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L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:08 pm

I noticed that Delta did not scrap their L1011s and they are being stored in flight condition i think. Wil they ever pull them out when and if they get more money?

ATA had some major checks done on their L1011s, is this their last year or is the service going to be prolonged?

What are you rthoughts and feelings towards the L1011? do you want them back did you like them? do you dislike them( if so why)

Is there any way to fly on one without joining the military?

thanks for your time and any answeres to my many questions

--COAMiG29--(May the L1011 live on)
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:11 pm

A 1011 nut here, I really hope Ata keeps em flying, my fav. airplane..  thumbsup 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:25 pm

if you have any expirences or stories you want to tell feel free
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:29 pm

It's sad to see such a beautiful airplane being removed from airline fleets. I think ATA is keeping a few around for military charters and occasional peak season Hawaii flights, but don't count on seeing any flying for Delta again.  Sad
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:30 pm

what is delta doing with theirs, they arent being scrapped i know that
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:33 pm

A graceful airplane... a delight to fly on as a passenger.

Loved those landings, too!
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:35 pm

Quoting COAMiG29 (Reply 4):
what is delta doing with theirs, they arent being scrapped i know that

I've seen some of the Delta L1011s show up in pictures operating Hajj charters.
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:38 pm

I believe one was used as a prop for the TV show "Lost."
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:46 pm

what is delta doing with theirs, they arent being scrapped i know that

Sorry to say a few have been scrapped...and that trend will continue

I noticed that Delta did not scrap their L1011s and they are being stored in flight condition i think. Wil they ever pull them out when and if they get more money?

You'll never again see Delta fly the L-1011 again. It's a plane well beyond its time. Shoot, the road Delta is headed down, you may not see Delta fly anymore if things don't change for them.
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:56 pm

I know delta is in financial trouble i was questioning if they would fly it once they get money if that happens. well i guess you're correct delta won't fly it.

I only heard of one being scrapped for the show lost(why dident they use a plane that had already been crashed did they really need a whole L1011?) couuldent they use an old 727 or some cargo plane out there? what others have been scrapped? i know 728 was donated to the flying hospatal but thats all.
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:17 pm

Among others, I think 724 has been scrapped. I can't say that bothers me as I spent a fair amount of time in the center tank, and never felt I actually fixed the leaks. I also spent a frustrating evening trying to change #2 engine, where a -22B had come off, and a -524 was to be installed. It wouldn't fit until we changed the "S" duct adapter.

On the other hand, the L10 was an airplane ahead of it's time. It was beautiful and cool, and it's too bad they are going away. I would have liked to have flown as an FE on one. Oh well, life is short.
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 2:41 pm

I have flown on the L-1011 8 times. Below is a summary of all my L-1011 flights and a very special tribute to the L-1011's last flight, and everyone that made it possibly.

Delta Air Lines
L-1011-100
11-25-1985
Flt# N/A
MCO-ATL

No report due to me being slight over 1 year old at the time, however my parents said that I slept the whole flight . This was my first flight ever!
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Delta Air Lines
L-1011-100
7-28-1997
Flt# N/A
LAX-HNL

At last after waiting 12 years to get on another L-1011 (or one that I can remember) I was very excited. Out Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300 flight arrived into LAX right on-time and I usually love having layovers, but this one I wanted to go by fast so I could get on the L-1011. As I boarded the aircraft I was taken by storm by the huge spacious cabin of the L-1011. I finally made my way near the rear of the aircraft where the seating goes to 2-4-2 due to the curve of the tail. I had flown on 767's before, but nothing compared to this great aircraft. As we taxied at LAX we passed by several Delta heavies, a bunch of AA aircraft as well as UAL, some Int'l traffic and a TWA L-1011 We took off westbound and observed a nice view of the Los Angeles skyline as we climbed over the Pacific Ocean. Our In-Flight movie was "Volcano", I thought it was kind or ironic with Volcano being filmed in L.A. (Where we took off from), and our destination being Hawaii which still has 1 active volcano on the big island. The In-Flight meal was very tasty, however I am unable to remember exacly what it was. After lunch and the movie was over I watched the flight tracker and tuned into the radio to see what was going on. It was a very enjoyable flight for me, one that I will never forget. This L-1011 had pink paneling w/ small designs on it that made it look very nice!
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Delta Air Lines
L-1011-100
8-3-1997
Flt# 1777
OGG-HNL

