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Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:41 pm

Seeing how the L1011 was such a well built airliner, I wonder, if Lockheed Martin, decided that they wanted to go back into the airliner business, and chooses to go after the B787/A350 market, or better yet the 77W market, what could you see them doing?
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:39 am

If they built an airliner like they are building the F-35, expect it to be years late, overpriced and overweight.
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:02 am

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
Seeing how the L1011 was such a well built airliner

Well engineered, yes. Well manufactured, yes. But a market failure...so not something that they necessarily want to repeat.

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
if Lockheed Martin, decided that they wanted to go back into the airliner business, and chooses to go after the B787/A350 market, or better yet the 77W market, what could you see them doing?

If we discard the very difficult to answer question of "Why?"...I think the only thing they could do would be to attack the 737/757 area with a new design. They could beat Airbus/Boeing to the next all new type. But, in order to have enough advantage to overcome the pretty huge aversion many customers may have to a whole "new" OEM, it would have to be a major jump, which I think means a whole new configuration.

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Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:03 am

Having worked for Lockheed for over half my life, all of it (except for six weeks) on the commercial side, I can assure you there is no possibility of them getting back in the commercial market, in the foreseeable future. When the phase out of the L-1011 was announced in December 1981 (actually December 7th Peril Harbor Day, how fitting) the die was cast, Lockheed would be exclusively a military contractor in the future. And you can talk about the delays, cost overruns and cancelled contracts but over the last 30 years they have done that very well at it, after all they have been the #1 defence contractor for several years running.

Now could they design and produce a new modern airliner, if they choose to, sure they could. They have the engineering staff, they have the production staff and they have the facilities (the L-1011 assembly building along with the paint shop and flight test hangers are still in Palmdale) the only thing they lack is the one thing that stopped use from many different L-1011 projects that were proposed after the phase out. Without a guarantee of a profit the board just would not authorize anything!
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:37 am

As close to commercial manufacture you'll see is maybe being a subcontractor 737MAX Final Assembly /Delivery Center if Boeing needs more production lines
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:45 pm

If Lockheed was to design a modern airliner....it would be proof indeed of the existance of God.

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Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:28 pm

As long as this thread is just dreams and schemes, I hoped Lockheed would will the Navy patrol contract and restart the P-3 line. An updated P-3 program might have given us a low-CASM 100 pax short-medium haul civil spinoff.

Ah, well ... we can dream.
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:26 pm

Quoting MasseyBrown (Reply 7):
As long as this thread is just dreams and schemes, I hoped Lockheed would will the Navy patrol contract and restart the P-3 line.

The P-8 is so vastly more capable than the P-3 that I think this idea is even less likely than them re-entering the commercial world.

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Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:56 pm

Quoting MasseyBrown (Reply 7):
As long as this thread is just dreams and schemes, I hoped Lockheed would will the Navy patrol contract and restart the P-3 line. An updated P-3 program might have given us a low-CASM 100 pax short-medium haul civil spinoff.

Lockheed won the competition for the P-3 replacement, called the P-7, in 1988 but lost it in 1990 due to cost overruns. The Navy wanted a improved P-3. Lockheed was trying to sell the a complete new aircraft including a new fuselage, wings, engines, landing gear, etc.
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:13 pm

I think that if they wanted to enter the B748/A380 VLA market, they would retake the C-5 and make of it a civilian version, both in pax and cargo variants. But I don't think this will ever happen because they lost the contract in the 60s against Boeing for the design of a new large passenger aircraft, and even if they build a passenger C-5 they would have a hard time selling it to airlines. Did Lockheed ever consider selling the C-5 or the C-141 as a civilian freighter? Maybe that might work better.

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Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:18 pm

[quote=]If Lockheed Was To Design An Modern Airliner?[/quote]

There is a high chance I would be a big fan of it! lol...
Indeed we can dream can we...
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:30 pm

Realistically, most people here would probably be complaining about how it would be just another "boring" twin jet like A and B's planes and how Lockheed has lost its sense of innovation, along with deriding it for not being a BWB or having open rotor engines.

It would quickly of course delve into a nostalgic filled discussion about the good ole days and how much the aviation industry sucks now and how everything is either a 737, A320 or RJ.
They will then proclaim that if they were running Lockheed Martin, their new jet it would be another Tristar or a A380 competitor, or at the very least have 4 engines, and it would be eating its competition alive and whatnot.

From Lockheed's point of view, with the large establishment of Boeing and Airbus, and a lot competition in the segments that A and B ignore, it would no doubt in up in another disaster for the company.
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:09 pm

Quoting American 767 (Reply 9):
I think that if they wanted to enter the B748/A380 VLA market, they would retake the C-5 and make of it a civilian version, both in pax and cargo variants. But I don't think this will ever happen because they lost the contract in the 60s against Boeing for the design of a new large passenger aircraft, and even if they build a passenger C-5 they would have a hard time selling it to airlines. Did Lockheed ever consider selling the C-5 or the C-141 as a civilian freighter? Maybe that might work better.

In reverse order:

The C-141 (L-300) was offered as a civilian freighter. Lockheed even obtained FAA certification for the type. Slick Airways ordered four, but the order was later cancelled.

The C-5 (L-500) was offered as a civilian freighter but there were no takers and Lockheed never certified them.

