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To: CWOJackson
airlines already flying them sold them off

Wrong

Delta was still flying them DFW to Frankfurt as late as 1992.

and the company building them eventually went under.

And Wrong. Although the engine maker took one on the chin.

63 posted on 02/15/2006 9:12:19 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35

I have never seen a L1011 cargo plane.

The L1011 wasn't doomed because of the EA crash. It was doomed because Lockheed had to compete against the DC-10. There was no room for both, and when Airbus came out with the widebody A300 and Boeing came out with the widebody 767 (both of which had 2 engines and a 2 person cockpig), the writing was on the wall for Lockheed.

Lockheed's only jet was the L1011, the Electra did well for a prop (one hell of a plane) but Lockheed missed the boat, they should have made a 2 engine 150 seat plane. When the L1011 was being sold, it was before the oil shock. PSA bought 2 L1011's to fly from San Diego and LA to San Fran, that only lasted about 9 months, the fuel costs were too high.

It was a good plane, but, at the wrong time, and it knocked Lockheed out of the passenger market.


65 posted on 02/15/2006 9:17:12 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Women hold grudges, guys hold keggers.)
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To: PAR35

DL retired their last L1011's about 3 years ago. They used to do Hawaii with them. If you watch "Lost" the wreckage is a DL L1011.

I miss em, I flew on TWA and ATA and BWIA's Lockheeds.


67 posted on 02/15/2006 9:21:32 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Women hold grudges, guys hold keggers.)
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