Re: Concorde Down

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Wed Aug 09 2000 - 23:53:15 MDT

"Michael S. Lorrey" wrote:

> > Ja, well Lockheed kicked Boeing butt that time. Of course, they
> > kicked ours in the 747 vs L1011 contest... {8-[ spike
> The L-1011 is my favorite air liner. I used to love to fly on them with
> TWA when flying from Seattle to Boston nonstop. The huge legroom that
> coach seats had was incredible (wide seats too).

Mine too. Even my modern standards it is a very comfortable aircraft
for the long haul. If you want an interesting discussion of the L1011
vs its real competitor the Douglas DC 10, Ben Rich discusses it in his
book Skunk Works. The DC10 had the straight thru tail engine, which
forced the rudder to be shorter, which required the wing engines to
be closer inboard so that in a one-engine-out condition, the shorter
rudder could overcome the resultant yaw. The L1011 had the more
expensive and complicated (Lockheed loves to do things this way
whenever possible) S-shaped thrust duct, allowing a longer rudder,
allowing the wing engines to be further outboard, so the passenger
compartment is quieter. The company calculated it would need to
sell 250 of the 1011s to break even, and it sold 246 if memory
serves correctly. spike

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