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My Experience On The Last L1011  
User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

First off, remember how a few weeks ago when someone asked if we had ever flown with the same flight attendant more than once? Well one of the flight attendants on the last L1011 was my flight attendant on a Delta L1011 two years ago. She was formerly with Pan Am. In the airport in Orlando, the jetway had a balloon arch over it and people were taking photographs like crazy. News reporters were all around. I had the pleasure of meeting several airliners.net people on MCO. Somehow we all manged to find each other. In the air, we were offered champagne and one of the Vice Presidents made a toast over the PA to 28 years of L1011 service at Delta. I also had the pleasure of sitting beside one of the big investors of Gemini Jets. We landed in ATL, had the water gun salute, and taxied to the gate. Robert Bradley (L1011) and I both went to the lower galley before exiting the plane. As we came out of the jetway, we were presented with a commemorrative certificate, signed by the Captain, and a farewell poster. It was sure great meeting everyone.

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User currently offlineWhistler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

Sounds like lots of fun. Did the flight seem full of aviation enthusiasts?? I wonder if there were actually any real Pax Big grin.

User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

In my opinion, one out of five of the passengers were not aware of the fact that the plane was on its last trip. The rest were fully aware of it.

User currently offlineL-1011-500 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 368 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

Sad day, as this plane is by far my fave plane and always has been. One small thing however...this was not the last L-1011...it was the last Delta L-1011...the last American L-1011 flight will be in the hands of ATA, and it will likely come in 3-5 years. THAT will be a sad day.  Crying

User currently offlineStrickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2157 times:

There are still U.S.-based L-1011's left? Well, this makes my day... I'll have to be on the last ATA one. By the way, not to change the subject, but what major U.S. airlines still have DC-10's, and when's the last one? Hopefully I'll be able to get on that one also...

-Jeffrey Stricker


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

It was great meeting you Cody, what happened when we all got off though? Oh well, it was fun. I missed my 777 flight after all!

User currently offlineMark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Said it before but heck, why not again, what a nice plane the 1011 was, and still is.

User currently offlineL-1011-500 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 368 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

Strickerje:

Northwest, Continental, Ryan International (aka SunTrips), and Hawaiian Airlines are the only airlines still using DC-10s for pax service. Of course, Emery Worldwide, Gemini Air Cargo, and FedEx still use them for cargo as well.


User currently offlineStrickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

Thanks. I take it that United and American have already retired theirs.  Sad

User currently offlineN757AT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

Omni Air International flies the DC-10 for military charters. I flew on N540AX on June 4 from Baltimore to Kuwait via Rhein Main Germany. Anyone know what World has done with it's DC-10s? They had the last DC-10 built in its fleet.

User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2041 times:

The last DC10 built was originally delivered to Nigeria Airways

User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3877 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

AA retired their last DC-10 on November 28th. It operated flight 8 from Honolulu to DFW.

User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1684 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1962 times:
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Rather than reposting, see my experience under the post "Who Went On The Last DL L1011?"
It was really nice meeting you, Cody, along with A330300, DL_Mech, Dash80, and the many others that were there.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlineHypermike From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1001 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

I don't see yesterday as a sad day. In fact, sort of like in death, we should celebrate that the L10 was able to fly for 28 years with an incredible safety and dispatch record.

The sad truth is that the plane was getting old and parts are becoming more scarce. This makes it expensive to operate, and its time for this, like all good things, to come to an end.


User currently offlineDasheighty From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 311 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

On Wednesday night I was reading a post from twa767 (I hope I got the name right) with regards to flight 1949. Until then I didn't even know that Delta was retiring the aircraft.

I'd like to take this moment to thank Dan for his insight and hard work in getting togeather a seat list and keeping us informed as to who what when and where. Most important Getting me through Atlanta Hartsdale to my flight to EWR.

So thank you Dan for your efforts for 1949.

Thomas Sczepkowski


User currently offlineScannerson From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1889 times:

I will be making a compolation of videos, pictures, & audio. If I can get you guys to send me the pictures and videos. Please email me at this special address I made deltaL1011@neolazernet.com with a list of all of the items you have that you would like on the site.

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