767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2323 times:
You all have some good taste...if only Lockheed would have made more civilian jets!!!
September11, you up for another thread where we post pics of all the former operators of the L1011, just like we did the MD-80
Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
Skydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1012 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2291 times:
DC-10 wing engines are mounted closer to aircraft than the L-1011s.
This was very good engineering. It allowed for pax to board through the L2 door as an alternate to L1, since with the wing engines further from the fuselage, they are also further aft. This provided an unobstructed path for a bridge on L2.
Why I like the L-1011?
Flown in it many times. Still would take any opportunity for more L-1011 flights.
Incredible engineering. High technology systems. Super-strong fuselage with very large panels.
Jerry1011 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2208 times:
I for one will never forget the beautiful old "Star". Many happy memories not least of which was one occasion flying BA LHR-ATH back in 1984 I think it was. Myself and companion ended up in the underfloor galley being fed and watered on smoked salmon and small bottles of Champagne, and then being given over fifty (yes - >50!) miniature bottles of booze of our choice, masquerading as "one for the road", and being entertained by two of BA's most affable and jovial cabin crew. They don't make 'em like that anymore! - the plane or the staff!
The TriStar was simply a dream to fly on, a dream to look at, excitement from start to finish (it was my first wide-body) and the reason why I used to fly LHR-CDG several times a year. OK, I love the 777 and A332, but they just don't have the same feel, do they. Too much "Eurowhite", plastic, not enough individualism inside. You could tell you were on a 'Star from the sound of the electric doors and that machine that the coat hangers used to get put on which went up into the ceiling! (What is it called?)
One year, we ended up on a TriStar 500 for the short bunny-hop to Paris. It was only one third full of pax, let alone fuel, so the take off was perhaps the most spectacular ever. Even the old TriStar 1 fully laden to ATH had some guts though.