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User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

I did a search and couldnt locate anything on DL Lockheed 1011 TriStars. Currently DL has about 44 in storage. What are their plans for this a/c? When they were operational, where did DL fly them. Don't know much about them, sorry. Thanks

AA777jr



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3561 times:

Well, with most L-1011's at over 30 years old, little to no mainline airline demand for them, I think you'll see them scrapped or sent to a secondary level airline.


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3530 times:

What is the range on those things and where was DL flying them too?

User currently offlineL1011Lover From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 989 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3525 times:

DL at one point in the 1990´s had a total of 56 L1011 TriStar, which made them the largest TriStar operator at the time.

32 L1011-1
1 L1011-100
6 L1011-250
17 L1011-500

The L1011-250 was an especially for DL converted version of the standard version L1011-1 used along with the L1011-500 on international flights.

The 500 mostly flew international up until 1998.

Domestically DL mostly used the L1011 on cross-country flights, out of ATL to the West coast, to Hawaii and on high density routes throughout Florida.

Most of DL´s TriStars were originally delivered to them, but some came 2nd or 3rd hand from Pan Am/United, Eastern and Air Canada.

Best regards

L1011Lover


User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3497 times:

L1011Lover,

Thank you very much for the information provided. When and why did DL retire all these a/c?

AA777jr


User currently offlineL1011Lover From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 989 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3399 times:

DL started retiring their L1011 in early 1998, first transferring them from international to domestic service only, then with the delivery of more 767-300ER, 767-400 and 777-200 taking one by one out of service and sending them to the desert.

The L1011´s were just getting old and though pretty good and well designed and of course well maintained aircraft more often had technical problems, which caused delays and flight cancellations, also they were no longer fuel efficient compared to the newer 767-300ER and the brand-new 767-400 and 777-200.

DL´s last L1011 flight was on July 31st, 2001 from ATL to MCO and back to ATL. The aircraft was N728DA.

Best regards,

L1011Lover


User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

"DL´s last L1011 flight was on July 31st, 2001 from ATL to MCO and back to ATL. The aircraft was N728DA."

And I was on it!! N728DA was given over to The Flying Hospital as a spare parts plane for their L1011 aircraft. The rest were sent to VCV for storage. Some have been brought out though. I recently(within a year) saw a picture of an L1011 over in the Middle East that obviously had lived with Delta. It was all white, but with the blue and red cheatline down the side. I think the carrier was called Go and it was flying Middle Eastern charters. Unfortunately, most will see their fate lie with the scrapper's blade and torch. Crying

On an interesting note, if you have seen the movie S.W.A.T. with Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, and LL Cool J, they do some of their training inside an L-1011 and you can tell from the paintjob that it is also a former Delta bird.


User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3208 times:

A link to Delta's fleet, past & present, up until mid-1999. Regards.
http://www.geocities.com/~aeromoe/fleets/delta.html



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User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26194 posts, RR: 76
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

I would guess DL will sell the planes for parts, and unfortunately to become scrap metal. Then again, the planes will come home to Atlanta as cans of Coke (sad, but still funny). This is too bad, this is one of my favorite planes ever.


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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2915 times:

Delta used to fly the old ten eleven to many European airports. MAN had the -500s for many years before going to the 767 and 777 and back to 767 again on the ATL run.

Nice plane. Hardly see them any more now.



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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12026 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2839 times:
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Delta also operated some L1011s leased from TWA:

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Hey AA, the 1960s called. They want their planes back!
User currently offlineSkibum9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2591 times:

The ABC TV show, Lost, is using parts of a scrapped Delta L1011 in the scenes showing aircraft wreckage. Parts were shipped from VCV to Hawaii for the series.


Tailwinds!!!
User currently offlineSspontak From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

I really enjoyed flying on Delta's Tristars. I remember flying them between:
ATL-MCO
ATL-FLL
LGA-FLL
LGA-MCO
LGA-ATL
JFK-ATL
ATL-LAX
LAX-HNL
DFW-HNL
ATL-HNL

I didn't realize I flew the DL L-1011's between that many places. My favorite flight was ATL-LAX in first class in May, 1985. The first class service was great. Being greated by name from the flight attendants, double drinks immediately after boarding, hot towel service,h'orderve service, salad service, wine service, entree service, after dinner fruit/cheese/crackers/chocolate service, and cordials service. Wow those were the days. I was sitting next to a Hollywood producer and he talked business with his collegue for the entire 5 hours. He was ticked off at me because I had the window seat and he had to talk over the aisle. If he asked nicely I would have moved. The actress Cicely Tyson was on the flight. Very memorable. I will be flying Business Elite in Jan-05 between JFK-LAX. I wonder how the service will be? Certainly not like back in 1985, but the seats and PTV's in the 767-300 will be great. Hopefully Delta will be back to their great service soon.










