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Is A 747 Classic As Good As A L1011 Tristar.  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4220 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

If any body has read my past post, you know that I am a big Boeing 747 fan. But I herd that the original 747 was not as advance or well built as a L1011. I was told about a Flying Tiger 747 pilot who wish he could fly a L1011. I herd 747 classic can not even land themselves. I herd a L1011 had a more conferrable cabin than a 747 classic and a sharper turning. I know both a/c travel at the same cruising speed. Was the only thing the 747 had over the L1011 was size, power and range. What your opinion, the 747 will still be my favorite airline but I still would like to know your opinion.

PS 747 400 do not count in the s topic.

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User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2160 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3752 times:

Well for its time the L1011 was way a head...that being said I was in a -500 series last christmas (Air Transat C-FTSW to be exact) and it felt like a rock, better than the A310 (Air Transat again, C-FDAT) we went down to MCO on. I have never flown on a 747, but I hear that the L1011 was the choice in the day.

There is a really good video that is out, its Royal Airlines L1011 from YYZ to LAS. Shows the L1011's beautiful qualities and how advanced it was for the late 60's early 70's


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User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3643 times:

Just want to repost the topic before it get lost.

User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3623 times:

I think it's a "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". I am a 747 fanatic, not just a fan. But one of the nicest flights I have ever experienced was on a Delta L-1011. Wonderful.

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25340 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3544 times:

I think the only aircraft better than an L1011 to fly on would be Concorde.

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineTokyoNarita From Palau, joined Aug 2003, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3517 times:

As far as i know, the L1011s did not have center overhead bins so it may have felt spacious and roomier than B747. But when you have a full flight, storing things in the overhead became a problem i think, especially during a full flight.

I dont remember Delta's L1011 but ANA's L1011 didn't have center overhead bins.


User currently offlineDon From Japan, joined Jun 2003, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

A Lockheed design engineer were known to have said that they built the L1011 autopilot first and and the rest of the aircraft to to suit the autopilot.

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3366 times:

I like the L1011 better. Beautiful plane.

User currently offlineAms From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1693 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3311 times:

I flew on Royal Jordanian RJ a lot on their L1011's!
Such a beautifull airplane, wide aisles and good seat pitch!

Defenetly going to miss the L1011's


User currently offlineUpsmd11 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 823 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

One of my favorite planes is/was the L10. I remember my first flight was DL in F ATL-BOS. This flight had full meal service, movie, etc. I flew back from this trip ATL-BOS in a 762, again in F class. Not nearly as nice but a great plane from all other points of view.

Other chances I had to fly the L10 were in Y ATL-MCO and ATL-SJU. The ATL-SJU flight didn't happen because of mechanical problems (go figure) and ended up on a 763 for that flight.

Sad to see them go. The visual impact of a 3-holer is what people like I think. A 777 is beautiful but it's just a large 737/757/767 in pure simple design terms.


User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11557 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

My Tristar flights date back 10 years and more, and what I remind is not that positive as some of the previous posts. A few flights with LTU´s red birds were cramped and the aircondition was pretty bad (hot head, cold feet in windowseats). And one of my worst flights ever was on a L-1011 of American Trans Air (old rotten thing, ex Delta). Insufficient range (didn´t even do Transatlantic nonstop, had a stormy stopover on the Azores!), no space, creaky (and on the same day as Pan Ams Lockerbie bomb disaster).
Can´t say that its a better aircraft than the 747 classic at least from my passenger point of view. I only had two flights on a 747 classic and they were fine, but thats also more than ten years ago at a time I wasn´t too much in aviation.

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