RoseFlyer excellent thread on the L-1011 at 35 got me to thinking...
What if Lockheed was still in the commercial airliner business? Some of my thoughts though they may be way off course:
- Of course, there would be like a 4th. Or 5th. Generation L-1011 probably with engines from another vendor. And, the latest version would expand on the originals lower level concept (galley) and have of course food and beverage facilities, seating, crew rest, showers, and whatever else you can imagine for a jumbo uber bird. Of course to go head on with the 380 and the
- HSCT would be closer to reality than with no Lockheed (commercial aviation)
- Of course Lockheed would come out with the obligatory twin engine 120
seater to go mano omato with the A-320 and venerable 727.
- An intermediate sized plane to compete with the 757.
- Depending on market needs, Lockheed may have developed a wide body
I first read about the UDF concept being developed by Lockheed. I can't cite the source but I explicit remember:
"This airliner could efficiently fly the busy New York-Miami route in the same 2 to 2.5 hour time frame as a conventional jet with a miniscule amount of added noise.