As many of you know, this flight is about 25 minutes long. I was seated near the rear of the aircraft as we took off from OGG. It was a very enjoyable flight and the scenery was awesome! This particular L-1011 was the cleanest and newest L-1011 I have ever been on!
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Delta Air Lines
L-1011-100
8-3-1997/8-4-1997
Flt# 54
HNL-ATL

My longest flight to date. We were seated about 3/4 of the way through the cabin as we took off around 4:10 PM HNL time and were scheduled to arrive ATL at 6:30ish AM. The weather was perfect under HNL sun as we took off. We passed just north of Molakia(sp) and Lanai as we approached 36,000 ft. I remember looking outside my window and watching the sun get smaller and smaller, it was a very beautiful sight! The F/A's came around and served dinner, which consisted of lasagna, a salad, and a couple pieces of desert cake. I am unable to remember the In-Flight movie, but I tuned in to Delta radio and listened for awhile. About midway through the flight I took a trip to the lavatory, then talked to the flight attendants for about an hour. They were very nice to me and was impressed at my aviation knowledge as such a young age (12). We started our descent over Birmingham, Alabama as I could see some lightning from the clouds we were coming through. As we got closer to Atlanta the skies became clear and we landed in the darkness around 6:25 AM. This aircraft was unique inside due it having a dark grey and red paneling, I have never been on a Delta L-1011 that has been like this.
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Delta Air Lines
L-1011-100
8-4-1997
Flt# 1777
ATL-MCO

I was seated near the middle of the aircraft as my vacation was coming to an end, but what better way to end it than on an L-1011. This flight went by very quick but still enjoyable. This aircraft had wood paneling in First Class, however in coach it had white paneling inside.

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Delta Air Lines
L-1011-100
05-30-1999
Flt# n/a
MCO-ATL

We were seated in row 13 as our flight was delayed about 1 hour due to mechanical problems (My only L-1011 delay). We took off from MCO at about 9:30 PM and arrived in ATL at about 10:45 AM. This flight was very enjoyable, I had not been home to Atlanta in and a year and a half. Weather was perfect as we touched down into the worlds best city. This aircraft was an older model having a dark blue interior w/ a checkerboard design, however it was still nice!

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Delta Air Lines
L-1011-100
11-03-1999
Flt# n/a
MCO-ATL

This was a very enjoyable L-1011 flight. Sadly, I thought this was going to be my last L-1011 flight. We took off from MCO at about 10:05 AM and arrived in ATL about 11:25 AM under perfect skies. After the flight I took several photos of the interior and had a blast! This aircraft had blue paneling that made it look very nice inside!

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Delta Air Lines
L-1011-100
7-31-2001
Flt# n/a
MCO-ATL
N728DA

This week was the best week in my life. Earlier in the week I had gotten up at about 3:00 AM to drive to FLL to catch a BahamasAir flight to Nassau to attend my fathers wedding. On July 30th, I returned to FLL on BahamasAir and waited for my grandma and my aunt to arrive FLL around 11:30 PM. My BahamasAir flight got into FLL about 5:00 PM so I did some spotting and called ILUV767 on my cell phone as he was in Daytona Beach attending an ERAU summer program (Maybee ScottysAir was lurking around somewhere at FLL) Their will be a trip report coming soon about the Bahamas trip. My affiliates finally got in around 11:30 PM so we left FLL shortly after that and with the speed of my Camaro we got back into Highlands County at 1:45 AM. I did a few things around the house, then talked to former airliners.net user scannerson as I borrowed a cam-quarter from him. I slept for about 1 hour, then got up at 3:30 AM, showered and got dressed. It took me about 1 hour to get to MCO. What a week and it wasn't over yet.

