g500 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 1033 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 24690 times:
For the most part pilots like the airplane we fly...
There are several airplanes out-there that seem to get the most compliments/praise from pilots. its understandable why pilots like airplanes like the 757, 747-400, and Gulfstream-V... Those are good looking machines that can do the job
The one airplane that I find surprising is the L1011. I've heard several good things about it from pilots that used to fly it..
What was so special about the L1011? Why was it a "pilots airplane"
westindian425 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1024 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 24378 times:
The L-1011 Tristar (my favorite airplane of all time, so take it with a grain of salt... ) is a pilot favorite for it's speed, ease of handling (cockpit ergonomics, including more room than most other widebodies today, innovative technology that led to many of the current automations today, etc.), relatively quiet, and appealing exterior. Many also loved the lower galley accessible by elevator.
God did not create aircraft pilots to be on the ground
BoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 3258 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23953 times:
Quoting westindian425 (Reply 8): Quoting travelavnut (Reply 7):
Wouldn't that make it able to go vertical?!
LOL! I think you're right, although the F15 needs a bit of a running start in order to go vertical, and I do believe it's thrust-to-weight ratio is at or near 2:1.
He said weight to thrust, not thrust to weight. Another very useful thread a few years ago showed the power to weight ratios of all the various airplane models. Go look for it.
I'd always heard the L1011 was a solid airplane too. Apparently Boeing took one apart and said it was the best built airplane they'd ever seen. Like the 717, it was killed by economic and business factors that don't reflect the airplane's capabilities.
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 23183 times:
Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 3): It was powerful too. I believe it had a 2:1 weight to thrust ratio.
IIRC, this saved a flight crew's bacon once. An L-1011 was stranded down in MEX, in need of an engine change. The decision was made to do a two engine ferry back to the 'states. Well, as luck would have it, they had a second engine failure on climbout from MEX, and were able to around on one engine and safely land the bird
Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26021 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 22811 times:
Quoting N766UA (Reply 11): Don't forget it had enormous windows! The view from the front of an L10 is unmatched.
I don't think the L-1011 cockpit windows are much larger than those on the DC-10 and MD-11
Unfortunately the L-1011's passenger windows are notably small compared to the very large windows on the DC-10/MD-11. Also smaller than 747 windows. I also found the L-1011 windows located slightly too high on the fuselage compared to other widebodies.
keuleatr72 From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 22636 times:
One of my former Flight Instructor was a retired LTU-Pilot. During his career he flew the Fokker 28, the L-1011, the 767 and ended up on the MD11. His favorite plane was and still is the Tristar. When he starts walking down memory lane, he always tells stories about his time on the 1011. Not once did he tell me something about the others planes he flew.
Although the Tristar was retired many, many moons ago and LTU is an airline of the past, he still comes up with new stuff about his 1011. And it never gets boring - never.