Flying Hospital L-1011 to fly one last time

ozziecat35

4 out of 5 great lakes prefer Michigan.
#43
My first ever flight was on an L-1011. DTW-BGR-LGW. 4 years old. Was right after I saw Top Gun for the first time, and I was convinced we were going to go upside down...The only memory I have of that trip is of the spoilers deploying when we stopped for fuel in Bangor.
 

FloridaLarry

Well-Known Member
#45
The Kansas City Airline History Museum has always felt like a 'hobby' museum to me - a great idea that a few people joined and ran. They always seemed just one more cash donation away from being solvent. When they blew an engine on their Connie, they had to wait and do more fund-raising to replace it. I don't need an elderly docent showing me more 'hulks with hopes.'

As a long-time exec of not-for-profit organizations, this says to me that either they were run by a few true believers without the skills to develop sound, long-term funding, or they had a board that couldn't agree with setting goals and just squabbled. Their 'progress' seems slow, for such a good idea and in a very logical place with great airline history.

Disclaimer: I have no inside knowledge, have visited there only once. I'd love to be wrong! But maybe having two competing airline history organizations on the same field will (a.) stir up some competition to grow both organizations, and/or (b.) eventually lead to a merger into one stronger organization.

Best wishes to both!
 

Roger Roger

Paid to sleep, fly for fun
#46
The Kansas City Airline History Museum has always felt like a 'hobby' museum to me - a great idea that a few people joined and ran. They always seemed just one more cash donation away from being solvent. When they blew an engine on their Connie, they had to wait and do more fund-raising to replace it. I don't need an elderly docent showing me more 'hulks with hopes.'

As a long-time exec of not-for-profit organizations, this says to me that either they were run by a few true believers without the skills to develop sound, long-term funding, or they had a board that couldn't agree with setting goals and just squabbled. Their 'progress' seems slow, for such a good idea and in a very logical place with great airline history.

Disclaimer: I have no inside knowledge, have visited there only once. I'd love to be wrong! But maybe having two competing airline history organizations on the same field will (a.) stir up some competition to grow both organizations, and/or (b.) eventually lead to a merger into one stronger organization.

Best wishes to both!
I think a former member here was involved with the board of that museum.
 
#52
910TE has been towed over to the transit ramp by Delta Air Lines ground support personnel, in preparation for launch out.
Awesome! I will miss gawking at that L-1011 at the fence-line, standing right next to it with the fans spinning in the breeze. Good memories, glad she'll fly again soon.
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
#53
Awesome! I will miss gawking at that L-1011 at the fence-line, standing right next to it with the fans spinning in the breeze. Good memories, glad she'll fly again soon.
She should be departing here in the next 30 mins. Air stair is up and chocks are pulled.

Pushback at 1759Z
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
#58
Engine start at 1900z after aome extra fuel upload. Taxi at 1921z, and #1 for takeoff now. First time taxiing under her own power in nearly a decade and a half.
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
#59
Airborne at 1927z enroute to KMKE, first flight in such a long time.

What a beautiful sight and sound of the RB211s both starting, as well as flying by on takeoff as this magnificent pride of Lockheed leaps into the skies, seemingly wanting all the altitude it can get. If that plane could talk, the smile on its face and the stories it could tell of what it has done, as well this new chapter in its life, would be epic.

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