On this day I was flying to ATL for the retirement party of Delta's last L-1011. This flight was the 3rd to last L-1011 flight that Delta had. Fl# 1949 was the final L-1011 flight later that day from MCO-ATL. I met former airliners.net user Tom Schepekowski from New Jersey at the gate and chatted with him for about 30 minutes before I boarded my final L-1011 flight. The weather was extremely poor in Orlando as it was drizzling rain, fog, and low ceiling. I had checked the weather channel at MCO and it indicated a cold front was moving across Southern Georgia and into Florida. I was seated in a bulkhead window seat beside a very nice guy of Indian descent. We chatted about the L-1011, flying, India, and a lot of other things. I have found Indian/Hindu people to be my favorite ethnic group of people. We talked to the F/A who was seated facing us about the L-1011 and other stuff. As we cruised over Southern Georgia, the dark clouds below us ended and blue clear skies emerged At this moment I felt like I was the closest to heaven I could get without actually being their. We had an excellent view of the Atlanta skyline as we touched down around 8:30 AM. After the flight I shook Rahim's hand and told him it was nice flying w/ him and he said the same to me. I waited until the whole aircraft had deplaned and I found one of the flight attendants and ask if I could snap some photos of the cockpit, and the cabin of the aircraft. She smiled and thought it was great as she took me up to the cockpit. As I was seated in the Captains chair one of the Captains indicated that their was a problem with the aircraft and would be delayed on the flight back to MCO. The joke going around ATL among the aviation enthusiasts after that was I jammed the aircraft systems to make sure I was the last person ever on a Delta L-1011 I hung out in the cockpit for about 15 more minutes, then started talking to the same F/A and another L-1011 Captain and both of them suggested I come to the lower galley to see what it is like! I was shocked, as I stepped into the narrow elevator and I shot down into the lower galley. It was quite a site! It made me love this aircraft ever more. As we went back up into the main cabin I noticed a young teenager in the cockpit, I reconized his face, it was Hank Nix (Delta777-XXX) I identified myself and shook his hand as we talked for awhile. I stepped off the aircraft and told him that I would catch up with him later. I stepped off the aircraft and met Flyer732, rm-11, and a Delta F/A named Perry. 1 week before all this happened, I had made a list in the Civil Aviation Forum about a gathering and coordinated it with a few members. We met several other enthusiasts around the gate area also. For the next few hours we did some spotting and hung out around ATL. After the delay of N728DA, The aircraft was fixed and a Delta Representative escorted Flyer732, rm-11, Perry and I back into the aircraft to take some photos and sign the aircraft. Special Thanks to Chuck from Delta Air Lines for taking us into the aircraft. We took some more photos, and signed the aircraft inside, and met R. Winston Whitlock, I would also like to thank him for all his help! We went back to the terminal so passengers could board to go to MCO. We hung around some more around ATL, then about 10 minutes before Fl# 1949 landed, we got into position beside gate T1 at The William B. Hartsfield Atlanta Int'l Airport to film and take photos of the final landing. Before landing we met (B747-437B) Sean Mendis and talked to him for awhile as Delta L-1011 ship #738 taxiied, then took off for Victorville. Finally, N728DA made its last passenger landing in ATL. Everybody snapped pics and I recorded the landing. As the aircraft got the water cannon salute and docked at the gate, we were escorted into the aircraft by Delta employees and the place was a zoo!!!!!! We met up with Dazed767 (Justin Cederholm), I met back up w/ Tom, and I also met DeltaSFO (Pat Burns) aboard the aircraft. I signed the aircraft many more times and took a ton of safety cards in the aft cabin! Sadly, we all had to leave the aircraft, so we deplaned. My last time inside an L-1011

We left the gate area and hung around until the aircraft pushed back to the Delta Air Lines Technical Operations Center for the party later that night. We had dinner at McDonalds, then headed to the Delta TOC. Our ID's were checked, and we were issued passes to the aircraft. Their was tons of people their signing the aircraft, and taking photos. I was lucky enough to get lifted into the #1 engine of the aircraft and have some photos made! It was quite an experience. The flying hospital L-1011 was also their. We must of signed the aircraft over 30 times as we were wanting our mark to be left. Sadly, Dazed767 and I had to catch our flight back to MCO

The L-1011 is a very special aircraft to me and many others. The size, layout, comfort, and technology is what attracted me to the aircraft. I will always miss the L-1011

Special thanks to the following that made this special day possible:

Delta Air Lines
Lockheed Martin Aircraft
The William B. Hartsfield Atlanta Int'l Airport
Orlando Int'l Airport
FAA
Rolls Royce

Also special thanks to the following members that I got to meet. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and hopefully we will meet again!

