Kieron747
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Why I Like The L-1011

Sun Feb 20, 2005 5:19 am

Hello,

I don't know about anyone else, but may favourite plane has always been the L-1011 Tristar.


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Yet I'm not quite sure why. Ever since I was young I was drawn to this plane, to me it seems eleganant, sleek, almost feminine in it design and appearance.

Am I just crazy or does anyone else agree with me? If this plane is your favourite too, please let me know why you like it!

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RE: Why I Like The L-1011

Sun Feb 20, 2005 8:02 am

Why I Like The L-1011?

Because it's a pretty plane. Plane that fly popular routes. Three-holer. Wide-body. Nice & roomy galleries. Cockpit windows. small looking tires. Tail design. Wing design. Location of wing engines.
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RE: Why I Like The L-1011

Sun Feb 20, 2005 8:11 am

Hi September11

thanks for your comments, I agree totally!

What do you mean though about the location of wing engines? Are they different to other planes in terms of their location?

Also, what is your favourite livery for the L-1011? I find that the plane lends itself well to liveries, maybe because it has a huge tail!

I used to love seeing pics of the TWA L-1011s!

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RE: Why I Like The L-1011

Sun Feb 20, 2005 8:15 am

You all have some good taste...if only Lockheed would have made more civilian jets!!!
September11, you up for another thread where we post pics of all the former operators of the L1011, just like we did the MD-80  Big grin

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RE: Why I Like The L-1011

Sun Feb 20, 2005 8:21 am

DC-10 wing engines are mounted closer to aircraft than the L-1011s.


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RE: Why I Like The L-1011

Sun Feb 20, 2005 8:26 am

Ah I see what you mean!

I never noticed that before. Maybe its one reason why I prefer the L-1011 over the DC-10.

Shame really, I have actually flown a United DC-10 from Dulles-Denver but have never flown on a L-1011, and probably won't get the chance now either! D'OH!
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RE: Why I Like The L-1011

Sun Feb 20, 2005 3:06 pm

The distinctive sound of RR RB211's, also available on one of my other faves, the Boeing 757.  Smile
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RE: Why I Like The L-1011

Sun Feb 20, 2005 3:39 pm

September11 wrote:
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DC-10 wing engines are mounted closer to aircraft than the L-1011s.
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This was very good engineering. It allowed for pax to board through the L2 door as an alternate to L1, since with the wing engines further from the fuselage, they are also further aft. This provided an unobstructed path for a bridge on L2.



Why I like the L-1011?

Flown in it many times. Still would take any opportunity for more L-1011 flights.
Incredible engineering. High technology systems. Super-strong fuselage with very large panels.

The deep sound of the RB-211s starting!!

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The cabin has high ceilings and is grand and spacious:

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A few L-1011s had a Lower Deck Lounge


Others had a lower deck galley:

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Which was accessed by these lifts from the main deck:

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There is a 'turnaround' at the rear of the cabin where the 5 lavs are arranged in a semi-circle:

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Overhead coat storage system (only the back of the units can be seen in these photos, where they extend out over the middle section of the last row):

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And the 1011 has the doors which roll up on tracks into the roof. The tracks can be seen in this photo:

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Lots of innovative, interesting things in a L-1011



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RE: Why I Like The L-1011

Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:37 am

I for one will never forget the beautiful old "Star". Many happy memories not least of which was one occasion flying BA LHR-ATH back in 1984 I think it was. Myself and companion ended up in the underfloor galley being fed and watered on smoked salmon and small bottles of Champagne, and then being given over fifty (yes - >50!) miniature bottles of booze of our choice, masquerading as "one for the road", and being entertained by two of BA's most affable and jovial cabin crew. They don't make 'em like that anymore! - the plane or the staff!

The TriStar was simply a dream to fly on, a dream to look at, excitement from start to finish (it was my first wide-body) and the reason why I used to fly LHR-CDG several times a year. OK, I love the 777 and A332, but they just don't have the same feel, do they. Too much "Eurowhite", plastic, not enough individualism inside. You could tell you were on a 'Star from the sound of the electric doors and that machine that the coat hangers used to get put on which went up into the ceiling! (What is it called?)

One year, we ended up on a TriStar 500 for the short bunny-hop to Paris. It was only one third full of pax, let alone fuel, so the take off was perhaps the most spectacular ever. Even the old TriStar 1 fully laden to ATH had some guts though.

Ah, those were the days.
 
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RE: Why I Like The L-1011

Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:47 am

I think that the smooth angle of how is built the tail's engine plays an important role...The L-1011 it's my favourite too.
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