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Status Of The Flying Hospital

Sun Apr 04, 2004 12:33 pm

Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone had any information of the current status of P4-MED, The Flying Hospital? I've noticed that it has sat without activity at Tucson International since at least November 2001. Is it permanently stored, or do they plan to head out for some more humanitarian missions? I sure hope that famous L-1011 can get out and help those less fortunate.

-Trent
 
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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:26 pm

It sits to this day unused after 8 years. The aircraft has yet to serve the purpose for which it was modified though a friend tells me the "700 club" still raises money for it.

I could say, no I will say, the word scam regarding this. Still waiting for the lawsuit. Pat? Are you there? I thought not.
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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:34 pm

Is the ORBIS DC-10 still soldiering on????

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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:37 pm

The Orbis DC-10 is doing it's job well. Check the current issue of Air & Space for news.
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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:37 pm

Isn't there a 757 in Saudia markings that is also a flying hospital?
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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:39 pm

Hey Trent,

I found nothing to indicate this bird is grounded for good. It is still a serviceable bird as per a L-1011 website at flytristar.tripod.com, which is usually very well informed about Tristar developments.

But like you said, nothing shows it has flown recently, the most recent picture I found on the web was from March 19, 2004 and it shows the bird in Tucson with engine covers on number 1 and 3 engines, as well as the sun shield in the windshield... everything appears normal. Funny I didn't know s/n 1064 was an ex-Worldways Canada bird (first delivered to a company called Pacific Southwest, which I had never heard of)

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Steven

 
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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:41 pm

Greg,
Yes indeed, the Orbis DC-10 is still flying eye care missions to this day. I had the privelage of seeing it up close at Oshkosh in 2003. There is also a recent article in Flying Magazine about it. I expect it to be Orbis' choice of aircraft for at least another several years.

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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Sun Apr 04, 2004 2:03 pm

L-188, yes-Saudi Royal Flight has a 757 hospital of sorts, perhaps more of an air ambulance transporting royal family to best hospitals+doctors in world. Has been to IAD a couple times last year.
 
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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Sun Apr 04, 2004 2:08 pm

It's a shame to hear that about the Tristar. I remember reading a big article about it in Airways or Airliners (one of the two) a number of years ago.

They apparently chose that L1011 because it was built with the lower deck lounge for Pacific Southwest Airlines, and as such they could use that as the entry point in unusual locations.

Tristar2000, I can't believe you haven't heard of PSA!! I live in Australia and even *I* know what PSA was!

Cheers,

Trent.
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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Sun Apr 04, 2004 3:23 pm

ClassicLover,

What's so wrong with admitting you don't know something... *I* know it's hard for some people here but not for me...

In the case of PSA, you can blame my young age, not my geographic location.

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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:36 am

Thanks everyone for the info on P4-MED! It's interesting to know that that Tristar had a lower deck lounge. I always wondered what that extra port-side lower deck door was for. The picture below of the aircraft with Worldways first sparked my interest. However, I've been in the lower deck galley of L-1011s before, and the location of that door is right where all the ovens for the food usually are. Does anyone have any info on the galley configs of these particular Tristars? I believe there were two ex PSA aircraft that went on to AeroPeru, Worldways, and one eventually became the Flying Hospital.


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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Mon Apr 05, 2004 9:46 am

Is this the one y'all are talking about? Because if it is, it flew several missions in 1999, which is no more than five years ago!
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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:53 am

Sorry, no it didn't fly those in 1999. The aircraft pictured was an ATA L-1011 leased for publicity, with a full passenger interior.

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RE: Status Of The Flying Hospital

Mon Apr 05, 2004 12:37 pm

Tristar2000, I am not old either, I barely scrape into the age group thing that I am listed under - on the low end Big grin

Maybe it's because I heard of PSA years ago due to my interest in Air Disasters, that could be it!

Nothing wrong with not knowing something or admitting to it, I was just surprised you didn't know - no offense meant of course!!

Trent.
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