R. Winston Whitlock
Chuck
Flyer732 (Ryan Gaddis)
rm-11 (Riz Maher) Also special Thanks to Riz for letting me ride with him.
Perry
Dazed767 (Justin Cederholm)
DeltaSFO (Pat Burns)
B747-437B (Sean Mendis)
A330300 (Evan)
Delta777-XXX (Hank Nix)
Walter Wilson (A-Net Photographer)
Jay Robinson (A-Net Photographer)

Special Thanks to Delta Air Lines Captain Randy Schmoyer (sp) for flying this great aircraft, who retired along with the aircraft.

Thanks for everyone that made the L-1011 a very special aircraft. If I forgot any users I sincerely apoligize and let me know so I can post a follow up of this.

-Delta767300ER
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:03 pm

I'd really like to see one of the Delta L-1011's preserved at a proper air museum in widget colors. What are the chances one of them will wind up somewhere like Pima or at Boeing?
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:07 pm

My earliest experiences with the L-1011 was when I was a kid when my dad and I would go to the parking lot on Lindbergh Blvd. off the west side of STL and just watch. I remember those beautiful white with red stripes that TWA flew. I thought they were the best planes in the air, much better than the DC-10. More graceful and streamlined.

I had to wait until I was in my mid 20's before I got to fly on one though. Being in the military and having been stationed overseas I've had quite a few pleasurable experiences with ATA and the L-1011. Getting to England, back to the States, and back again a few times. Also down to Turkey once wasn't bad either. Never had a bad flight. On the flip side I was a private contractor paid by ATA to do the push backs from the RAF Mildenhall passenger terminal. $125 to push it back 200 yards. To be on the ground at engine start was the best. That deep rumble as the pilot put the spark into it, and the beautiful white smoke that always came out the tail pipe. God do I miss it.

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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:36 pm

Hi!

Lockheed L1011 Tristar was a great airliner at is time. TAP had 7 Dash 500's and people really enjoyed that airplane. The Tristar is beeing a victim of the new generation airplanes that can do what the Tristar used to do with a better economic performance. Another problem was the fact that Lockheed never wanted to have other engine options for the airplane and we know now that the RB211 was an incredible thirsty engine. Now with the price of the fuel raising up so fast the L1011 will have his days counted.
The design was fantastic, very elegant and I had the privilege to fly that airplane when I visited USA in 1989 with TWA. My flights were:

JFK/SJU
SJU/MIA
MIA/STL
STL/LAX
LAX/JFK
JFK/LIS

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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:59 pm

I've spent more time in an L-1011 fuel tank than I care to remember. It made me a lot of money though. So it's all good. They were great to fly on. Wish I could have had the opportunity to jumpseat on one. The view through those huge windows must have been great.

My most vivid memory though is shortly after I became taxi qualified on the aircraft we were in the run-up hole at ATL doing max power assurance checks.
The RB-211 was particularly susceptible to compressor stalling during static high power runs in cross winds. It was important to make sure the plane was pointed into the wind during such a run.

Well the wind was really swirling around the run-up hole that night. We were able to finish the checks on #1 and #2 which was a relief as #2 usually was the worst about stalling due to the S-duct feeding the air to it. During the run of #3 the wind starting coming from the left side of the AC and swirled around as it passed around the fuselage and entered the engine. You can always tell when an engine is going to stall it starts to burble, rumble, and load up when it's not happy with cleanliness of the airflow into it.

I was in the captains seat running the throttles, my Lead was in the FOs seat, and the inspector running the show was at the FEs position. We had a few guys on the ground by the nose gear to assist in marshalling with one on a headset to communicate with the cockpit.

The number 3 engine had quite a few hours, the exact amount of which I can't remember. It had a history of overtemping and would probably be changed soon. As we neared 97% N1 it started to rumble and load up. I was hesitant to go any further but the inspector said keep going. He was running the show so I slowly pushed it forward until......a brilliant orange flash lit up the area and the inside of the cockpit along with a huge KaBoom! I pulled the throttles back immediately while the inspector grabbed for my hands to initiate what I had already done on my own.

The guys on the ground had luckily been sitting down except for the guy on the headset who was knocked down by the force of the explosion. The engine had experienced a severe compressor stall and a huge ball of fire had exploded out the front of the engine.

