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The Lockheed L-1011 (L1011) TriStar is a widebody trijet airliner that was launched in March 1968 in response to an American Airlines requirement (though they never operated the type) for a large capacity, short-to-medium range jetliner capable of taking off from smaller busy airports in the US. Although suffering a number of difficulties in the early stages of development, the TriStar went on to gain an excellent reputation for its reliability, economy, low noise emissions, and advanced technology. This section covers the entire history of this magnificient airliner from its birth to today in a 'story' format.


This section gives you the technical specifications of the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar. It covers data such as wing span, length, height, maximum capacity, maximum takeoff weight, maximum speed, and maximum range. Information is given for all L-1011 variants, the -1, -50, -100, -150, -200, -250 and -500 in an easy-to-see table format.


What makes the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar special? This section introduces some of the amazing innovations that are incorporated in this trijet. Many thanks to Ralph Freshour, former L-1011 flight engineer instructor with Lockheed for making this section possible.


Latest news related to the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar are posted here to keep you up-to-date on how the TriStar is doing (or not) in today's fast-paced airline industry. News on incidents and non-airline subjects, such as military work, is also covered as long as it is TriStar-related.


You will find articles featuring significant TriStar subjects. Many of them have been written by the people who actually work or have worked with the trijet. New articles are posted irregularly.


The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar is also known as one of the most trouble-free jetliners ever built and even now after over 30 years since it first entered service, the TriStar has not had any serious accidents that have been attributed to mechanical faults yet. However, there have been a couple of cases where human error and force of nature caused tragedies. This section covers the major accidents and incidents of the TriStar.


How many L-1011s do they operate? Find it all here in an easy-to-use table format. The upper portion gives the number of L-1011s operated by airlines and the total number of TriStars in service, while the lower portion gives a complete fleet breakdown and notes the variant, registration, manufacturer's serial number (msn), and remarks including leasing data. To see what owners an aircraft has gone through, you can check the msn in the production list (explained below).


A complete detailed history of each and every 250 Lockheed L-1011 TriStar built. Listed in the order of the manufacturer's serial number (msn), the table notes the variant, latest registration, census (operator or condition), first flight date, and the history of the airframe including all operators, registrations, dates, storage information, etc. A key to all abbreviations used in the table is at the bottom of the page. If you remember the registration or msn of the L-1011 you flew on, it may be interesting to track which operators the aircraft had passed through before your travel and where it went after.


Divided into six sections, this photo gallery holds almost 600 photos of Lockheed L-1011 TriStars that were taken all over the globe. 'Primary Operators' focuses on photos of the original operators, while 'Secondary Operators' means operators that acquired L-1011s only on the second-hand market. Another section features photos of L-1011s stored or being scrapped in the airliner boneyards in southwestern US. If you have photos of the TriStar you don't mind posting, it would be greatly appreciated if you would contribute some to the gallery.


Tell us your stories! Whether you are or were a crew, maintenance personnel, passenger, or a TriStar spotter, if you have memories of the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar you wish to share, you are more than welcome to do so here. Please email your stories to the editor.


Are you looking for a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar or related parts? This section may help you find it. Do you have something related to the TriStar you would like to get rid of? This section is reserved for you. You are welcome to post items here absolutely free of charge. Please email the information of the item you wish to sell.


Looking for more aviation-related websites? Most of the websites on this page have exchanged links with us, so please visit them. If I am missing your website, please feel free to email me, let's exchange links!


Miscellaneous items of the editor belong to this section.

Editor's Note

This page was last updated on: March 27, 2005