Tool From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1527 times:
FAREWELL TO THE L-1011. DL employees, retirees and guests will bid farewell to 28 years of L-1011 TriStar service when the last aircraft leaves the fleet July 31. Everyone is invited for one last look at DL’s final L-1011, ship 728, from 6-10 p.m. Tue., July 31, in Bay 10 at the TOC in Atlanta. This milestone in aviation history will be commemorated by allowing DL people to sign the aircraft exterior for a $1 donation to Habitat for Humanity.
Commemorative posters will be on sale for $5 dollars, benefiting the Delta Heritage Museum, and Flight Station will have a selection of historic L-1011 merchandise. Posters are also available at the museum offices between Hangar One and Hangar Two at the G.O., and will be on sale during the ceremony Tuesday night at the TOC. Rolls-Royce has commissioned an original oil painting that will be presented to DL that night.
Gate ceremonies also will take place in Orlando when the last L-1011 revenue flight, 1949, departs at 2:15 p.m. EDT, and at ATL when it arrives at 3:45 p.m. EDT. The aircraft will depart for desert storage in California at 10 a.m. EDT Wed., Aug. 1, carrying more than 200 DL employees who bid for the privilege in an auction to benefit United Way.
11:35 a.m., DL349 departs ATL
12:59 p.m., arrive MCO
1:30-2 p.m., local MCO celebration and commemoration at terminal
2:15 p.m., DL 1949 departs MCO
Champagne will be served during the commemoration flight with Delta passengers.
3:45 p.m., arrive at ATL, retirement washdown
4:15 p.m., gatehouse activities for retiring L-1011 Captain Randall L. Schmoyer
4:45 p.m.-6 p.m., aircraft cabin cleaning, tow to TOC
6 p.m.-10 p.m., Ship 728 (or 738) on display at TOC for Delta employees and retirees, Lockheed and Rolls Royce guests. For a one dollar donation to Habitat for Humanity, participants can sign the aircraft exterior.
10 a.m. EDT – Depart ATL for Victorville
12 p.m. PDT – Celebration in Victorville for Delta and Southern California Aviation Co.
Link to the L-10 "Retirement Home"
Delta operated a total of 70 L-1011 aircraft in 28 years, although the maximum in service at one time peaked at 56 in 1991. Delta is the only major airline to operate all four variants of the L-1011 – the L1011-1, the L-1011-200, the L-1011-250 and the L-1011-500. The aircraft were powered with Rolls-Royce RB-211-22 B and RB-211-524D engines. Seating configurations varied from 241 for the L-1011-500 to 302 for the L-1011-1.
The first Delta TriStar rolled off the assembly line in Palmdale, Calif., Sept. 7, 1973.
First delivered on Oct. 3, 1973, Delta’s original L-1011s went into revenue service Nov. 15, 1973 with 39 passengers from Atlanta to Philadelphia (ship 702).
Two TWA L-1011s were leased temporarily in October 1977 to supplement Delta’s fleet of 21 TriStars.
The aircraft flew its first transoceanic Delta flight, Atlanta-London Gatwick, on April 30, 1978.
An L-1011 inaugurated Delta’s first transpacific service, Atlanta-Portland-Tokyo, on March 2, 1987.
Other notable inaugurals flown by Delta L-1011s include:
DFW-Honolulu, Dec. 14, 1984
Atlanta-Honolulu, June 1, 1985
Portland-Seoul, Dec. 15, 1987
Portland-Teipei, July 1, 1988
Portland-Bangkok, Dec. 15, 1989
The last new L-1011 was delivered to Delta in May, 1983 (Ship 741).
Ship 726 was lost in a weather related accident Aug. 2, 1985 at DFW.
In addition to new aircraft, Delta acquired L-1011s from Pan Am, United and Eastern from 1984-1991.
Delta’s last transoceanic L-1011 flight was Nov. 30, 1998, Vienna to Atlanta.
