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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Weather forecast: 70 Percent 'Go' for CYGNSS launch

According to NASA there is a 70% chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch of the Pegasus XL rocket next Monday.

Stargazer © NASA Blogs

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

RB211: Main Engine Components

The RB211 was a revolutionary turbofan engine featuring a triple-spool architecture. It was initially designed for the L-1011 but it also powered other aircraft such as the B747, B757 and B767. It also gave birth to the sucessful and technologically advanced Trent family.

The dash -22B was available for every standard length model while the -524B equipped the L-1011-385-3 (TriStar 500) and was an option for the following standard length models: L-1011-1-14 and L-1011-1-15.

Main Engine Components (click to enlarge)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Stargazer being readied for its next launch

From Orbital ATK's Facebook:

Stargazer © Orbital ATK
Our Pegasus rocket, seen in the background of this image, is ready to mate with our Stargazer L-1011 aircraft at Vandenberg Air Force Base in preparation for the December 12 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket will launch NASA's 2-year Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission.

L-1011 video about the Flight Test Program

Film from the archives of Ron Grier, via Lockheed-Martin. Rare L-1011 promo featuring lot's of great scenes around Palmdale, test flying, Paris Air Show, Oakland, CA, etc. And watch for an Eastern Lockheed Jetstar too! For educational & non commercial use only. Check out our You Tube channel to see hundreds of VINTAGE & RARE airliner videos! 

Friday, 25 November 2016

Aviation News: L-1011 article

Aviation News - December 2016

For some months now, Aviation News also incorporates the old JETS Magazine dedicated to classic types from yesterday. This month's issue has an article about the L-1011 with the following description:
TriStar: A Widebody Pioneer
The L-1011 TriStar was the only jet airliner ever built by Lockheed.  Philip Birtles details the development and career of this tri-jet.
Aviation News: December 2016