The engine now back at idle was showing a little over 2 units of vibes. Way above normal but not to the point that it couldn't be fixed. We decided to try again but by 70% N1 the vibes shot through the roof. We shut down and pulled it back to the hangar. They boroscoped it and we pulled it off the wing that night and sent it to the shop. I'm not sure how but the inspector and the rest of us never got in trouble for it.

Just my little addition to the "Official" L-1011 thread.

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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:21 pm

My first flight on an L-1011 was LAX-SFO on TW; the plane had just come from LHR and because the plane was so large and luxurious I kept feeling like I was headed to England even though it was only an hour long flight.
The CX L-1011 from KAI to NRT was probably my favorite flight, I got to see a volcano erupting on one of the southern islands of Japan and the CX service was typically outstanding.
LTU service from SFO to DUS was a bit cramped but a glorious bird none-the-less. This flight amused me because someone had mistakenly put two different type of safety cards on the aircraft, one for the L-1011-500 and one for the regular L-1011. I thought about mentioning this to the FAA but only because I was bitter that they wouldn't let me visit the cockpit. I let it go.
Thankfully, thanks to DL, I did get the chance to visit an L-1011 cockpit a couple times, both on flights between ATL and MCO (once on the ground in MCO and once in ATL.) My last flight was DL1949 about a month before the last of the old birds were retired.
I am honored to have been able to ride such a great aircraft with such a variety of carriers from around the globe and I couldn't agree more that some of these aircraft should be preserved. Is it just me that gets depressed when I think of all the aircraft types I never got a chance to ride on or which I won't be able to ride on again?
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Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:19 pm

Note, I have been inside but not flown on an ATA L-1011. My brother, my friend Rob and I were spotting at MCO back in 2000. An ATA L-1011 from San Juan had just de-planed at MCO and I walked halfway into the jetway and asked one of the ATA employees if we could step inside and take a few pics. The guy had no problem with it but told us to wait in the jetway until a couple other pax got off. We waited, then he took us in and turned us over to the F/A's. The F/A's were totally awesome and told us we could stay for awhile since they had a long layover. We chatted and toured the A/C for about 30 mins. The Pilot noticed we were onboard and told us to come up to the cockpit. We sit in their for awhile talking and took tons of photos. The TriStar was in great condition, my brother was shocked when I told him how old the plane was.

I would like to Thank the American Trans Air (ATA) Flight Crew for letting us enjoy their beautiful aircraft  Smile

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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:24 pm

I remember being a little kid flying on one of those beasts from Sea-Atl being in the very middle of the middle row... too bad I didnt apreciate it like I would now... Beautiful aircraft though... I would love to see it in the new DL colours... were any of them ever painted in the new colours?
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:54 pm

Oh yeah, the L-1011. A magnificent three-holer, especially in the good old Widget-livery. Can't remember all my L-1011 flights, because I was still young when I (supposedly, depends on acurateness of parents  Wink ) had my first flights, but I do remember taking the L-1011 on international routings such as FRA-ATL-FRA, BRU-ATL-BRU, FRA-MCO/ATL-FRA, and on the domestic route of ATL-LAX-ATL (twice). Always a nice sound when the engines would spool up, a wide cabin, and rather much personal space. Nothing spectacular to the flights to write home about, other than a fuel spill once at FRA, and the sheer elegance of the lines of the L-1011.
Over the years, DL has operated a total of 78 different L-1011s, out of a total of 250 produced. Most of their former L-1011s are now sitting at VCV (some 17 IIRC), waiting either for the scraper's torch, or a second or third life with a new carrier, like Kampuchea, a role in a TV series like "Lost", or just sit there in the desert as a reminder of the glorious days when flying three-holers was not as cost-intense as it is today.
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:24 pm

My third flight was a TWA L-1011 from Denver to Newark. What a beautiful bird.

You can still fly L-1011's in Asia, on Orient Thai Airways.
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:38 pm

Nothing today beats the overhead roominess of the L1011. I truly miss them.

Flew at least a dozen roundtrips on the SFO-JFK TWA routes. Flew rt JFK-MAD on TWA L1011. I miss those planes and TWA so much. I doubt they'll ever be another plane like them again.

