We flew Stargazer for 45 minutes on Novenber 19th. Crew had only one squawk. Last flying L1011 in the world and still flying great. Got 2 missions on the books to last us to 2017 and we hope Pegasus will take us into the 2020's.
Last flying L1011 in the world and still flying great.
@starchasercowboyIs the Stargazer L-1011's engines meeting upcoming noise restrictions? If not, can the L-1011 be refitted with new engines?Hope to see the Stargazer fly more launch missions.
The design featured a twin-aisle interior with a maximum of 400 passengers, a three-engine layout, low noise emissions (in the early 1970s, Eastern Air Lines nicknamed the L-1011 "WhisperLiner")
Funny, some how the An-124 and An-225 manage to still fly cargo through out the US. Not only do they deliver spacecraft, rocket stages, but Boeing uses them from time to time to deliver aircraft parts. Some how I suspect they are louder than a TriStar.Honestly, if it came down to it, it would be cheaper to find a replacement than to re-engine.If memory serves, the last profitable re-engine program was the DC-8 Super 70 conversions in the late seventies, early 80's. You could include the mid 90's re-engining of the U-2 with General Electric F118-GE-101's. Every now and then re-engining the B-52 comes up. I think some 707's have been re-engined over the years, but that is about it. It is not a very common practice. The Airbus and Boeing programs to re-engine the a320's and 737's center around new builds, not retro fits. That said, there are several programs to improve fuel burn by adding wing tips to existing planes. There are always the freighter conversion programs for passenger jets. Yet in all the current refit programs, no one offers an option to replace the engines.
I flew on an L-1011 once, back in 1974. I thought I had really hit the big time!Purty plane, it was. And this one still is.
Quote from: llanitedave on 11/25/2014 02:15 amI flew on an L-1011 once, back in 1974. I thought I had really hit the big time!Purty plane, it was. And this one still is.Purty, yes. Big time? Well, I flew across the pond a few times on L1011's with 2-5-2 seating. Since I was a lowly contractor (flying to TAL sites for shuttle support), my seat was usually in the middle of the 5-seat group, at the rear of the cabin, directly under that center engine - for six hours or more. I never felt like I had hit the big time!