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L-1011 Development

Sat Jun 09, 2001 7:11 am

I was wondering if the folks at Lockheed ever looked at developing the L-1011 into a bigger and better aircraft(like MD with the dc10/md11).Any info would be welcome.

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RE: L-1011 Development

Sat Jun 09, 2001 12:32 pm

I think Lockeed was long out of the airliner business before any real design work was done on an improved L1011. While a technologically fantastic and asthetically pleasing aircraft, they really got stung on this one.
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RE: L-1011 Development

Sat Jun 09, 2001 5:40 pm

Actually, they have been looking at upgrades to the aircraft over the last 20 years or so - ranging from engine/avionics upgrades (as with the MD10) through freighter conversions (Lockheed 2000).

They lost US$250 million on the project. They built 250 aircraft. Therefore, if they had charged just US$2m more per aircraft, they'd have made a profit of US$250m!! Big grin Big grin Big grin