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TriStar History and Preservation, Inc. to preserve a former TAP Air Portugal Lockheed L-1011 TriStar in TWA colors at Kansas City

TriStar L-1011-385-3 N91011 (Grd) VCV (TriStar)(LR)

TriStar History and Preservation, Inc, (Kansas City) is planning to ferry former TAP Air Portugal Lockheed L-1011-385-3 TriStar 500 N91011 (msn 1241, ex CS-TMR) (above) from Victorville, CA (VCV) to Kansas City where it will be preserved in TWA colors. The society is also preserving former TWA McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N948TW (msn 49575) “Wings of Pride” in its original TWA colors.

TWA operated 41 Lockheed L-1011s but ironically not the TriStar 500 model.

From TriStar’s website:

TriStar logo

Since TriStar’s incorporation on January 14, 2013 we’ve worked hard to establish the aviation, accounting, maintenance, banking, risk management and other expertise to ensure this non-profit serves the community ethically and safely. We operate in compliance with FAA and IRS guidelines while implementing accounting practices that can track donations and expenses to specific aircraft and programs for transparent and effective fiscal management. We respect and are committed to growing the confidence our corporate and individual supporter have already shown us.

With a solid foundation TriStar has begun to share plans with the community at large. TriStar owns 3 aircraft plus a full motion flight simulator and will soon return to service its first aircraft to be used for both ground-based and in-flight programs.

The BAC 1-11 flight simulator has been moved from England to Kansas City via ocean freight. The simulator is in temporary storage until established in its new operating site.

The BAC 1-11 (N999BW) is being housed at Jet Midwest Technik and cared for by our directors of maintenance. Our pilot could fly it, but sadly a perfect engine is out of calendar time and requires either significant maintenance or a complete replacement. We’re hunting for a new engine and how to pay for it. We’re been told by several organizations that performing the required maintenance on the current engine as well as acquiring a suitable alternate engine are both about $250,000 to 300,000.

TriStar N91011 cockpit

Above Photo: The cockpit of N91011.

The L-1011 (N91011) now effectively ready to fly resides at its restoration site Pacific Aerospace in Victorville, California. We’ll ferry it to Kansas City as the next steps for painting and parking are finalized.

The MD-83 (N948TW) Wings of Pride will likely be the first to return to service. We’ll finish the effort to repaint to her original livery. This work is underway at the paint shop at Jet Midwest. We’ll also install new engines. These engines are expensive but less so than the BAC’s and more readily available.

Much has been accomplished but much remains to be done. We’ll soon share plans to provide educational aviation programs. Supporters have voiced concerns over the need to transfer knowledge from this generation to the next. We share this concern and are working to put TriStar’s aircraft assets to use toward this end.

Importantly TriStar has accomplished what is has because of people like you who love aviation and believe the use of these aircraft will inspire the next generation to greater achievement in STEM fields of study.

A history of N91011 (according to TriStar):

September 1979   Ordered to Lockheed by TAP Air Portugal

March 16, 1983   Delivered to TAP Air Portugal; registered CS-TEC; named “Gago Coutinho”

January 1990   Leased to TAAG Angola Airlines until June 1997; kept CS-TEC registration during leasing

October 1997   Sold to Finans Skandic and leased to Novair; re-registered SE-DVF

April 2000   Bought by Air Luxor; leased to Novair

June 2000  Leased to YES – Linhas Aéreas Charter; re-registered CS-TMR

June 3, 2000  YES starts operations; first flight to Cancun

May 2002  Sub-leased to BWIA during a month, replacing a BWIA L1011 in heavy maintenance

May 2003  Returned to Air Luxor

January 2004  Transferred to LUZair; operating under Air Luxor’s AOC; blue tail and no titles

June 2004  Seen operating for DCA – Dutch Caribbean Airlines between Curaçao and Amsterdam

July 6, 2004  Compressor stall in engine #1; sustained damage in a landing gear after high energy RTO

July 31, 2004  Post repair, stall in same engine led to AOG condition; stored at AMS awaiting new engines

October 2006  Began reactivation works at AMS to put aircraft again in the air

January 2007  Three new engines fitted

July 20, 2007  Ferry flight from AMS to LIS

August 18, 2007  Ferried to VCV for C-check

October 2008  C-check complete

January 2014  TriStar History and Preservation Inc. acquires from Banco Espirito Santo in Lisbon, Portugal

January 2014  Maintenance work begins for ferry flight of aircraft from VCV to Kansas City International

January 2014  Re-registered by TriStar from CS-TMR to N91011

TriStar L-1011-385-3 N91011 cabin

Above Photo: The cabin of N91011.

