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December 05, 2007

Kallat Elsaker's L-1011 fleet with new registrations

OD-MIR (msn 1246) and OD-JOE (msn 1243) recently bought from Globejet Airlines are now respectively XT-RAD and XT-BRK.

See photo at

Their factfiles were already updated.

December 01, 2007

MSN 293B-1242 changes registration number

TriStar 500 YK-DLC of Privilege Jet Airlines has now become TL-ADW. Privilege Jet's website is active again although under construction.

MSN 293B-1242 factfile will be updated as soon as possible.

November 17, 2007

Globe Jet sells their L-1011 fleet

Kallat Elsaker Air, a libyan operator, has bought OD-MIR (msn 1246) and OD-JOE (msn 1243) from Globe Jet Airlines.

November 13, 2007

November 04, 2007

Did you know that...

1. Pan Am was the first airline to operate the TriStar 500 with extended wingtips/active ailerons, in 1980?
2. The first TriStar 500 models delivered to British Airways in 1979 did not originally have the wingtip extensions? They were retrofitted later.
3. The extended wingtips/ active ailerons were first installed and tested in the L-1011 prototype (N1011)?

N1011 - standard lenght TriStar - with active ailerons 

You can read more about active ailerons/active control system here.

TWA (now absorbed by American Airlines) was one of the most important airlines in the world. It was also one of the main L-1011 operators.

If you are interested in airline history and memorabilia perhaps you will enjoy spending some minutes visiting this blog:

This site was added to our Links' section.

November 03, 2007

Portuguese TriStar fleet status 11/07

euroAtlantic CS-TEB - stored at Abu Dhabi, waiting slot for further maintenance works
euroAtlantic CS-TMX - stored at Lisbon, to be scrapped soon
Luzair CS-TMP - active
Luzair CS-TMR- under maintenance at Victorville, finishing C-check works

November 02, 2007

Globe Jet lost its AOC

Lebanese CAA has pulled the rights of Globe Jet Airlines (based in Beirut) to operate. It seems the three TriStar 500 are now in the process of being sold. Those were ex-TAP/Air Transat aircraft:

MSN 293B-1239 OD-ZEE (impounded at Santa Cruz)
MSN 293B-1243 OD-JOE
MSN 193H-1246 OD-MIR

October 27, 2007

October 21, 2007

TAP long haul fleet

The past and the present together...

Good old days!

October 17, 2007

Did you know that...

Rear doors in the L-1011-500 are 10cm smaller with respect to height?

October 15, 2007

Arrival @ LIS

Deplaning... Look how distant the engines are placed from the fuselage 

TriStar's dolphin nose! Parked @ F06

Maintenance preparing the aircraft for the next flight

TriStar @ Brussels

TriStar's really nice and huge cabin

Control Tower @ BRU at dawn

Wing view from 30K seat

Looking to the horizontal stabilizer. It has also a considerable span! 

October 12, 2007

CS-TMP, back in service!

October 09, 2007

Globe Jet's OD-ZEE II

L-1011-500, OD-ZEE, MSN 293B-1239 was impounded at Viru Viru International airport (Santa Cruz - BolĂ­via) after LAB ceased its operations, earlier this year. The aircraft is still stored at VVI and its future doesn't seem very bright unless the $4m owed is paid.

You can see here a photo of this aircraft taken last September. OD-ZEE was the old TAP Air Portugal's flagship with registration CS-TEA.

Factfile was already updated.

September 25, 2007

Lockheed 2000 Freighter

This was an old idea from Lockheed to convert some L-1011s to freighter aircraft. However, Lockheed never sold this mod program.

