#FlashbackFriday: The Lockheed L-1011 in 15 Photos

Tri-Jet Travel

In this #FlashbackFriday post, I did a series on old school aircraft I have posted on my shared Retro Av8ion Pinterest board. I also did a #FlashbackFriday post on my favorite aircraft, the four-engine Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies. Next up in my #FlashbackFriday series are photos of the Lockheed L-1011, featured on this Pinterest board.

The tri-jet aircraft was conceived in the mid-1960s to transport 250 passengers on long-haul flights. It offered passenger-friendly features including including glare-resistant windows, full-sized hideaway closets for coats, a below-deck galley, which transported meals up to the main cabin via two elevators, extra-wide aisles and overhead bins. 

In April 1972, after six years setbacks and struggle -- including design challenges, financial troubles and a recession -- the then-Lockheed California Company (now Lockheed Martin) delivered the L-1011 TriStar to launch customer Eastern Airlines. The carrier launched service with a flight from Miami to New York.

But the financial troubles proved too much to overcome. A total of 250 TriStar jets were produced by Lockheed, and the L-1011 marked the company’s final commercial passenger airliners. But the company exited on a high note, having created, in one pilot’s words, “the most intelligent airliner ever to fly.” Below are 15 great photos of a jet that ended production in 1984.

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Lockheed L-1011 Sales Brochure

Image courtesy of AviationExplorer.com

Every aircraft must have a sales brochure, and this is an example of one created by Lockheed on the passenger experience amenities available onboard of the L-1011. 

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Eastern Airlines

Image courtesy of the F&O FABFORGOTTENNOBILITY blog

Eastern Airlines was the launch customer of the L-1011 and began flying them in 1970, branding their aircraft Whisperliners.

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"Northeast Airlines"

Photo courtesy of Internet Movie Plane Database

Anyone who knows me knows I'm a HUGE fan of the 

"Die Hard" movie series. This L-1011 was featured in the aviation-themed "Die Hard 2." 

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Air Canada

Photo courtesy of Aceebee via Flickr

Canada's flag carrier started flying the L-1011 in the summer of 1973, flown in tandem with its fleet of Boeing 747s.

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Photo courtesy of DP Vintage Posters

This is a poster advertising the carrier's L-1011 service out of Trinidad and Tobago. 

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Cathay Pacific

Photo courtesy of San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

The L-1011 TriStar was the Hong Kong-based carrier's first wide-bodied aircraft. It entered service on September 16, 1975 between Taipei and Tokyo.

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Delta Air Lines

Photo courtesy of the Delta Museum

Delta Air Lines had the largest L-1011 fleet in the world, with a total of 70 of the type. It was also the first carrier to operate three wide-bodied aircraft -- the L-1011, the Boeing 747 and the Douglas DC-10.

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British Airways

Photo courtesy of Michel Gilliand/Wikipedia

The L-1011 was ordered by British European Airways before the carrier merged in 1972 with British Overseas Airways Corporation. The merger created British Airways, which eventually took six of the type.

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Photo courtesy of S.Fujioka/Wikipedia

This Japanese carrier used the Lockheed L-1011 for its large capacity cargo flights. It was used on the carrier's first overseas route to Guam.

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Pan Am

Photo courtesy of Pedro Aragão/Wikipedia

The New York-based global carrier flew 12 of this aircraft type between 1980 and 1986.  

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Photo courtesy of Sunil Gupta/Wikipedia

 At the time of its demise on April 3, 2008, the carrier had three L-1011s in its fleet. The aircraft were used for military charter flights.

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TWA L-1011 Interior

Image courtesy of JonProctor.net

This is a photo of the coach lounge on TWA's Ambassador service on an L-1011.

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Photo courtesy of Steve Fitzgerald/Wikipedia

The carrier had 24 L-1011s in its fleet between 1977 and 1998.  

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Royal Aviation

Photo of Aero Icarus/Flickr

This Canadian-based carrier operated two Lockheed L-1011 TriStar jets.

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Royal Jordanian

Photo courtesy of Felix Goetting/Wikipedia

In the 1980s, the country's flag carrier had two L-1011s in its fleet. 

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