All photos by TriStar History and Preservation Inc. For more information on the organization: CLICK HERE

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QANTAS Airways to introduce a Boeing 737-800 retrojet in November

QANTAS logo (large)

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) is going to introduce a retrojet in November with the delivery of its 75th Boeing 737-800 (VH-XZP). The airline issued this statement:

For the first time in QANTAS’ 94 year history, the airline will introduce a “retro” livery on one of its brand new Boeing 737 aircraft as a flying tribute to 70 years of its iconic kangaroo logo.

The original kangaroo symbol, that was adapted from the Australian one penny coin, was initially painted beneath the cockpit of QANTAS’ first Liberator aircraft G-AGKT in 1944 following the airline’s decision to name its Indian Ocean passage the Kangaroo Service.

Group Executive for Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth said the kangaroo that now features on the tail of every single QANTAS aircraft is well and truly part of the Australian story.

“For 70 years the flying kangaroo has been a symbol of aviation innovation around the world, driving higher standards in safety, technology, product and service,” said Ms Wirth.

QANTAS Kanagroo

“Our kangaroo logo represents our proud history, inextricably linked with the development of commercial aviation in Australia. It has also become a symbol of ‘home’ to Australians travelling both here and abroad.

“A retro livery is the perfect tribute to our iconic flying kangaroo logo and its 70th anniversary. While it serves as a nod to our heritage, having it fly on one of our brand new Boeing 737-800s highlights our commitment to being an aviation innovator when it comes to new aircraft and modern technology.

“QANTAS has flown under many liveries throughout its 94 year history and I know this historic design will bring back a lot of memories for many of our customers who have chosen to fly with us over the years.”

QANTAS will take delivery of its new Boeing 737-800 from the Boeing Factory in Seattle in late November. It will be the 75th Boeing 737-800 to join the QANTAS fleet.

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. QANTAS Airways’ Lockheed 188C Electra VH-ECD (msn 2008) shows a smaller kangaroo logo on the tail portraying the basic 1959 modified livery that was introduced with the Lockheed Electras.

History of the flying kangaroo:

The original Kangaroo symbol appearing on QANTAS aircraft was adapted from the Australian one penny coin.

1944 – The kangaroo was first painted beneath the cockpit of QANTAS’ (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services) first Liberator aircraft G-AGKT, following QANTAS’ decision to name its Indian Ocean passage the Kangaroo Service. The symbol featured on all later aircraft.

1947 – The winged kangaroo symbol was created for the introduction of QANTAS’ Lockheed 749 Constellations. They were the first QANTAS aircraft to carry the Flying Kangaroo and the first to operate right through to London with QANTAS crews. The Flying Kangaroo was later placed in a circle in 1968.

1984 – The Flying Kangaroo lost its wings once again in an updated logo and was refined to a more slender, stylized presentation.

1995 – A logo created for the airline’s 75th anniversary year was added to all QANTAS jet aircraft. It brought together the Flying Kangaroo symbol and the words ’75 years’ to mark QANTAS’ contribution to civil aviation.

2007 – QANTAS unveiled a new interpretation of its iconic logo, designed to reflect the changing structure of the airline’s new generation aircraft, and keeping with Qantas’ increasing focus on contemporary design for its in-flight and on-the-ground products.

QANTAS Airways: AG Slide Show

A history of the QANTAS logos:

QANTAS historic logos

 

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is still going strong at 60

The Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules reaches another major milestone on August 23 marking the 60th anniversary of its first flight at Burbank, California, in 1954.

The company has issued this statement:

To honor this historic C-130 anniversary, Lockheed Martin invites members of the worldwide Hercules community to share their C-130 memories, experiences, photos and videos. From Aug. 18 through Sept. 30, stories can be shared through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube. Stories will be collected on a Lockheed Martin-sponsored website and shared with page viewers. To ensure stories are included on this site, the hashtag “#herc60” must be included within each post. Submissions also can be emailed to c-130-communications.gr-aero@lmco.com and they will be manually posted on the anniversary site.

In addition, special videos, photos and features saluting the C-130 will be posted daily to Lockheed Martin’s corporate webpage, Code One Magazine, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube accounts throughout the week of Aug. 18-23.

