On the other hand, the 1-11 got a lot of foriegn orders unlike the Trident and VC10. American, Braniff and Mohawk operated them, as did many other major carriers around the world. The planes also had a long service life, unlike the Trident which were usually WFU within ten years.
Photo © Steve Williams
The 1-11 also had an interesting afterlife, as production was moved to Romania in 1982. Production there must have been difficult, because they only built nine planes in seven years! After production ended, Romania tried to update the plane with RR Tay engines and call it the AirStar 2600, but no orders and thus no production. Here is one of the Romanian built ROMBAC 1-11s:
Photo © Fred Seggie
Considering its history, do you consider the 1-11 a success or a failure?