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Delta L-1011 Tribute

Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:53 am

Very nice tribute to the Delta L-1011. This was the first widebody aircraft that I had the pleasure to fly on. It was nice to be able to spot the L-1011 and DC-10's at small and medium sized cities back in the 70's and 80's.
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:15 am

Watching this I am again reminded that the old paint job looks better than the all red mess DL now has.
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:29 am

Quoting miaami (Thread starter):
This was the first widebody aircraft that I had the pleasure to fly on.

Delta's L-1011 was the first aircraft I EVER had the pleasure to fly on, although I was only 3 at the time, DFW-MCO. I don't remember much, except that my mother and I must have been in the center block of 5 seats, because I was laying down across several of them, and she had room to be comfortable. In fact, the next time I got on a jet (ten years later), it was an MD-80, and I remember thinking, "Wow... this is a TINY AIRPLANE!"

Quoting Lono (Reply 1):
Watching this I am again reminded that the old paint job looks better than the all red mess DL now has.

Delta's old-old-old colors looked better than ANYTHING they've come up with since. The closest was the 98 minor update. It was tolerable, to me at least, because it was really just a freshening of the cheat line that they already had. Song/WavyGravy/OnwardUpward are all just modern, negative-space works of marketing that will become dated by the time the last coat dries.
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:51 am

So much nostalgia... So many memories. Thanks for sharing!
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:53 am

Quoting Lono (Reply 1):
Watching this I am again reminded that the old paint job looks better than the all red mess DL now has.

Let me add my vote to the like side of the new Delta paint job.
 
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:13 pm

Great video! I can't believe its been a decade since my flight out to VCV on it.......holy crap...

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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:56 pm

I always enjoyed flying the L-1011, most of the time on TWA. There was a memorable Delta trip - ATL BDA ATL in the 1980s. Flight time was only about 1 1/2 hours each way but very enjoyable. The best part was crossing the open ramp to de-plane and board at Bermuda. The L-1011 is beautiful from any angle but there is nothing like viewing that big plane from ground level !
 
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:44 pm

Great video. Whenever I think of Delta, the L1011 is one of the first things that comes to mind.
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:10 am

My all time favorite aircraft. Lockheed sure knew how to engineer beauty and grace into their aircraft.
 
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:22 am

Interestingly, I always considered the L-1011 to look more feminine and elegant than the DC-10 due to the S-duct for the third engine. I remember flying a few DL L-1011s when I was young.
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:34 am

I enjoyed my experience on two Delta L-1011 flights, from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale and from Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta. L-1011 is huge and breathtaking. Isn't it safe to say everyone liked the L-1011?? Maybe not the flight attendants. Perspective  
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:54 am

It's nice they used one of my photos without permission. On the other hand, it made for a nice video of this aircraft and, in my opinion, the absolute best paint scheme of all time anywhere on the planet. Wish they had a retro paint scheme of these colors flying today and not locked up in a hangar hidden from view.  
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Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:12 am

My first flight on a widebody was a Delta L-1011 in December 1975. I was at Keesler AFB, Miss going home on leave for Christmas. The typlical regiment was to take an hour or so bus ride from Keesler to New Orleans where four of us went in on a hotel room. The next morning we boarded what must have been a fairly new Delta L-1011 with a special Bicentennial livery that sported a large seal at the front of the fuselage that said "We The People." We took a short flight to DFW where we connected with a Frontier 737-200 to SLC and BIL. But that L-1011 ride was excellent!
 
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:16 am

I flew a DL 1011 in 1985 when I was a kid, me my grandmother and sister was flying from DFW to LAX. Sadly, I believe this was the DFW-LAX leg of flight 191, just a week or more before that horrible crash at DFW.

It funny, when you think about how Lockheed build today's fighter jets, and you think about how the 1011 was the only jetliner built by Lockheed. Who knows, Airbus will design a jet-fighter.
 
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:08 am

Quoting gegtim (Reply 12):
The next morning we boarded what must have been a fairly new Delta L-1011 with a special Bicentennial livery that sported a large seal at the front of the fuselage that said "We The People."

About right........probably only a year or two old as we first took delivery in about '74 or '75.
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:36 am

Around 2:05 into the video it breaks into a Delta commercial. Does anyone know what year that commercial was shown?

Thanks for the video. It's a great tribute to the best looking plane ever!

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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:41 am

I miss watching a TWA L1011 starting her engines in LAS every morning. The smoke would cover the entire A Concourse. And nothing beat watching DL L1011s in action. I too love Deltas old scheme!
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:21 pm

Very nice video! The L1011 belonged to the age when flying (even in economy) was something of a pleasure. Those were certainly the days.
 
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:23 pm

I always loved the L1011 and regret never having had the chance to fly on one. And the Delta (widget) scheme was my favorite on that aircraft.

There is still a Delta L1011 in existence, but you have to travel to Tehran's Mehrabad Airport to see it. The widgets are gone, but the blue and red stripes are still there. Inside, she looks to be in good shape.


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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:58 pm

Growing up in northern NJ, right under the flight path for flights that came up from the south for landing on EWR's 22s, it was always exciting to see the DL L-1011 fly over (much more exciting than their usual DC8s).

And yes, the old color scheme is classic - I wish they would bring it back!
 