Since its debut, the C-130 Hercules has exhibited a combination of rugged tenacity, unmatched flexibility and continuous innovation that continue to make it the global airlifter choice. The C-130 has the longest, continuous military aircraft production run in history and is one of the top three longest, continuous aircraft production lines of any type.

The aircraft is widely considered as the world’s most proven workhorse. To date, more than 2,500 C-130s have been ordered and/or delivered to 63 nations. The C-130 operates out of 70 countries and has been produced in more than 70 variants. All of the C-130’s production models have been built at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Marietta facility.

“In its first six decades, the C-130 shaped aviation history, redefined industry standards and exhibited flexibility that other aircraft have yet to match,” said George Shultz, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager, C-130 Programs. “The C-130 remains the world’s most proven airlifter because of its ability to adapt, remain relevant and deliver results no matter the mission. As we celebrate the Hercules, we want to thank the people who designed, and now build, deliver, fly, maintain and sustain it. It’s their contributions that have kept the global C-130 fleet flying and will continue to do so for decades to come.”

The Hercules has been everywhere and is known for its ability to tackle any mission, anywhere, at any time. Aircrews have flown it to both poles, landed or airdropped military supplies to combat hot spots and performed countless relief operations around the globe. From the highest air strips in the Himalayas to landing on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean, the C-130 regularly – and proudly – defies expectations.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The C-130 is mainly a military transport aircraft. However several airlines have operated the civilian version. Of course the civilian version, the current Lockheed 382G (L-100-30), remains a viable and tough airline transport to this day in many remote parts of the world. Even passenger carriers like Delta Air Lines have operated the Hercules on dedicated cargo routes. An earlier model, the pictured Lockheed 382E-6C Hercules (L-100-20) N9259R (msn 4176), is seen at the Atlanta base on October 3, 1969. This aircraft was delivered on October 14, 1966. Delta replaced its Curtiss C-46 freighters with this newer turboprop freighter. The dedicated freighter service was short-lived.

Delta Air Lines (historic): AG Slide Show

Hercules Slide Show: AG Slide Show

Iberia celebrates 60 years of flying to New York

Iberia (Madrid) this week is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first flight from Madrid to New York and return on August 3, 1954 on a 74-seat Lockheed 1049E Super Constellation. Five days later, on August 8, 1954, Iberia started regular service with three roundtrips a week between the two cities.

Today, 60 years later, Iberia serves the route with 17 roundtrips a week mainly flown with Airbus A340-600s and A330-300s.

Iberia: AG Slide Show

Video: Iberia.

QANTAS Airways celebrates 60 years of flying to the United States

QANTAS 747SP VH-EAA (70)(Flt)(QANTAS)(LRW)

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first trans-Pacific services to the USA.

On May 15, 1954, a 60-passenger QANTAS Airways Lockheed 1049C Super Constellation aircraft departed Sydney for San Francisco and Vancouver. The journey to San Francisco took around 30 flying hours and involved fuel stops at Fiji, Canton Island and Hawaii.

QANTAS named this the Southern Cross Route in honor of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew who made the first flight in 1928.

QANTAS International CEO Simon Hickey said the sixty year milestone highlighted Qantas’ ongoing commitment to the USA.

“QANTAS is proud of its flying history to the US. Some of our most historic moments have been on the trans-Pacific route including the start of the jet age in 1959 with our first Boeing 707 services and introducing the largest commercial passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, on the route in 2008,” said Mr Hickey.

“The milestone comes in a year where QANTAS is investing significantly in the customer experience to the US, including the opening of our new First and Business Lounges in Los Angeles and the introduction of A380 services between Sydney and Dallas/Ft. Worth from September.

The airline first established itself in North America in San Francisco in 1954, when it took over the operations of British Commonwealth Pacific Airline in September 1947.

This year also marks thirty years since QANTAS Airways began nonstop flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles beginning in April 1984. These services were operated by the long-range Boeing 747SP (above) with a flying time of around 16 hours. Today, the flying time is around 13 hours.

QANTAS is the only carrier to operate A380 services between the US and Australia.

QANTAS flights to the USA include:

Direct daily Airbus A380 services from Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles

A daily Boeing 747-400 service from Sydney to New York via Los Angeles

A direct daily Boeing 747-400 service from Brisbane to Los Angeles

Three Boeing 767-300 services per week between Sydney and Honolulu and;

A daily Boeing 747-400 from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth, which will move to a six per week Airbus A380 service from September 29.

Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways. The pictured Boeing 747SP-38 (Special Performance) VH-EAA (msn 22495) was handed over to QANTAS on January 19, 1981. VH-EAA is pictured over the Cascade Mountains in Washington State in the original 1970 color scheme.

QANTAS Airways: AG Slide Show

Algerian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules with 99 passengers and four crew members crashes in eastern Algeria

Algerian Air Force (Algiers) Lockheed C-130H Hercules (believed to be the pictured 7T-WHM) crashed today (February 11) in the mountains of eastern Algeria, killing the 99 passengers and four crew members on board, including women and children, according to CNN quoting the Algerie Presse Service. There have been conflicting reports on the exact number of people on board. All occupants except one are believed to have died in the crash.

The Hercules was carrying members of the Algerian Air Force and their dependents. The passenger aircraft was flying from Tamanrasset in southern Algeria to Constantine in the east, the Defense Ministry said in a statement according to CNN. The C-130H crashed in a mountainous area near Aïn Kercha, about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of the Constantine Airport.

The aircraft is believed to have been on an approach to runway 34 at Constantine Airport when it crashed.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Algerian Air Force Lockheed C-130H (382G) 7T-WHM (msn 4919) departs from Geneva.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Another view of 7T-WHM arriving at Munich.

Evergreen International Airlines files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Evergreen International Airlines (McMinnville, Oregon and Marana, Arizona) despite denials of rumors by senior management, in the waning hours of December 31, 2013, filed for voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in a federal court in the state of Delaware. The company will be liquidated.

According to this report by Bloomberg, some of Evergreen’s creditors filed papers on December 17 in a Brooklyn, New York court to force the airline to pay its bills. This filing forced the bankruptcy filing.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Evergreen International logo

The airline was established by Delford M. Smith and commenced operations in 1960 as Evergreen Helicopters. It acquired the operating certificate of Johnson Flying Service (later Johnson Air) (Missoula) and merged it with Intermountain Aviation to establish the current Evergreen International Airlines on November 28, 1978.

Previously the airline issued this statement on November 8, 2013:

McMinnville, Oregon — November 8, 2013

As has been previously reported in the press, Evergreen’s business has been adversely impacted over the past several years by decreased demand in military spending and weakness in global economic markets. Management has moved to aggressively address these challenges, including through the divestiture of businesses and assets and the significant reduction of secured debt. Evergreen is in discussions with its significant constituencies and is exploring available strategic alternatives with those constituencies. While Evergreen generally does not comment on market rumor or conjecture, rumors that a decision has been made to cease operations at this time are false. Evergreen remains committed to continuing to address the current business environment with its customers.

Delford M. Smith
Chief Executive Officer,
Evergreen International Aviation, Inc.

Top Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. Evergreen International was the famous operator of the Boeing 747 “Supertanker”. Formerly operated by Delta Air Lines, Boeing 747-132 (SF) N479EV (msn 19898) taxies at Hahn, Germany as the “979 Supertanker”.

Evergreen International Airlines: AG Slide Show

Johnson Air: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Before it was Evergreen International, the company was Johnson Air (Johnson Flying Service). Ex-Western Airlines Lockheed 188A Electra N7137C (msn 1074) rests at the earlier “Big Sky” Missoula, Montana base.

 

Royal Jordanian celebrates 50 years of flying, will introduce the Boeing 787 on July 1, 2014

Royal Jordanian Airlines (Amman) this month celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The flag carrier launched scheduled passenger flights on December 15, 1963 as Alia-The Royal Jordanian Airline (Air Jordan) between Amman and Beirut. The airline adopted the current name on December 15, 1986.

Royal Jordanian logo-1

Majesty King Abdullah II joined the airline on December 22 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee according to the airline. RJ has introduced a new 50th emblem which is likely to appear on its aircraft The airline is also issuing 50 days of daily free tickets.

Royal Jordanian 50th Anniversary logo

The airline issued this statement and photo:

His Majesty King Abdullah II joined Royal Jordanian on Sunday, December 22, 2013, in a celebration to mark the national carrier’s 50thanniversary.

During a visit to RJ’s new premises, the King toured a photo exhibition depicting the flag carrier’s development since its launch in 1963 and also viewed a model of a modern aircraft and its functions from take-off to landing.

The King and the attendees also watched a film about the development of RJ, which launched its maiden flight to Beirut on December 15, which was later followed by other destinations across various continents.