Besides ATA, does anyone know which airlines still fly the L1011 and on what routes?
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:39 pm

You can still fly them in Asia, not with Orient Thai anymore but with www.thaiskyairlines.com./main.html

They have 3 L1011's (one is a freighter). They have been quite active this month flying BKK-HKG-TPE, BKK-ICN and BKK-KUL.
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:59 am

Took an ATA L1011 to Saudi Arabia for my first "visit"in 2002. Flew Tinker TIK-Shannon-Aviano-Kuwait City-Prince Sultan AB. Then flew back to Europe on one from Prince Sultan to Larnaca to Crete to Frankfurt.

OK trip and friendly crew-though the first was moreso than the second. We also got to clean them when they hit the ramp at Prince Sultan. Since ATA had no ground crew we got paid $500 to clean the airplane inside. It was a squadron fundraiser type of thing.

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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:05 am

The only time I was on an L1011 was in August of 2000, ATL-LAX. I loved the 70's-esque interior, complete with sculped ceiling panels, orange trim in the rear lavs (five of them forming a cemi-circle at the rear of the cabin), and the beverage carts with the little orange and yellow drawings of fish, fruits, vegetables, loaves of bread, etc. on them.
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:54 am

Hi!

Forgot to mention that I also flew from AMS/LHR in a Gulf Air L1011-100, A40-TW. Besides that I saw some L1011's not only in LIS but around the world. LTU, PAN AM, ALIA, Gulf Air, TWA, Air Canada, Air Transat, TAP, BA, etc. etc.
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:56 am

I would love to see an L1011 in Southwest colors... Smile can anyone do up a picture of that??  bigthumbsup 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:00 am

Quoting Jet-lagged (Reply 20):
You can still fly L-1011's in Asia, on Orient Thai Airways.

The days of OX L10s are long gone.
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:12 am

I flew on one operated by TWA from Boston to Newark back in the early eighties. Normally it's a 40 minute trip but there were high winds in Newark so we stooged around the countryside burning fuel and trying to figure out what to do. There was some talk about going back to Boston. After about three waveoffs I was starting to get nervous. Then it was time for the money shot. We came in on a fine looking crab angle. I was on the left side and I could see the whole deal going on. We got the left main on the runway *Boom* ailerons reversed and slapped the right gear down, spoilers went out and as soon as the nose gear hit the pilot threw out all the anchors.
To a round of applause from the passengers who could appreciate a fine piece of airmanship....
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:13 am

Still some remaining in the WORLD:

-Euro Atlantic Airways
-ATA(American Trans Air)
-Hewa Bora Airways
-Saudi Arabian Royal Flight
-Thai Sky Airlines
-Luzair
-StarJet.com

And many more.....
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:57 am

With the Tritanic being my favorite aircraft, I have to add my little bit. I've had the opportunity to fly on DL's L10's to HNL(DFW-HNL, HNL-ATL) and also took an ATA L10 charter back from Prince Sultan AB in Saudi Arabia in 2000. I too was on the last Tristar flight out of MCO-ATL, DL 1949-End of an Era. I still have the boarding card framed with the posters they handed out. Although I was not on the employee-only ATL-VCV flight, I do have a video of the festivities onboard.

Some DL L10's have been broken up, one for the movie "Lost" and some have been sold to Third World operators, appropriately still in DL colors. LOL A good site any L10 or 727 fans might want to take a look at is this L-1011 site by a Delta flight attendant and her husband. It has lots on info on Delta, the L1011, the 727, their futures, and other fun things on it too. Lots of pictures from the air, the ground and photos that you will not find anywhere else. Feel free to let her know how much you like the site, as she loves the compliments that she recieves to know her work into it is not wasted.


www.L1011.homestead.com



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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:23 am

The most entertaining flight I've ever had was on an ATA L-1011, on my way back from one of my Saudi trips. Flew to Shannon ( and spent almost 4 hours in the bar with the rest of the intoxicated people  drunk  ), reboarded to find fresh alky stores loaded...swiftly emptied those too...even had the FAs laughing and dodging pillows in the aisles, until half the pax passed out...ended up in Bangor, where - you guessed it - the bar there was open too. 4 hours later, some of us had to be helped off of the plane - where we were greeted by lots of stripes, birdies, and stars...who offered us cans of beer  Big grin

Don't ask me what food was served during the flight - I don't remember  Wink

Excellent flight all around - wonderful flight crew who smiled the whole way. I wanted them on all my flights forever. Beautiful aircraft too!

