TransatGuy From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 67 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 976 times:
I think that it's a great a/c. I work for Air Transat, a charter in Canada and we operate 15 L10-150, and 5 L10-500, they are currently going to replace the -150's for -500. I see about 6 L-10's a day and I never get sick of them. I flew on one from YYZ-POP-YYZ, sat in jump for take off, and I'll never forget it. The ride was awesome. Our pilots expalined everthing that they were doing thruout the flight and made it enjoyable for us. Even tho I see these magnificent a/c's everyday, I can never get sick of them, I believe that they are one of the greatest a/c's ever built, and that they are true workhorses.
Copper1 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 439 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 972 times:
As I mentioned in another thread the other day the L1011 and DC-10 have got to be two of the greatest airliners of all time. They have a style and class all of their own when compared to anything from Washington State or Europe.
The sound of either of these two majestic planes cannot be matched. The smokey start of the L1011 and the whine of the 10 as it taxis are sights and sounds from the glory days of airliner design.
I have often thought of these two as a matching pair with the DC-10 being the King of airliners and the L1011 being the Queen. To me the DC-10 looks rough and masculine while the L-1011 has more graceful feminine lines to her.
Truely a magnificent pair and with any luck they will both be around for years to come hauling people or cargo.
UALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 957 times:
I absolutely agree. Both the L10s and DC10s/MD11s are the most aesthetically pleasing widebodies to me. I just hate it that McDonnell Douglas screwed up the MD11's prospects so bad!!! We couldve at least had that tri-engine masterpiece to enjoy for our flights for a many more yrs. It's not that I dislike the new widebodies (I love the 777 and 330s/340s), but they just dont have the same physical appeal as a big widebody with a big fat number 2 engine lumped on its back!
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3211 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 944 times:
The L-1011 is indeed a great aeroplane, both in looks and in passenger comfort. 2 weeks ago I rode in one of BWIA's refurbished L-1011-500's from GEO to POS. I had flown on BWee's TriStars before but was I in for a surprise when I boarded the plane! The entire interior had been redone, the seats reupholstered and the atmosphere inside was really great. As we lifted off from GEO I could feel the power of the jetliner as it eased its way upwards ever so smoothly. The flight lasted just under one hour and was really a great ride. Yes, those TriStars of BWee's not only look great but continue to fly very well and have indeed served BWee well for 20 years. Panther, I certainly agree with you!
Alas, BWee has put the -500s up for sale and is considering replacing them with 767s. TransatGuy, BWIA no longer uses TriStars to YYZ except during peak periods (summer, Christmas); at other times they use the MD83s and now the 738s. The TriStars mainly fly to JFK and LHR these days.
COPPER1 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 439 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 920 times:
Glad to see there are a few fans of the wide body three's around. I forgot to mention in my earlier post that my favourite paint scheme for the L 1011 was when Air Canada brought them out of retirement and flew them for a short time in their current colours. On a bright clear day it looked like the paint scheme was designed specifically for the L 1011.
I have a couple photos in this colour scheme but I have no way to post them to share with the rest of you. If anyone out there has a photo and a way of posting it pls. share this beauty with thoses unfortunates who did not get a chance to see this grand airliner in a gorgeous colour scheme.
Woodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1023 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 860 times:
The TriStar is by far the most graceful jet ever built. Not to mention a tremendous workhorse and great performer for its operators. I guess all the rumors of the TriStar refit program is all just a hoax, as I have not heard anything or seen anything from Lockheed Martin and Delta is definitely not keeping any of theirs on for cargo ops. At least nothing official has been said about this rumor.
Long live the TriStar! And I think that it will live on, the later build examples from the late 70s and early-mid 80s are not yet old aircraft in the big picture. They will also be very low priced widebody a/c for charter operators to aquire.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 846 times:
What I will remember most about the L-1011 is; it was the first widebody jet I ever flew on. In May 1999, I flew on a Delta L-1011 from MCO to ATL and the flight was terrific!!! Those 3 RR RB211s had alot of power on takeoff and they were smooth quiet running engines. Too bad Lockheed didn't develop more advanced models with FBW after the 500 series with engines from P&W and GE to attract more customers, it would have stayed in production maybe to this day.