Delta’s last Hawaii service with L-1011s was March 31, 2001.
Delta flew L-1011s to a total of 79 domestic and international cities.
Delta’s last L-1011 scheduled commercial flight was flight 1949, Orlando-Atlanta, July 31, 2001
MCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1325 times:
On the local Orlando news, they mentioned that the Captain is from Leesburg, FL (about an hour north of Orlando,) and that he has flown the L1011 for more than 20 years. It is also his last flight before retiring.
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7483 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1284 times:
Kind of reminds me of UA's DC-10 countdown. I would love to get one of those posters,too! I was wondering when DL stopped European flights. I flew CVG-ZRH on a DL1011 July '95. I can still see them lined up going to London,Paris etc.
I took pictures of N737D at FLL last month,it was retired earlier this month. I sent it in,but BIG SURPRISE!,they didn't take it. So,if you want a look at it go to planepictures.net .
I hope to see some firetruck salute pic's in here,soon!
Ned Kelly From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1278 times:
Tool, thanks for the information, I was hoping someone was going to post all this info about DL TriStar's sooner or later.
I remember the 1st L10 transatlantic service to Gatwick which arrived on 1 May 1978, I had travelled about 50 miles that day just to see my 1st Delta L10. The flight was operated by #N81028. The photo below I took about 1 year later operating the same route.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1251 times:
As a college student in wintry Boston, those early morning Delta L-1011s just waking up around sunrise meant one thing....party! They'd fire up those smoky engines and off we'd go, riding them south to FLL for Christmas vacation or Spring Break....what a thrill it was to hop aboard with temps in the teens, climb into the heavens and excitedly change into shorts and tshirts in the lav in anticipation of the warm South Florida sunshine.
A hard working airplane with decades of fine service as proof. The runways of South Florida will never look the same....
Delta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1190 times:
I am sad to see the L-1011 retire. I have flown many Delta L-1011's across the US and across the pond. Even a TWA from TLV to JFK via CDG.
My first flight on an L-1011 was in the early 70's, on Air Canada. I lived in Vancouver at the time, and got on the L10 quite by accident. I missed my 19:00 CP nonstop from YUL and YVR and managed to get on a 1-stop AC flight leaving around 19:35. To my surprise, it was an L-1011, almost empty. Route was YUL-YYC-YVR. Great view over the Rockies (it was mid-summer).
Excellent post, Tool, I wish I could be in ATL for the festivities.
Wait a minute! I will be in ATL on Tuesday!!! Arriving from SAN on DL276 at 22:33, leaving on DL 4525 at 23:30 ... I guess that's too late, huh?
Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1162 times:
Farewell indeed. What an aircraft. I had one of my best flights on a DL L-1011. I was just a kid but the memories are still in my heart. The thrust of the powerful Rolls engines, the smooth and quiet ride, and my first contact with inflight entertainment. (headphones) Sad to see her go.
A question: does anyone know if there has ever been an L-1011 that has crashed due to a mechanical failure? The only on I can think of was the TWA aborted takeoff incident at JFK. Not a crash I know, but that just popped in my head.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6213 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1127 times:
Long live the L-1011. It was a great plane to fly in and it was extremely smooth and comfortable. I remember the awsome site of 2 Delta L-1011's side by side at SJU's Terminal B. You will be missed L-1011. By the way I saw you're pic United_Fan and it was a great picture.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1103 times:
My very first airplane flight was on a Delta L1011 from ATL to SLC back in November of 1990. I had the entire middle row to myself and enjoyed every minute of it (except for when we took off!! I was a little bit nervous). I just wish I could have flown on one once more before they retired them.
Tool From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1052 times:
Tomorrow will be a very sad day for us Delta personnel. I will be attending all the festivities tomorrow afternoon. I will shoot as many pics as possible. Is anyone for a.net planning to attend. If so shoot me an e-mail. SilentBobb77@aol.com.