AerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2029 times:
This spring my marching band is going to go to Hawaii.
We're going to fly there on American Trans Air.
The plane is an L-1011.
I'm glad that I'm going to get a chance to fly on the L-1011 after all........
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
You will love it!!! I flew on one last year on Delta from MCO to ATL, it was my first flight on a wide body jet. You will not have to worry about safety as you would if you flew on a DC-10, the L-1011 has had an excellent safety record with no crashes due to a design flaw or mechanical failure.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1887 times:
Very well. You are indeed getting to ride on a classic airliner which gives a smooth, comfortable ride. I have flown on TriStars 6 times, 5 with BWIA and once with Eastern and I enjoyed all of those flights. BWee is considering selling off those 4 TriStar 500s soon - it is one of the last original TriStar owners still flying them.
Do enjoy your trip to Hawaii and tell us about it when you get back.
MAC_Veteran From Taiwan, joined Jun 1999, 726 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1886 times:
The L1011 is a favorite of mine.
It was an 'over designed' airplane in many ways, truly ahead of it's time. I last flew on one over 12 years ago and still remember how much I liked it.
I remember the economy class meal of Chicken Cordon Bleu as well (G). It was a TWA model from SFO-STL-EWR, I was returning from a TDY at Travis AFB, CA to McGuire AFB, NJ.
The L1011 has a very sturdy feel to it, which was comforting as I flew quite a lot on Lockheed's military airlifters, the C-5 and C-141 in particular..there seemed to be a similar sense of sturdiness and 'peace of mind' with the TriStar. The only thing I saw strange was the hot start with smoke belching out the back of the wing mounted engines. Very comfortable and roomy. Quite quiet once aloft. Have a fun trip on the ol' lady.
Astrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1871 times:
Congratulations AerLingus, you are gonna fly in a great airplane. I only made one flight on a Delta L-1011-500 from FRA to ATL in 1991.
Hey TEDSKI, I made 3 flights on Continental DC-10 and i´m still alive
AerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1840 times:
Not really a total vacation......gonna have to play in a marching competition, but I enjoy that too.
I will certainly write a detailed report on the flight, but not for another several months yet 'cause that's when the trip is.
I only know these details because our band director has to book way in advance to fly approx. 50 people on a popular springtime route for the 'right price.'
(Sorry, I'm a little giddy. This will be first time I will fly on a jumbo. )
AKDan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1795 times:
Sure, I prefer the L-1011 to the DC-10. BUT, I am not at all afraid to fly in a DC-10. I think the integrity of an aircraft is based on how well it is maintained. Just like a car! Furthermore, when talking about the comfort of an airliner, restrict it only to noise, ride, etc. All other things, seats, looks, smell, service, interior condition, is the fault of the airline, not the aircraft.
This is just a little aside. When comparing the safety of aircraft based on the number of crashes, you must consider the number of each type of aircraft built/flown. Therefore, don't go only by number because it tells you nothing. So, please give us percentages, you'll be much more credible.
Saluki777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1786 times:
Listen, I have flown the DC-10 so many times I can't even count, ranging from rides as short as ORD-EWR to ORD-HNL. Don't think about telling me that it is unsafe. The DC-10 is a very sturdy aircraft, too bad they are on the way out.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
The L-1011 has better engines (Rolls Royce RB211s), vs. the DC-10's (GE CF6s) which have been shedding parts lately. The L-1011 has a slat locking system that the DC-10 doesn't which is why AA 191 rolled over and crashed at O'Hare in May 1979 after an engine tore off it's wing during takeoff severing the hydraulic lines which caused the slats on that wing to retract. And also the L-1011 has it's 4 hydraulic lines in different sections of the aircraft vs. the 3 hydraulic lines in the DC-10 that are side by side which lead to the crash of United 232 when it's tail engine came apart in flight severing all 3 hydraulic lines in the tail section.
Greeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1780 times:
There are two ways to have the tallest building in town. One way is to tear all the others down. The other is to work on your own building.
L-1011s do not need to be complimented by tearing down DC-10s.
I'd just say that L-1011s are supurb airplanes that were adorned with engineering to the Nth degree. They are strong, moderately powerful and smooth to fly in. They can land (including flare) by themselves and are spacious interiorly.
MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8530 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1773 times:
As a proud member of my marching band, are you taking everyone in your band? We're a 5A school, with about 800 students, and this year our marching band is only 142 (last year it was 202). There's always the rumor that we're going to Hawaii, but it's never happened.
We went to Dallas (from northern Alabama) in 1979, chartering. two DC-9s for $12,000. Our bus charter there and in San Antonio last year was more than that. We took about 190 band members and easily 150 band parents. For about $300, you could fly, and my mother did, but rode on the bus and had a good time with my friends for 20 hours each way. Needless to say, we triumphed over 12 other bands, got to spend 4 days in San Antonio, and marched our half-time show in the pregame, in front of a crowd of roughly 40,000 people. If anyone saw the pregame to last year's Alamo Bowl, you saw us.