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Flying Hospital L-1011 to fly one last time

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by MikeD, May 11, 2016.

  1. MikeD

    MikeD Administrator Staff Member

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    The former Flying Hospital, L-1011 P4-MED, which has been parked for years at TUS, will be flying again. Acquired by Tristar Preservation, it has been re-registered N910TE, and will be making one last ferry flight from TUS-MCI, where it will be preserved in TWA livery.

    This jet has been relatively maintained in storage, and a couple times a year, it would get started up and run, and being able to hear those Rolls RB211s start up with their smoky start, was always a treat. Now, there's a maintenance crew with it, and in short order, hearing the baritone rumble of the RBs will occur at least a few more times before she finally leaves her parking spot here on he northwest ramp, and taxi for takeoff for her last flight. What a sight that will be to see here shortly.

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    Richman Well-Known Member

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    Heh, the L10s always smoked like a Connie and sounded like a steam calliope when starting up.

    Not entirely unpleasant.

    Richman
     
  3. A Life Aloft

    A Life Aloft Well-Known Member

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    Is she going to the Airline History Museum there? I never been, but I heard it's pretty good. It's great to have another piece of aviation saved form the scrap heap.
     
  4. Burrito

    Burrito I'll ask the stupid questions

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    Holy crap I might be able to see this one fly.

    Bonus age check! I've never seen an L10 in person.

    I'm 26 lol
     
  5. A Life Aloft

    A Life Aloft Well-Known Member

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    26!!!! My gray hairs are waaaayyy older than that!!

    Man, that's just depressing
     
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  6. MikeD

    MikeD Administrator Staff Member

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    The L-1011, along with the DC-10, have.....by far....the most comfortable cockpit jumpseats of any airliner I've rode on.
     
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    flyasaab Well-Known Member

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    TriStar is not related to the airline history museum. Tristar also has the wings of pride MD-80
     
  8. Richman

    Richman Well-Known Member

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    Quoted for gospel...

    Richman
     
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  9. Adler

    Adler Low-Level Individual

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    Very cool. I just saw it on the ramp in TUS and wondered why it was relatively nice looking and not in the boneyard.
     
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    deadstick Well-Known Member

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    image.jpeg There's already one engine-less L1011 at MKC. I hope this one will look better
     
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  11. WestIndian425

    WestIndian425 Well-Known Member

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    I visited that museum, and was told the engines were sold to an oil company for their oil rigs (guess those RB211s are really good for that). They did tell me they were working on getting another TriStar.

    @MikeD I sure hope we get good advanced notice for when it will fly! I really want to make the trip from NYC to catch it startup and takeoff!

    *Favorite airplane of all time.*
     
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    SurferLucas Southern Gentleman

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    I'm game for a JC TriStar M&G...I'd love to see my airliner fly one last time
     
  13. Cptnchia

    Cptnchia Well-Known Member

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    I had a "very good time" in an L-1011 lower galley on a flight once with a girlfriend!
     
  14. Itchy

    Itchy Well-Known Member

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    How do you even get a crew current and qualified for a flight?
     
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    mshunter Well-Known Member

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    So why do they smoke so much on start up?
     
  16. SurferLucas

    SurferLucas Southern Gentleman

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    Cause, Royce Rolls that way...trick!
     
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    mikecweb Third Generation Arizonan

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    I'm up to get down. @MikeD do you have a date of departure yet?
     
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    Skåning Well-Known Member

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    Hella smokey!



    Ugh moar power! Such a cool sound, start this at 1:30

     
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  19. Pilotdude3407

    Pilotdude3407 Well-Known Member

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    I saw a Delta 757 smoke up LGA like that one morning. Shut down ground ops for a few minutes because people couldn't see to taxi. That was pretty much every 1011 startup.
     
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  20. MikeD

    MikeD Administrator Staff Member

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    Time is getting close for this former PSA bird. A beautiful sight to see with the start.






     

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