L-1011Alpha From Puerto Rico, joined Feb 2000, 331 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 820 times:
Here's the history:
The Lockheed TriStar's origin lies in a 1966 American Airlines specification for a short to medium-range, large-capacity transport. Lockheed and Douglas both designed an aircraft to meet the specifications. The result was two very similar aircraft. American decided to buy the DC-10. Lockheed received launch orders from TWA (33 orders/11 options) and Eastern (25 orders/25 options) on March 29, 1968 and production of the first L-1011 was started.
The engine of choice was the Rolls-Royce RB.211. The design, development and production costs for this new engine led Rolls-Royce to declare bankruptcy in Februay, 1971. Rolls-Royce's bankruptcy was a tremendous setback for the L-1011 program and one that it never recovered from.
Despite Rolls-Royce's financial problems, development of the TriStar continued and on November 17, 1970, Ship One (193A-1001) made the first flight with production RB.211-22 engines producing 42,000 pounds of thrust.
The L-1011-1 received FAA certification on April 14, 1972 and on April 26 the first revenue flight of the TriStar was made by Eastern Airlines. TWA followed Eastern and made their first TriStar flight on June 25, 1972 (LAX-STL-LAX).
The longer-range L-1011-200 was certificated on April 26, 1977 and was first flown by Saudia. The -200 is powered by the RB.211-524.
The L-1011-250, a conversion of -1 aircraft, that includes the RB.211-524B (50,000 lbs thrust) and greater fuel capacity entered service with Delta Air Lines in 1986.
The initial version of the inter-continental L-1011-500 entered service with British Airways on May 7, 1979. Pan Am introduced the extended wing and Active Control Surface L-1011-500 the following year.
Demand for the L-1011 did not meet market projections and Lockheed halted production of the TriStar in 1984. A total of 250 airplanes were built.
"For Us, Sky is not the limit.. Its Ground" / L-1011Alpha.
Mlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 9 Reply 20, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 810 times:
Copper1, nice analogy. I've gotta agree with you on the TS and 10 being classics never to be duplicated again. Thankfully, living in MKE, I enjoy coming home on the Sunday night service from MSP to MKE on a D10-40. Such a smooth-riding, powerful and exceptional aircraft. I've been the only person on this forum defending Northwest and their DC-10 fleet. Also in MKE, we get Sun Country's D10-15s, and Occasionally, ATA runs a MKE-RSW charter with their L1011s. My first experience in a tristar was at age 2 from NRT-HNL-SFO on Pan Am. Second, at age 8 from SAN-HNL, and most recently 4 years ago from ORD-SNN-ORD. Great, smooth flights. I get to enjoy the -10 on a weekly basis, but I never tire of it
Long live the king and queen of the skies!
Lets not forget his majesty the 747
I mean, for the right price I’ll fight a lion. - Mike Tyson
L-1011Alpha From Puerto Rico, joined Feb 2000, 331 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 801 times:
HERES'S A L-1011 INCIDENT
Landing at Leeds/Bradford on May 27th 1985. The aircraft landed long and fast on an already marginal (7400 ft) & wet runway 14 and overran. 1102 came to rest at the end of a steep embankment. The nose gear strut was broken off.
The only thing I know about this accident is what I read above and what I can see in the picture. Why are the thrust reversers stowed?
Additional Information:AW&ST Oct 12,1987 page 52 -- Article concerning the British Airways runway overrun accident pictured in the Not So Great Moments page. Possible problems concerning braking certification by British Civil Aviation authorities.
Additional Unofficial Information:
1) The runway is crowned with the middle being significantly higher than the ends.
2) The airport and runway in question was being transitioned from VAPI to PAPI approach lighting system. There was apparently some confusion on the pilot of the accident aircraft and the technicians that installed the lighting system.
3) The lighting system was installed incorrectly. They were supposed to compensate for the crown.
THATS ONE OF VARIOUS OF THE L-1011 INCIDENTS....
LONG LIVE TRISTAR!!!!!
"For Us, Sky is not the limit.. Its Ground" / L-1011Alpha.