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User currently offlineN601BN From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 40 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

When I was in TUS in December, I saw this L1011 flying hospital parked on the cargo ramp...

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Is it still in service? Its web site was out of date, and the last photo to show it anywhere besides TUS was taken in July 2001.

Quite an interesting bird...

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Any current information would be appreciated.


N601BN--747 Braniff Place
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User currently offlineLearjet23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 6 hours ago) and read 3158 times:

Started off as a PSA plane with special configuration, had a ramp (retractable steps) going from the ground floor up to the cabin area. Many photos on this site of the orig plane. Was sponsored by "Operation Blessing" a TV church, as a flying hospital. The cost of running this beast over to the jungles and bannana republics broke the bank. Most country's demanded landing fees and bribes so the medical missionaries could help the people. Now called the Flying Hospital and getting grants and donations. With the Muslims now showing their true colors it sits until peace comes, or the org disbands. Go to wwwtheflyinghospital.org

User currently offlineDAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 3076 times:
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I believe that Delta donated the last L-1011 to retire, N728DA to the Flying Hospital organization to use as a source of spares. They made a big deal out of it at the retirement ceremony.

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User currently offlineAkumas From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 434 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 3002 times:

Interesting. I would also think XXXXX Airline would make a big deal about donating a plane to a non profit organisation.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6386 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 3004 times:

It has not flown since November 2001. And not once did it ever fly a relief mission. I've seen it literally every day, parked pretty much in the same spot, for the last 8 years.

BTW, it's not the cargo ramp.

I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
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