L-1011 With 4 Engines?

Thu Aug 19, 1999 8:02 am

While standing in line at the grocery store a few weeks ago, I was looking through "The World Weekly News" It has fake stories and unrealistic things that supposidly happened around the world. One was about a guy that was drunk or something and opened the airplane door and jumped out. Unbelievable I know. Anyways to the question. The article showed a L-1011 landing but it had 4 engines, the rear engine and the two wing engines. However, under one wing there was a "fourth" engine. So if you can picture it in your head, it had 2 engines under one wing (close together), one engine on the other wing and the rear engine. Is this a fictional plane, or is it real? If it is real, does have a picture of it? Thanx for your help
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RE: L-1011 With 4 Engines?

Thu Aug 19, 1999 8:13 am

Chances are that it --is-- real. The airlines do this (strap an extra engine's less common now) to deliver the extra engine to a plane that needs a new one, whether it be domestically or internationally.

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RE: L-1011 With 4 Engines?

Thu Aug 19, 1999 8:16 am

The L1011 was probably ferrying an engine to another L1011 in need.
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RE: L-1011 With 4 Engines?

Thu Aug 19, 1999 9:10 am

Here is a 747 with a fifth engine attached for transport.

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I knew this pratice was common on the 747, but I've never heard of it on an L-1011. Did the engine in the photo you saw look like it was attached like this one?
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RE: L-1011 With 4 Engines?

Thu Aug 19, 1999 10:18 am

I have seen this. A few years ago BWIA International needed to ferry a RB511 to RR in England so they attached the engine (just as in the picture of the 747 in the previous message) on one of their scheduled flights to LHR

RE: L-1011 With 4 Engines?

Fri Aug 20, 1999 3:35 am

Yes, in the photo the pic showed the engine attached like the one on the 747. Thanx for the help!

Silliest Thing I've Ever Seen

Fri Aug 20, 1999 3:51 am

Are you guys for real? How would they just quickly mount another engine to a plan like L-1011 or B747? Do they hook it on with a cargo strap or super glue?

I would like to think that the structural integrity of the aircraft would be compromised by 2000 pounds hooked to it, not producing any power. Or do they add an extra wiring kit and fuel line?

Wouldn't it be easier to put it on a cargo flight to the same destination?
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RE: Silliest Thing I've Ever Seen

Fri Aug 20, 1999 4:04 am

A cargo flight only for this purpose would be much more expensive than this way, that would be silliest.

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Fri Aug 20, 1999 4:31 am

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Sorry I didn't use this one earlier, but I didn't even think to look for it...duh! OK, now I know this happens with 747s and L-1011s--do any other aircraft do this?

Regarding FRA_to_usas questions, of course it doesn't threaten the structural integrity--it's designed to do this! It does, however, add drag so there would be a performance penalty (then again, any cargo would affect performance). Also, why would an airline want to pay someone else to ship it? That would take time and great expense--it would be much quicker and cost-effective to transport it along with the rest of the cargo on their own revenue flight. I've seen aircraft sit for days at a remote location after some mishap waiting for a new engine to arrive by truck--what a waste! Also, I know on the 747, they mount devices on the spare engine to reduce drag, since it is inoperative.
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RE: L-1011 With 4 Engines?

Fri Aug 20, 1999 4:34 am

The 747 and L1011 were designed to have this capability (The DC-10 was not).There is a mount in the wing for this very purpose. On at least two occasions I saw a CO 747 transport an engine in this manner.
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RE: L-1011 With 4 Engines?

Tue Aug 24, 1999 9:45 am

The fourth engine is a spare"pod" it is used to move engines from one place to another. That engine does not produce thrust, no fuel or other hook ups other than the two mounts. DC10's and 747's also have the same pod .

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