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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

Sunday, 20 November 2016

CYGNSS launch postponed

According to Spaceflight Now, the CYGNSS launch that was supposed to occur tomorrow, is now scheduled to take place on December 12. This is the second revised date for this launch.

Pegasus launch © NASA

The payload will be put in orbit using the Pegasus XL rocket which is carried and released from an airborne L-1011 at approximately 40.000', eliminating the need of a stage booster.

Spaceflight Now: Launch Schedule

More news on L-1011 N910TE V

TriStar Experience shared a video showing the high speed taxi test performed a few days ago in prepararion for the ferry flight of N910TE to Kansas City.

Monday, 14 November 2016

More news on L-1011 N910TE IV

Another update from TriStar Experience's FB:

To all TriStar supporters, the L1011 is materially ready and approved by the FAA for her ferry flight back to KC. See the recent posts below showing the aircraft being put through her paces. Now its down to crew scheduling and a bit of fundraising. We can really use your help. To make a monetary donation, please visit http://tristarexperience.org/donate/. Thank you.