Be well!
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:33 am

I flew on the L-1011 several times, the last being a Delta bird from HNL-LAX....I always had to chuckle at the "stethoscope" earphones for the IFE !!

HP used to wet lease them for their PHX-HNL/LAS-HNL flights from ATA, I believe. They also wet-leased NW DC-10's when they parked their 747's and still had the HNL routes...

My favorite A/C is the DC-10/MD-11, but the L10 was a magnificent three-holer from bygone days!!

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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:32 am

My first ever airplane flight was on an L-1011, in 1982 during the brief time British Airways operated out from New Orleans to Gatwick & return. [The flight went on to Mexico City from MSY]. I was spoiled from then on, and it has remained a favorite airliner of mine ever since.

My last L-1011 flight was only about a year later, from Boston to Montreal & return via Delta.

It's sad that it's time is ending, as it was a great ride and a very elegant airplane. Still, those still in operation are a testament to its longevity and durability.

Long Live The L-1011!!
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:05 am

I've been living here in Palmdale, the hometown for the L-1011 and I really take it as a honor to be living in the city that is home to where the Tristar along with various other aircraft were built. I just wish I was around to see all this at Site 10 in Plant 42:

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Quoting Lindy Field (Reply 12):
I'd really like to see one of the Delta L-1011's preserved at a proper air museum in widget colors.

If there's one proper place I would like to see any L-1011 in is the Palmdale Plant 42 Heritage Airpark. The park itself is dedicated to the aircraft that were built, tested, modified, or produced in PMD. There's Tristars sitting around in nearby MHV and VCV, just within miles of their birthplace. I hope one of them finds their way back here to PMD...  Sad
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 7:17 am

Aww! Those wonderful planes! I had a good fortune of flying BW's N314OD around the Caribbean and to New York. She was so graceful and sturdy!


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Now they are all gone. "Sunjet St Lucia' had a nasty habit of breaking down as soon as she touched down at UVF. Spent many long nights with her while the techs tried to fix her.

Awww, the memories!
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 7:46 am

Thanks for all the stories, anyone know if you can board the 1011s at vcv?

where can i go go fly on a 1011?
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 8:00 am

I flew this baby in 1997 from LGW-PFO-LGW.


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I was a little apprehensive and concerned about flying Caledonian's Tristars back then. I knew little about the aircraft and Caledonian were receiving a lot of bad press in the UK about the reliability of their aircrafts and how a number of them that summer had made unscheduled stops or emergency landings due to the problems with their Tristars and the airline was renowned at that time for having aweful punctuality and long delays in the UK charter industry (with the L-1101 being their main culprit).

I was sat in the forward cabin with an all Y charter config. I was amazed at the time when entering the aircraft how spacious it was and how comfy the seats were for a charter flight.

For some reason they had no overhead lockers/storages going down the middle of the aircraft and was purely down each side of the aircrafts by the windows. This made storing hand baggage a little difficult for an aircraft configged to hold nearly 400 pax.

IFE was on the cinema screen at the front of each cabin, I loved this and made such a difference from watching IFE on the TV's that go down the centre of the 757's. But viewing was a little difficult as the projectors were not very bright and with the sun shining through the cabin ruined the experience.

The performance of the aircraft was excellent and loved the roar it mad as they revved that baby up for take off with a full load and 4.5hrs flying time ahead of us. We took off on Gatwick's westerly runway and needed to turn easterly to head to Cyprus and it was one of the tightest and steepest turning circles I have done, all while climbing to 38,000ft. The views of London were supurb as we turned.

My favourite is the aircraft I was on, was a real rattler and how everything moved. As you accelerate down the runway over the concrete slabs you feel every bump and boom. The wings shake and the overhead lockers are all rattling about, if you hit a bit of turbulence they look like they are gonna collapse on top of you!

PFO is the tiny little airport (or it was back in 1997) and the runway I think is very short, they slammed her down good and hard upon landing and gave it everything to stop! The little terminal building could barely cope when we all arrived.

