I for one will never forget the beautiful old "Star". Many happy memories not least of which was one occasion flying BA LHR
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
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.