Date: 19 Apr 99 02:22:06 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen H. Westin) Organization: Cornell University Program of Computer Graphics References: 1 Followups: 1 2 3
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email@example.com writes: > Sorry if this is an obvious question: I've checked the FAQ and > it doesn't seem to be there. The question is: having travelled in the > US, Europe and Asia, I see plenty of DC10's and older 747's, but I > never see a Tristar these days. Why is that? Did the marque fall > from commercial favour or dod Lockheed withdraw support....or did they > just _go_ somewhere? Well, production ceased a long time ago: I believe long before the end of the DC-10. Since there was no way to update a fleet with similar airplanes, I think the L-1011 became the odd one out in various fleets, so it was sold off faster than the DC-10 or 747. They are now following the 707 and DC-8 (and now the 727) down the food chain, used by charter operators and such. I don't think they're popular as freighters, as are the 727, DC-10, and older 747, perhaps because there just never were that many of them. Last I knew, Delta was still flying them, but I think they are leaving soon. BTW: How can the Tristar be L-1011 if the old Constellation was L-1049? Do Lockheed model numbers run in reverse? -- -Stephen H. Westin Any information or opinions in this message are mine: they do not represent the position of Cornell University or any of its sponsors.