TradewindL1011 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 179 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2047 times:
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.
Tristar2000 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1946 times:
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)
N243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 21 Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1937 times:
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.
TradewindL1011 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 179 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1679 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.