Nice! I was working at BGR when they were filming this. It was fun trying to board flights and announce flight arrivals when the appearance of an empty and abandoned airport was the focus of the movie. Stephen King is a great guy, very friendly and would stay and chat with us when he came to purchase tickets on a regular basis. I never wanted to know what went through his head at night though. Him and his wife Tabitha do a lot for the city too.
According to the FAA N number database - that # was cancelled in Nov 2004 after the aircraft was exported to Greece.
The current N102CK is a T-BIRD II ultralight registered in the Dallas area.
It appears Kitty Hawk Aircargo tried to sell the aircraft/ sold the aircraft - but after arriving in Greece there was no money to keep the aircraft in operation. There are abandoned aircraft at airports all over the world, left there when the owners ran out of money to pay bills or keep the aircraft in flyable condition.
Back in 2009 on a thread on this forum, a fellow mentioned loading/ working on the Kitty Hawk L-1011s early in the 2000s, and said they were in bad shape - "really beat up"
Eventually the airport authority will take ownership of the aircraft for non-payment of fees and sell it for scrap.
mayor From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 20784 times:
Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 10): There are abandoned aircraft at airports all over the world, left there when the owners ran out of money to pay bills or keep the aircraft in flyable condition.
Back in the late 70s, when I was working for DL at ORD, I was also in the AF Reserve at ORD. Where I was at was one of the old, black F-86 alert hangars at the south end of the base (anyone remember them?). Parked, just outside our door was the "Naked City" Comet that, I believe, at one time, someone was going to try and restore. It looked pretty beat up and faded at that time. Anyone know what happened with it?
135mech From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 20688 times:
According to the photo's details:
"N102CK (cn 193N-1198) This BEAUTY started her life with British Airways, back in 1980 (G-BHBM). She was then leased by BA to Kuwait Airways in 1992. In 1994 she was sold by BA to American Int Airways where she was converted to a freighter, in 1999 she ended up at Kitty Hawk International and in 2005 Kitty Hawk ran out of money and left this stunning L-1011 abandoned in Kavala Airport, Greece since 2005. It's so sad to see this wonderful aircraft sitting on tarmac for over 7 years now. [Sony a55/18-55mm]"
According to that, it was flown there on a mission, and then they had no $$ to fly her back out.
Also, other forums mentioned about the L-1011's having airworthy issues mentioned here: The Flying Hospital-L1011 (by michiganatc Nov 4 2012 in Civil Aviation)?threadid=5603958&searchid=5606362&s=hospital#ID5606362
Do you classify "abandoned" as "still around"? If it ever flies again I will be very surprised; sooner or later it will be chopped up to get it out of the way. Jetliners do not tolerate being left untended in a warm, moist climate (which I am assuming it is) for 8 years with no effort whatsoever at preservation. At this point I'm sure it would cost far more to restore it to flyable condition than it is worth.
pilotanthony From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18498 times:
i took the photo, and im the one asking why it was flown there in the first place! I think the Greeks dont know what to do with it, its been there 8 years! should be sold for scraps but you know what the Greeks are like it could be there another 10 years!
9MMPQ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 17779 times:
Quoting xchox (Reply 15): I believe it could be airworthy to ferry status with a weeks work.
To put it optimistically, I think a week is a very optimistic estimate.
There have been threads around about returning aircraft from long term storage back to operations which all seemed to take a considerable amount of work even though those aircraft had preparation work done before going into storage. In this case she seems to have been sitting around in the state she was left in back in 2005 which probably makes things worse.
SEPilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 17332 times:
Quoting xchox (Reply 15): 3 videos of a walkarounds of that aircraft. I believe it could be airworthy to ferry status with a weeks work.
You can hardly tell the airworthiness of an airliner by an external walk-around. You can tell nothing about the engines (unless they are obviously unserviceable), the avionics, the control systems. or whether there is any significant structural corrosion. And before the plane flies, there has to be an economic justification for flying it; unfortunately, there is a reason hardly any L-1011's are still flying-they are not economically viable, as their fuel consumption is much higher than newer planes and all of them are getting quite old, making maintenance much more expensive. It doesn't help that Lockheed is out of the civil aircraft business; it means that they are not going to be all that supportive of operators, adding to the headache and cost of trying to keep one airborne.
135mech From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 15497 times:
Quoting dash500 (Reply 22): Las Vegas Sands' L-1011 was caught in Thailand floods in 2011 while parked at Don Muang airport. I think the aircraft never flew again due to the damage and was never repaired.