Go Delta!
User currently offlineSspontak From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

Delta Tristars in Honolulu. Nice! No other plane like it!

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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

Nothin' like startup with the Tritanics on a chilly day!!! Big grin

...I'm generally not one for nostalgia, but dang I miss those planes!  Crying


User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3010 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

The Tristars were huge on the Northeast and Atlanta to Florida market.


14 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2013
User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4251 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2241 times:

From my July 1976 Official Airline Guide, here's a few DL L10 routes:

At the time, DL flight numbers usually corresponded to the equipment used. The 1000 and 1100 series were almost always L10:

ATL-LGA
ATL-JFK
ATL-EWR
FLL-LGA
PHL-EWR
SAN-LAX-ATL-CLT
JAX-ATL-DFW->-SFO-
MSY-DFW-SFO
MCO-ATL
LAX-DFW-MSY
ATL-JAX
JFK-ATL
MSY-ATL
ATL-DFW-SFO
MIA-ATL
DTW-DAY-ATL-TPA
TPA-ATL
TPA-ATL-DAY-DTW
JFK-FLL
FLL-JFK
SAN-LAX-DFW-MSY-ATL
LAS-DFW-ATL
DTW-ATL-MCO
SFO-LAS-DFW-ATL-CLT
PHL-ATL
SAN-LAX-DFW-ATL-JAX
ATL-LAS-SFO
IAH-ATL-PHL
EWR-ATL-IAH
CLT-ATL-LAX
ORD-MEM-MSY
MCI-MEM-MIA

To name a few...

Personally, I flew one of their new (at the time) L1011-500s IAH-ATL, where I then connected to a DC8-61 for the ATL-EWR leg.

[Edited 2004-10-15 00:42:49]

User currently offline727200er From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2135 times:

Would love to pick one of those babies up and convert it into a house. Then set up the cockpit for playing FS2004.


"they who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only at night" - Edgar Allen Poe
User currently offlineSspontak From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2077 times:

At one point, DL used their Tristars between ATL and Knoxville, TN. It was at the time of the World's Fair in Knoxville.


Go Delta!
User currently offlineHirisk From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

my first flight was on a L1011 from cvg to fra on DL.i enjoyed the flight and loved the sound of those RR's!it'll be a sad day when the last L1011 is gone.


happy contrails
User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26194 posts, RR: 76
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

The RB211 does sound amazing. I flew in the overwing exit row of a 752 for CO recently and damn, the sound is so smooth. They really sound like jet engines, not rumbling like Pratts or metallic like GEs


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User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1917 times:


Eventhough I had flown on the good ol' L1011's for over 25 transatlantic crossings, ironically, my last L1011 flight with Delta was on board one of the 250 series going from ATL-LAX in 1999. What an amazing aircraft and surely nothing will ever come close to that feeling of pulling up to the gate and seeing that gorgeous high tail with engine 2 glistening in the sun.
May she rest in peace after all the years of great service.



Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
User currently offlineSspontak From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

That is sure right about those engines. Especially in the back economy cabin.


Go Delta!
User currently offlineSspontak From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

Even though the back cabin was rather loud, it was a part of the plane that usually had many open seats. I enjoyed stretching out in those 5 middle seats.


Go Delta!
User currently offlineSspontak From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1858 times:

Delta Tristar
Amazing Wing! Always a great view when the flaps were fully deployed.

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25 Post contains links and images Sspontak : Delta Tristar. A Beautiful Tail to Remember. View Large View MediumPhoto © Gregg Stansbery
26 Post contains links and images Sspontak : Delta Tristar. Those amazing engines. Especially those cold starts. View Large View MediumPhoto © Ken Ptak View Large View MediumPhoto © Mar
27 Post contains links and images Sspontak : Delta Tristar. The cabin. The wide-ride. View Large View MediumPhoto © Jeff Bigelow View Large View MediumPhoto © Mike Genovese View Large V
28 Post contains links and images OttoPylit : I must say the 728DA looked beautiful on her last flight with the "Delta Belle" pin-up girl on her. Everyone is right about those cold starts. If you
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