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:12 pm

The only couple times I had the opportunity to fly an L1011 it was on DL into/ex- SAN. I seem to recall enjoying the experience at a more visceral level than my flights on a DC10 of which there were comparably more. Maybe it was just the relative scarcity of the experience that made it seem more special, but regardless, I do recall it having been a more enjoyable experience as a pax. DL also accounted for my only DC8 flight.

And yes, I think the classic livery is considerably nicer than the monocrhome e-wdiget bleeding off the tail now. In fact, as much as I used to smile when I saw the tril-color GMST flag livery in BOM, IMO the classic livery shown above on the Tristar remains Delta's best.
 
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:43 am

I also flew a Hawaiian Airline L-1011 in 1986 and it seems like all of the lavatories were in the back of the aircraft. Was that the same configuration for Delta as well, or just some airlines?
 
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:10 am

Oh, this one.

I'm not afraid to be honest and say that I almost needed a new keyboard the first time I saw this. Still tear up a little every time I watch it.

I only had the pleasure of flying on DL's L1011s once, but the flight was a very important moment for me.

So beautiful...


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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:11 am

Quoting gegtim (Reply 21):
I also flew a Hawaiian Airline L-1011 in 1986 and it seems like all of the lavatories were in the back of the aircraft. Was that the same configuration for Delta as well, or just some airlines?

The L-1011 had a unique layout of aft lavatories, where they were arranged in a circular fashion, thus squeezing five lavatories in the back.
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:04 am

Other than range and a decrease in capacity, what other differences were there between the L10 and the L15?

I miss the L10s myself. They were great birds and the L15s would be a great a/c today, if they had much more efficient engines over the A345.
 
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Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:36 am

My very first L-1011 flight was on Eastern from MCO to JFK in Feb 1976. This was returning home from a Disney trip with the family. I was 12 years old. At that age, the L-1011 seemed huge compared to my Delta 72S flight from JFK-MIA the week before. After I got home from the trip, I went to the library to take out books to learn about the L-1011. There airplane books in the library at the time. The following year we took another family trip to Orlando and Miami. The flight down was a DC-8-61 from JFK - ATL. This flight originated in Hartford to JFK and we were on the JFK-ATL portion. In ATL we connected to a Dela Tristar from ATL-MCO. It was one of the night coach flights that left ATL close midnight. I this night flight was jam packed. My family was separated and we could not sit together. The coach seating was 2-4-2. I remember sitting in the middle 4 seat section resting my head on the coat compartment that divided the 4 center seats into a 2-2 arrangement. While waiting for this flight at the gate in ATL, I remember looking out at our Tristar and discussing this aircraft with my father. I let him know the plane was manufactured by Lockheed in California, that it had a capacity of approximately 250 passengers and that it was operated by 3 Rolls Royce engines. He was so impressed that I knew these facts. Some of the other passenger heard was I was saying and they were impressed. My father asked me how did I know all of these facts and I said I looked it up in books at the library. I could see how proud he was of me.

After these early experiences, flying and the airline industry has always been of great interest to me. Especially Delta and the Tristar. After this I flew on Delta, Eastern and TWA's Tristars many time to: ATL, MCO, FLL, MIA, JFK, LGA, EWR, SJU, NAS, FPT, LAS, LAX, DFW, and HNL.


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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:56 pm

My first widebody and International flight was CVG-ZRH-CVG on a DL L. I remember the lavs in the rear and the movie screen was attached to the ceiling for the movie .
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:34 pm

One of my earliest memories was on a DL Tristar...I still have the postcard and playing cards. The L-1011 will always be my favorite airliner, especially wearing the widgets.
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:40 am

My very first flight was on an Eastern L1011 from BUF-ATL in 1979. Still my favoraite flight of all time.
 
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:49 pm

Quoting mayor (Reply 14):

"We the People" medallions were carried in all of Delta's aircraft for the nation's bicentennial in 1976. Some of the aircraft still had them as late as the summer of 1977. Most often the adhesive gave way, and they fell off the bulkhead. In addition, during '1976, the widget on the fuselage carried white stars in the blue portion with white stripes in the red portion, and the notation "We the People, 1776-1976."
 
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:19 pm

I think my first ride in a Tristar(DL) was in '74. We went ORD-ATL for our 5th wedding anniversary. Can't remember if it was down on a Tristar and back on a DC-10 (we had both at that time) or vice versa.
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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:51 pm

Quoting sspontak (Reply 25):
My very first L-1011 flight was on Eastern from MCO to JFK in Feb 1976. This was returning home from a Disney trip with the family. I was 12 years old. At that age, the L-1011 seemed huge compared to my Delta 72S flight from JFK-MIA the week before.

I had a very similar experience with my first widebody. About the same time (mid 1970s).

Flew NA 72S EWR-MCO. Loved the pancake and sausage patty breakfast.

Flew NA DC-10 MIA-EWR. I was hooked on widebodies after that.

As for DL - the only L10 I ever flew was a L-1011-500 from IAH-ATL. We got a snack which today would be a lunch in domestic F class (an overstuffed sandwich, potato chips, pickle).

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RE: Delta L-1011 Tribute

Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:54 pm

Quoting N62NA (Reply 31):
As for DL - the only L10 I ever flew was a L-1011-500 from IAH-ATL.

Must have been a tag on for one of the international flights.
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