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Stargazer L1011, the one and only Tristar flying

Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:19 pm

It’s great the aviation world can still say there’s one airworthy example of this fine aircraft



It’s also very unusual to have just one example of a fairly widely used jet transport to endure years after all its ‘colleagues’ have retired


Still a few 727’s, 747 Classic/ SP’s in service and of course B707 airframes in military service, maybe civil in Iran / Indian Air Force ?


But just ONE lonely L1011 operating in the whole world, remarkable I think
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Re: Stargazer L1011, the one and only Tristar flying

Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:33 pm

Not sure but I think one of the Sands 2 aircraft could be put back into service fairly quickly. One them got caught in a flood down BGK,but the other was put in storage?? Both -500's.

I would imagine parts and knowledgeable technicians might be hard to come by unless you could talk some retired DAL/TWA mechanics out of retirement. Actually Sands Corp had great talent pool if they are still around.
 
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Re: Stargazer L1011, the one and only Tristar flying

Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:01 pm

About 4 months ago, I saw an L-1011 at MCI. Does anyone know which aircraft that was? Is it airworthy?
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Re: Stargazer L1011, the one and only Tristar flying

Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:59 pm

Stargazer at its base at Mojave, CA


rjsampson wrote:
About 4 months ago, I saw an L-1011 at MCI. Does anyone know which aircraft that was? Is it airworthy?


That will be the Tristar Experience bird. It flew to MCI after being stored at TUS for years, but I doubt it will fly again.
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Re: Stargazer L1011, the one and only Tristar flying

Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:31 am

It's unlikely to fly for much longer. Off the top of my head there are either none or just one more launches booked for Stargazer. With stuff like Virgin Galactic's Cosmic Girl on the way and the evolution of smallsat launchers elsewhere Stargazer and Pegasus are simply too expensive.
 
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Re: Stargazer L1011, the one and only Tristar flying

Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:14 am

Having knowledgeable technicians, AME's & A&P's helps but any licensed AME or A&P with experience on transport category aircraft should be able to figure things out if if all the manuals & technical documents are there.
 
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Re: Stargazer L1011, the one and only Tristar flying

Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:09 pm

ZaphodHarkonnen wrote:
It's unlikely to fly for much longer. Off the top of my head there are either none or just one more launches booked for Stargazer. With stuff like Virgin Galactic's Cosmic Girl on the way and the evolution of smallsat launchers elsewhere Stargazer and Pegasus are simply too expensive.


The Pegasus system is a dead man walking. The last 7 launches (which goes as far back as 07) have all been under NASA contracts. NASA is probably only keeping them alive to create more choice in the market. With the Electron rockets being cost effective for dedicated launches or just ride-sharing on a Falcon 9 being even cheaper, the Pegasus system is dead even if its cool as all hell.

The L1011 once Pegasus is cancelled might be put in a museum, after all, that one has had an interesting history Maybe the Smithsonian would want her.
 
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Re: Stargazer L1011, the one and only Tristar flying

Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:33 pm

It will be a day in infamy when the L1011 retires.

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