can't give you company names or other details but I can clearly remember, while driving on the highway to MXP, having seen one of them, all painted in white, some months ago. Also some local aviation magazine reported TriStar were operating at MXP.

Ciao
IDISA



User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2839 times:

I'm sure that there are bound to be tristars in the world still flying, I just don't know where.
I have not had the privilage on flying the tristar, but it was one of the first few planes I could ever identify in my life.


User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 45
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

Some more carriers which I believe still operate the TriStar:

Euro Atlantic Airways

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Air Luxor

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Star Air

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Saudi Arabian Royal Flight

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Sky Eyes

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Jordan Aviation


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Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8414 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2821 times:
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Interesting that all your pictures are of Delta, that was my one and only Tristar flight, FRA-DFW way back in 1991. It was a daylight flight and I was lucky enough to be booked business class, big leather seats, excellent service, I still have the hand-out toiletries case with all the contents intact!


After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2729 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

I was lucky to fly a Delta Tristar. I can't renember much of it, but I know it was a lovely aircraft. One thing I really renember is the lift that goes down to the lower deck. God, that was noisy when you sat right infront of it!


Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineDavidYYC From Canada, joined Sep 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

Is it correct to say that the Tri-Star has the largest windows, of any recent commercial jet?

User currently offlineLH455 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

I was quite fond of the L-1011s -- especially the Delta ships. I flew on a tristar JFK-ATH in 91 (stopping in Shannon to refuel), from IAD-FRA in 95 and a few times from ATL-FLL.

The lower-level kitchens with elevators were cool.

You can still see L-1011s parked at LIS-- operating for Euro Atlantic, YES charter and Air Luxor.


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User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2752 times:

Nothing sounds as good as a trio of Rolls engines at takeoff (buzz) thrust. The L1011 is the best sounding aircraft ever... I'll give it that.  Big grin


Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
User currently offlineSpeedbudgie From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2722 times:

I have to say that I was never a particularly big fan of the three holers. Of all of them, the L1011 always looked the strangest to me. That said however, they played an important role in aviation and will be greatly missed. I will never forget my surprise when I went to pick up my friend from an ATL-TPA flight to find that she had arrived in an L1011, standard practice for Delta.

User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

Sadly, I never got to fly on one, but the Tristar has always ranked up there with the 747 as one of my lifelong favourites (ever since I began loving planes at age 8). I especially loved seeing her in Eastern colours in the magazine adverts of my time.

I still have the model of an Eastern L-1011 my dad and I built together when I was 9 (back in 1985); it's one of my treasured possession (especially now that Dad passed away in 1995); it was a father-son bonding experience. The model is in a new, experimental colour scheme--I removed the fraying Eastern stripe decals and repainted the plane in metallic ruby red, metallic sapphire blue, and gold (an experimental Smith Airways scheme honoring my hometown).

More recently, when I began travelling a lot, I used to see TWA L-1011s sitting next to TWA 747s at JFK, and closer to home, ATA L-1011s at IND. I even saw a Delta Tristar one evening at ORD while spotting there in 1999.

These are my fond lifelong experiences with the Tristar.
SmithAir747




I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
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