September 21, 2007

Portuguese TriStar fleet status 09/07

euroAtlantic CS-TEB @ Abu Dhabi / GAMCO (C-Check)
euroAtlantic CS-TMX @ Lisbon (to be scrapped)
Luzair CS-TMP @ Amman / JorAMCo (A-Check)
Luzair CS-TMR @ Victorville / VAL (C-Check)

September 12, 2007

Lockheed L-1011 vs McDonnell Douglas DC-10

We must be careful when comparing these two aircrafts. The main difference is: when did McDonnell Douglas have its first DC-10 long-range aircraft? It entered in service in 1972 with the DC-10-30 series.

Now the same question for Lockheed, when did it have its long-ranger? It entered in service only in 1979! Of course Lockheed could not compete in the long range market.
There were sold 199 L-1011 -1,-100,-200 and there were sold 138 DC-10-10 and DC-10-15. Now this is a fair comparison!

Why the long range version of the TriStar was so delayed? Well, not because of RB211 reliability problems or so. Just because its production and development for more powerful versions was halted almost for one year due to RR bankruptcy, which also affected initial sales. It was delayed even further due to overcapacity with the airlines and depressed market. The TriStar 500 could have been ready by 1977 and before that Lockheed studied -250 long range version with the same -500 engines, MTOW and fuel capacity. But it never came to a production standard. There are only 6 L-1011-250 which were converted from -1 series in 1986, already after the shut down of the L-1011 production line!

When TriStar 500 entered in service, it was too late. In the early 80's it was facing competition not only from the DC-10 but also from 2nd generation and more fuel efficient, two crew man, twin jets.

No doubt the L-1011 was technically superior and safer than the DC-10. However, the DC-10 when compared to the TriStar had a better payload-range having from the beginning a true long range version.
The L-1011-1 was simply fine for USA's coast to coast routes for which it was designed.

Why the DC-10 stayed longer with airlines? Easy. More aircrafts flying, more spare parts, effective technical support from McDonnell Douglas.

Finally, it seems that McDonnell Douglas also never made money with the DC-10 program. If it wasn't for the KC-10 contract with 60 units built for USAF, which kept the production line opened until 1988, it would also have suffered big losses.

August 30, 2007

TAP - TriStar 500 cabin in the eighties

It's amazing the sense of space! It was a very clean and bright cabin.

August 02, 2007

Globe Jet's OD-JOE

This other ex-TAP L-1011 is still kicking around! Seen in service at Accra operating for Ghana International Airlines.
See cockpit photo here, cabin view here, and the updated factfile.

Also, OD-MIR (ex CS-TEF) from Globe Jet Airlines, has been flying for Fischer Air Polska.

July 30, 2007


Just to announce a little update in the factfile of aircraft MSN 293B-1242, registered YK-DLC with Privilege Jet Airlines.
Thanks to Holger Ludwig for the information about the current status of this ex-TAP L-1011.

July 29, 2007

CS-TMR is also back

After a long wait and storage period at Amsterdam, Luzair's L-1011-500 with registration CS-TMR flew again and landed at Lisbon last 20th of July.

CS-TMR taxiing in front of Hangar 6 after landing at LIS 

Soon, this aircraft will be ferried to California for a C-check. the return!

As some of you might have noticed, was put offline last Summer. Lack of motivation and spare time were the main reasons. Also, I was not willing to spend again such a large amount that I was paying for a hosting of 500MB with unlimited traffic. After some reflection I decided to end the story of this site which started in January 2000. However, some friends of mine were startled with such a decision and tried to help me bringing back So, a special thanks must be given to Jorge Diogo and Paulo Correia (AirSim) and to Miguel Blaufuks (simFlight) for providing a new and free hosting to the site.

But motivation was still lacking. And I didn't want to keep the same layout of the site because it was difficult to update. It was only in February of this year that I started working in a new layout and structure of the site. Also a decision was made about changing the site's language from Portuguese to English.

After a long "C-check", is now back with a very, very simple design and a light structure. Just like I wanted it to be. Off-topic sections from the old site were definitely removed and this site is now only about the L-1011 TriStar.

In this associated blog I will post news about TriStars, site's updates and new photos. So, if you are curious about TriStars, keep an eye on it.

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