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Remaining TWA TriStars

Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:28 am

I've been trying to find out the current dispositions of the remaining TWA L1011 fleet. Are there any at still in Kingman (IGM)? Any others elsewhere other the N700TS at MKC? I've unfortunately lost track of those that have been "recycled" but I would be interested in seeing some of those birds that I've flown.

Thanks for any help.

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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:19 am

Quoting TWACaptain (Thread starter):
Are there any at still in Kingman (IGM)? Any others elsewhere other the N700TS at MKC? I've unfortunately lost track of those that have been "recycled" but I would be interested in seeing some of those birds that I've flown.

I passed through Kingman about a month ago, & I didn't see any. Mostly DHL stuff there anymore, not much else...
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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:24 am

The Kingman Tristars are gone (scrapped a few years ago) but there are a few TW L-1011 survivors......

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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:10 am

a few years back there was one at kingman, but dont know if its still there.
 
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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:16 pm

Quoting JONC777 (Reply 3):

At one time there were about 15 in Kingman, starting from the late nineties. AFAIK none of them made it out, and they were slowly scrapped/parted out. You could still see two or three of them relatively intact up until a couple of years ago.

A handful of others were retired to TUS, Mojave and Marana. I know that one made it out of TUS, originally for a short lived Bolivian outfit names Northeast......in the original yellow bird scheme! That same aircraft had a career as a TV prop before ending up as in Kansas City as a museum piece.

Unfortunately, I dont believe any TWA L-1011s remain intact in TWA colours.

TWA started retiring their L-1011s in the early nineties. At the time they were being used less and less on transatlantic routes in favour of B767s. The newest were barely 10 years old. Initially they sold a decent number to European charter carriers like Peach air, AirOps and others. A couple also went to TZ. Towards the mid nineties they got harder to offload, partly because they had sold some of the better aircraft first and left themselves with some of the early builds (which were fine for the transcontinental and domestic trunk routes they were utilised on). The writing was on the wall, they were increasingly ferried out to the Desert and the last flight was in the fall on 1997.

On a related note, I believe the only complete (ish!) TWA aircraft remaining is a B747 at Marana in a hybrid new colour scheme. Not that its going anywhere soon!
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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:05 pm

I fondly remember taking day-trips from LAS every year in the late 90's to IGM . I remember when there were no fences around the 2 or 3 L's that were outside of the main fence. You could literally walk right up to them. You just had to be careful where your feet were,as you never know what's hiding in the desert . I remember how quiet it was,and you could hear the tape that was used to cover the windows flapping in the breeze.

The last time I went there was a new fence around them and you couldn't get a descent shot of them .
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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:31 pm

You may find this video to be of interest... It's from 2010 and I believe this ship has since been scrapped:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9RlsvHlOG4

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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:54 pm

I live in Kingman and I can tell you that the last one, which was there by itself for a long time, is gone. Sad end to a beautiful plane. I flew on many of those TWA L-1011's in the 70's and 80's. I wish I had saved some tail numbers to compare to what was parked here.

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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:24 pm

Quoting TWACaptain (Thread starter):
I've been trying to find out the current dispositions of the remaining TWA L1011 fleet. Are there any at still in Kingman (IGM)? Any others elsewhere other the N700TS at MKC? I've unfortunately lost track of those that have been "recycled" but I would be interested in seeing some of those birds that I've flown.

Thanks for any help.

Glenn

This video of a -22B won't help you much but I thought you would enjoy it. Apparently it was salvaged from a TWA L1011 by a bunch of enthusiasts who now have it rigged up in their backyard:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM7ksfRVF70&feature=plcp
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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:09 am

According to Aerotransport.org, N31001 (msn 1013) and N31032 (msn 1215) are both derelict at Roswell, New Mexico.
N31019 (msn 1066) is preserved at Kansas City-Downtown Airport, N31033 (msn 1221) is stored at Nairobi, Kenya, and N7035T (msn 1231) is stored at the Teheran Aerospace Exhibition Centre in Iran. All other L-1011s that operated with TWA have been scrapped. Hope this helps.
 
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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:25 am

Quoting imiakhtar (Reply 8):
This video of a -22B won't help you much but I thought you would enjoy it. Apparently it was salvaged from a TWA L1011 by a bunch of enthusiasts who now have it rigged up in their backyard:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM7ksfRVF70&feature=plcp

That video was awesome. How that works in a backyard is crazy! Thanks for that! It even has the smoke plume there for a few seconds!
 
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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:18 pm

Just curious, how is it only 1 got in the final colors?
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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:57 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 11):
Just curious, how is it only 1 got in the final colors?

A good number had already been retired by then, and TWA had already decided to retire the rest. It wasnt worth it, given the small amount of time they would be left in the fleet.
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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:39 pm

Thanks for all of the input and info. Sad to see how few of these great birds are still around (other than the Delta aircraft at VCV).

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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:25 pm

Like sevenheavy says, a good number had already been retired by then. The new corporate livery was introduced in 1996 and TWA retired its last L-1011 I 1997, so at the time the new livery was unveiled they (TWA) decided that only those still due for a D Check would see the new colors.

It was for the same reason, also in the mid 90s, that United reprinted only one 747SP in the then new battle ship gray scheme.

Also for the same reason, as discussed intensively in other threads, even if American unveils a new livery in a not too distant future, I think that at the most only one of the 15 767-200s left will see the new livery.

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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:54 pm

Quoting sevenheavy (Reply 12):
Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 11):
Just curious, how is it only 1 got in the final colors?

A good number had already been retired by then, and TWA had already decided to retire the rest. It wasnt worth it, given the small amount of time they would be left in the fleet.

I think this one was scrapped in GSO. I think it was stored in LAS before that.

After TWA800, I think TW wanted to retire all thier older aircraft.

[Edited 2012-08-13 07:13:31]
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RE: Remaining TWA TriStars

Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:51 am

My first flight TWA L-1011. It was a wonderful experience. It would have been 1981 and I was 9yo. Mt grandmother and I flew JFK to SFO with an evening departure that took a 3-hour maintenance delay. It was quite late when we landed in SFO and TWA lost my checked bags. They were delivered the next day. But the service was great. The seats were comfortable. We had full meals with real silverware - even in coach.I was hooked after one flight. I wonder if that great old bird is one of the few left standing?
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