What a great experience and changed my view of the L-1101!
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 8:47 am

My dad flies the L-1011 for ATA and I have had quite a few experiences with the L-1011. Ive flown on and toured around the airplane and even dumped the lavs. and serviced the jet with potable water with the company I work for.

It's a cool airplane and is a badass sounding workhorse. Ive oiled all 3 engines been in all the bins, and ive been through the emergency hatch in the cockpit and best of all, ive been able to taxi an L-1011 with the supervision of an anonymous Captain in the F/O's seat. It really is a great airplane. Thats my addition to the L-1011 thread. Oh yeh, if ya'll didnt know theyre keeping a couple of L-10's for a little while, and one just returned from a C check in Cambridge.


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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:07 am

I flew on a couple DL L's in July '95 CVG-ZRH and back . I remember the removable movie screen and the movie was 'Outbreak'.
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:16 am

Only 250 TriStars were built. Quite a few have crashed and countless more already cut up. Never mind how many are still in service. How L-10's still EXIST?
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:22 am

I hope Delta brings the mighty L-1011 back into service, that would be
the shizznits!!! Big grin
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:28 am

Ah.. Memories.
My first flight on a tri-star was in August 1987. It was my first lads holiday and was with 'British Airtours' LGW-Rimini-LGW. The other guy's with me had not flown at all before. All I can remember is that the plane seemed absolutely massive compared to the 707's and 737's I had been on before. We had a mad holiday but I looked forward to the return journey. I can remember back at Rimini airport coming home our Tri-star was parked next to 2 BAC1-11's which most of our new friends were on. Needless to say, they were all very jealous....
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 10:14 am

Quoting C5onknees (Reply 38):
if ya'll didnt know theyre keeping a couple of L-10's for a little while, and one just returned from a C check in Cambridge

thanks so much for that

how long is a little while? (acording to ATA)

where will they be flying to and from
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 10:32 am

Being lucky enough to live in STL and had access to TWA travel passes I enjoyed several L-1011 flights.

My very first was when I was a kid growing up in Peoria, Illinois. We flew Ozark to ORD and TWA to LAS and back on the same L-1011. (I was into reg #'s as a kid, now not so much). I won a giant stuffed walrus at Circus Circus and it wouldn't fit in the overhead, but there were some seats open in First, so the FA let me move up there, me and my walrus in two big seats. Right On!

Some other less memorable TWA flights: STL-BOS, STL-SFO.

Flew Delta ORD-MCO in the 70's, can't remember what year. It may have stopped in ATL, don't remember.

Loved that plane.
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:19 am

I just flew the Thai Sky L1011 to Bangkok.It is a very nice trip.The crews are friendly and also are Tristar lovers.If u have Airlines Pilot/Dispatcher license.U can even ask for jumpseat inflight.
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:46 am

Funny story from the TV series "The West Wing" about L1011's. Don't know if anyone is familiar with the show, but in the pilot episode, when they are introducing all of the characters, one of them is on a plane, and he is talking on his cell phone, and the flight attendant asks him to turn it off as they are preparing for landing. To which the character (Toby Ziegler, who is a smartass) remarks (more or less):

"This is a Lockheed 1011 Eagle Series jumbo jet that came off the line in 1995, I seriously doubt my cell phone would interfere with the landing" or some snide remark like that. Keep in mind that the pilot episode is set in 1999, and The West Wing is set in a sort of "parallel universe" which closely follows our own, but with some differences.

So either this was a seriously inaccurate comment intended to sound smart (which wouldn't surprise me), the researchers/fact-checkers just made up something to sound smart from the information they had (hoping noone would notice), or that one of the writers was a L1011 fan and hoped that in the universe of the show, the L1011 sold well and they were still buildin' em.

Just thought I would share.

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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:52 am

I think like 2-5 years, but dont quote me. But something in that timeframe.. if they dont go under, which would suck. They usually just do charter work for the Air Force, and the occasional sports team charter. They currently have 5 L-1011s to my knowledge.
 
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:56 am

thanks alot
will they fly lax-cun again next year
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RE: L1011s The Official Thread

Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:05 pm

anyone know the history of this L1011? I beleive it was rented to delta but i would like to know more info about it. If anyone knows pleae let me know.

www.airliners.net/open.file/852511
If Continental had a hub at DFW with nonstop flights I would always fly them, unfortunantely good things take time.