In 26 April 1972, the L-1011 TriStar entered in service with Eastern Airlines.
Flightglobal: The TriStar heritage 40 years on
|L-1011's First Class seats|
|Pegasus XL rocket © NASA|
The Pegasus XL rocket is fully assembled inside a hangar at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Technicians will tow the rocket to the base's runway a few weeks before launch and bolt it to an L-1011 carrier aircraft, which will fly the Pegasus and NuSTAR payload to Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
The L-1011 jumbo jet will drop the rocket about 40,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean, and the three-stage, winged Pegasus will light to propel the 800-pound NuSTAR satellite into a 340-mile-high orbit.
|L-1011 Stargazer © Orbital Sciences Corporation|