Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Status Of The Flying Hospital  
User currently offlineTradewindL1011 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 179 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3339 times:

Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone had any information of the current status of P4-MED, The Flying Hospital? I've noticed that it has sat without activity at Tucson International since at least November 2001. Is it permanently stored, or do they plan to head out for some more humanitarian missions? I sure hope that famous L-1011 can get out and help those less fortunate.

-Trent

13 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineImisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6307 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

It sits to this day unused after 8 years. The aircraft has yet to serve the purpose for which it was modified though a friend tells me the "700 club" still raises money for it.

I could say, no I will say, the word scam regarding this. Still waiting for the lawsuit. Pat? Are you there? I thought not.



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

Is the ORBIS DC-10 still soldiering on????

Greg



Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
User currently offlineImisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6307 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

The Orbis DC-10 is doing it's job well. Check the current issue of Air & Space for news.


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3245 times:

Isn't there a 757 in Saudia markings that is also a flying hospital?


OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineTristar2000 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3238 times:

Hey Trent,

I found nothing to indicate this bird is grounded for good. It is still a serviceable bird as per a L-1011 website at flytristar.tripod.com, which is usually very well informed about Tristar developments.

But like you said, nothing shows it has flown recently, the most recent picture I found on the web was from March 19, 2004 and it shows the bird in Tucson with engine covers on number 1 and 3 engines, as well as the sun shield in the windshield... everything appears normal. Funny I didn't know s/n 1064 was an ex-Worldways Canada bird (first delivered to a company called Pacific Southwest, which I had never heard of)

Best regards,
Steven



User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1638 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3229 times:

Greg,
Yes indeed, the Orbis DC-10 is still flying eye care missions to this day. I had the privelage of seeing it up close at Oshkosh in 2003. There is also a recent article in Flying Magazine about it. I expect it to be Orbis' choice of aircraft for at least another several years.

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Georg S.


-N243NW  Big thumbs up



B-52s don't take off. They scare the ground away.
User currently offlineSQ25J From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

L-188, yes-Saudi Royal Flight has a 757 hospital of sorts, perhaps more of an air ambulance transporting royal family to best hospitals+doctors in world. Has been to IAD a couple times last year.

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4643 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3159 times:

It's a shame to hear that about the Tristar. I remember reading a big article about it in Airways or Airliners (one of the two) a number of years ago.

They apparently chose that L1011 because it was built with the lower deck lounge for Pacific Southwest Airlines, and as such they could use that as the entry point in unusual locations.

Tristar2000, I can't believe you haven't heard of PSA!! I live in Australia and even *I* know what PSA was!

Cheers,

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineTristar2000 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

ClassicLover,

What's so wrong with admitting you don't know something... *I* know it's hard for some people here but not for me...

In the case of PSA, you can blame my young age, not my geographic location.

Cheers Mate Big grin


Steven


User currently offlineTradewindL1011 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2971 times:

Thanks everyone for the info on P4-MED! It's interesting to know that that Tristar had a lower deck lounge. I always wondered what that extra port-side lower deck door was for. The picture below of the aircraft with Worldways first sparked my interest. However, I've been in the lower deck galley of L-1011s before, and the location of that door is right where all the ovens for the food usually are. Does anyone have any info on the galley configs of these particular Tristars? I believe there were two ex PSA aircraft that went on to AeroPeru, Worldways, and one eventually became the Flying Hospital.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Caz Caswell



-Trent


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

Is this the one y'all are talking about? Because if it is, it flew several missions in 1999, which is no more than five years ago!
http://www.airhighways.com/flying_hospital.htm



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineImisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6307 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2871 times:

Sorry, no it didn't fly those in 1999. The aircraft pictured was an ATA L-1011 leased for publicity, with a full passenger interior.

And yes,it is Flying, not Air & Space. Mea Culpa.



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4643 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2839 times:

Tristar2000, I am not old either, I barely scrape into the age group thing that I am listed under - on the low end Big grin

Maybe it's because I heard of PSA years ago due to my interest in Air Disasters, that could be it!

Nothing wrong with not knowing something or admitting to it, I was just surprised you didn't know - no offense meant of course!!

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Status Of The Flying Hospital L1011 posted Tue Dec 16 2003 19:04:09 by Notar520AC
What Is The Status Of The A380 Wiring Rework? posted Wed Nov 22 2006 14:48:08 by Nitrohelper
What Is The Status Of The Suchoi RRJ..? posted Tue Oct 17 2006 19:01:03 by Beaucaire
Project XM At AC... Status Of The First 763? posted Thu Aug 3 2006 05:00:09 by SafeFlyer
Status Of The Jat Airways Fleet posted Sun Mar 5 2006 22:21:28 by JU101
Status Of The Two DC-4's At YYZ posted Thu Jun 30 2005 15:45:57 by R3500vdp
Status Of The A340-500 & 777LR/F posted Tue Jun 14 2005 18:52:26 by Quig
What's The Status Of The SQ 006 Pilot? posted Sun Jun 5 2005 07:21:11 by Palladium
Status Of The 8 UA 763's posted Wed May 11 2005 07:49:32 by StevenUhl777
Status Of The New Nagoya Airport posted Mon Nov 29 2004 05:18:35 by Pilottj