His Majesty congratulated the RJ staff on the airline’s golden jubilee, expressing his pride in and appreciation for their relentless efforts to upgrade “this national edifice” over five decades.

“Through its glitter, RJ has become a real ambassador of the country and an embodiment of its bright image as it circled the world in its name,” the King wrote in the visitors’ book, urging the airline to pursue its efforts to boost its competitiveness in the region and the world.

During the ceremony, attended by His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Ibn Al Hussein, Prime Minister Abdullah Nsour and senior officials, King Abdullah honoured a number of staff members and ex-employees for their contributions to RJ. He also received a memento, a Boeing 787 yoke, from the Chairman of the Board of Directors Nasser Lozi.

Lozi said in remarks during the ceremony that RJ’s golden jubilee marks the carrier’s history and the ability of its staff from multiple generations to build an airline whose roots run deep at home and which has spread its branches across the world.

He said the company had made remarkable growth and expanded through various stages of the Kingdom’s development and sought to promote the national values of a sense of belonging, maintaining traditions and hospitality.

Lozi said human resources are the backbone of RJ’s development and modernisation as it relied on the expertise, loyalty and keenness of its staff to put the airline among the world’s prestigious airlines

Royal Jordanian President/CEO Amer Hadidi said: “The 50 past years of RJ lifetime is a source of pride for all of us. RJ is dream that came true with the persistent efforts of loyal Jordanians that could manage to build this edifice with very limited potentials.”

He added that the airline has promising future plans including growing its fleet and increasing the destinations on its route network, adding that RJ will be receiving the first 5 Boeing 787 aircraft in the second half of 2014, helping RJ to reach new heights and to fly to more cities around the world.

Hadidi said the airline intends to invest in the aviation industry in the field of maintenance and ground handling, and to expand in this area by providing these services in the regional markets. He pointed that RJ has the required expertise and capabilities qualifying it to contribute to the development of aviation in the Arab world, particularly the countries that witnessed the transformation of the Arab Spring and are in need of such services.”

In other news, Royal Jordanian is planning to introduce its first new 267-seat Boeing 787-8 initially on the Amman-Jeddah route on July 1, 2014 followed by the twice-weekly Amman-Lagos-Accra route the next day according to Airline Route. Twice-weekly Amman-Montreal (Trudeau) will be introduced on July 3 followed by weekly Amman-Abu Dhabi service on July 5.

Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Royal Jordanian Airlines’ Airbus A330-223 JY-AIF (msn 979) approaches the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Royal Jordanian: AG Slide Show

Alia: AG Slide Show

Video:

Bottom Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. Alia’s Lockheed L-1011-385-3 TriStar 500 JY-AGB (msn 1219) taxies at Paris (Orly) in the ornate 1981 livery.

Historic Photo of the Day – May 18, 2013

Coastal Air Lines Lockheed 049-46-10 (C-69-5-LO) Constellation N2737A (msn 1976) OAK (Christian Volpati Collection). Image: 912167.

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati Collection.

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An End of an Era: Atlantic Airlines retires its last Lockheed Electra

Atlantic Airlines (UK) (Coventry) yesterday (April 27) reached a milestone for the company.

Atlantic Airlines’ last airworthy Lockheed Electra, the pictured 188C (F) G-LOFC (msn 1100), ferried from Katowice to Coventry in the early hours of April 27 after operating the final Electra commercial flight from Leipzig on behalf of DHL.

The converted freighter has been sold to Buffalo Airways (Yellowknife) and departed for Keflavik just after 1045 local time. Atlantic Airlines
staff were out in force to wave it off, the departure was filmed for “Ice Pilots”, it received a water canon salute and then made a final approach and flyby before departing to its new home.

There are still two derelict Electras parked up at Coventry. However G-LOFC was also the last airworthy Electra in Europe.

This aircraft was originally delivered to American Airlines as N6123A “Flagship Nashville” on October 22, 1959.

Thank you to Gordon Stretch for this report and photos.

Atlantic Airlines (UK): AG Slide Show

Copyright Photos Below: Gordon Stretch. G-LOFC is given the traditional water cannon salute on its departure from CVT. The last operational Electra leaves Europe.

Atlantic Airlines (UK) 188CF G-LOFE (Grd) CVT (GST)(LR)

Atlantic Airlines (UK) 188CF G-LOFE (Tko) CVT (GST)(LR)