The USAF choose the Lockheed C-5 over designs from Boeing and Douglas. The 747 was never in any competition with the C-5?
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:16 pm

I'm not sure the market is ready for a plane with the capactiy of a 737 the wieght of a 767 and the cost of a 747.
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:31 pm

It would be a 2015 model Electra-188. Much more economical than anything B or A could design and build! In my dreamland it would smoke the Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier or Embraer products.
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:44 pm

Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 7):
The P-8 is so vastly more capable than the P-3

On paper maybe. Boeing hasn't even delivered one yet.

I want to see a P-8 shut down two engines and remain on station for four hours!  
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:44 pm

Quoting 474218 (Reply 12):
The 747 was never in any competition with the C-5?

I don't believe that the 747 was even in any direct competition with the C-5, however much of the knowledge gained from the Boeing bid for the USAF Very Large Cargo Transport was applied to the original 747.
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:07 pm

Quoting American 767 (Reply 9):

I think that if they wanted to enter the B748/A380 VLA market, they would retake the C-5 and make of it a civilian version, both in pax and cargo variants.

Those are much too expensive, inefficient, and maintenance intensive for civilian service. Even the military charters civilian freighters on a regular basis because it is cheaper. McDonnell Douglas and Boeing found the same thing with the C-17.

Quoting amccann (Reply 16):
I don't believe that the 747 was even in any direct competition with the C-5, however much of the knowledge gained from the Boeing bid for the USAF Very Large Cargo Transport was applied to the original 747.

The Boeing entry for the CX-HLS and the 747 were completely different designs. The biggest link between the two is that the JT9D which lost the military competition to PW ended up powering the 747s. The airframes had few, if any links between them.
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:28 pm

Quoting amccann (Reply 16):
I don't believe that the 747 was even in any direct competition with the C-5, however much of the knowledge gained from the Boeing bid for the USAF Very Large Cargo Transport was applied to the original 747.

Nope, the staff that did the USAF bid were used on other projects ranging from the SST to contract work for NASA. The 747 used very Jr. staff and "leftover" spaces. It was supposed to be co-equal with the 737 project and behind the SST for resources, but reality was it was definitely a sold 3rd behind the SST and 737.
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:54 pm

Quoting JoeCanuck (Reply 1):
If they built an airliner like they are building the F-35, expect it to be years late, overpriced and overweight.

Like the 787 and the A380?
 
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Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:43 pm

Quoting JoeCanuck (Reply 1):
If they built an airliner like they are building the F-35, expect it to be years late, overpriced and overweight.

Any contractor charged with making the JSF reality would have run into the same problems. The government asked for a miracle and set Lockheed up to fail, or at least succeed late and overbudget.
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Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:02 am

Quoting American 767 (Reply 9):
I think that if they wanted to enter the B748/A380 VLA market, they would retake the C-5 and make of it a civilian version, both in pax and cargo variants. But I don't think this will ever happen because they lost the contract in the 60s against Boeing for the design of a new large passenger aircraft, and even if they build a passenger C-5 they would have a hard time selling it to airlines. Did Lockheed ever consider selling the C-5 or the C-141 as a civilian freighter? Maybe that might work better.

I think anyone who thinks that the C-5 and/or C-141 would have worked out as civilian airliners should do some research and read some history. The C-5's began developing wing cracks soon after entering service and have been maintenance headaches. I seriously doubt whether either of these aircraft would have stood up to the constant use commercial airliners get. While many on this board love the L-1011, the L-1011, despite have many technological advances, was a loser for Lockheed and required a US government bailout to save the company from bankruptcy and liquidation. The fact they designed an airplane that could not use the P&W and GE engines used on the 747 and DC-10 shows how short sighted Lockheed's management was. Had Delta and Ron Allen not had such a fetish for the airplane, it would have been in front line service for a much shorter period.
 
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Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:04 am

Quoting milesrich (Reply 21):
Had Delta and Ron Allen not had such a fetish for the airplane, it would have been in front line service for a much shorter period.

There was a reason for Mr. Allen's "fetish" with the L-1011. In 1886 Lockheed held a Operators/Suppliers conference discussing L-1011 spares and support. A Delta VP gave a speech on behalf of the operators, in that speech he mentioned that the L-1011 was the most profitable, aircraft in there fleet with each TriStar making $50,000 profit a day.
 
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Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:25 am

Quoting 474218 (Reply 15):
Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 7):
The P-8 is so vastly more capable than the P-3

On paper maybe. Boeing hasn't even delivered one yet.

The Navy has had P-8's in Pax River for months. Unlike the commercial side, military flight test is a joint effort.

Quoting 474218 (Reply 15):
I want to see a P-8 shut down two engines and remain on station for four hours!

I want to see a P-8 with the engine reliability of a CFM56-7...then we'll talk.

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Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:39 am

Quoting milesrich (Reply 21):
While many on this board love the L-1011, the L-1011, despite have many technological advances, was a loser for Lockheed and required a US government bailout to save the company from bankruptcy and liquidation. The fact they designed an airplane that could not use the P&W and GE engines used on the 747 and DC-10 shows how short sighted Lockheed's management was.

I would think Lockheed would have learned a valuable lesson from their L1011 experience with regard to specifying one and only one engine supplier for a given airframe. Being a trijet the L1011 was a special case, and any modern airliner without a #2 engine buried in the rear fuselage would be far easier to upgrade engines on as technology develops.
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