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      Post #40540, posted on 12-26-2011 GMT-5 hours    

      As usual, while searching for a totally subject, came across a Lockheed advertisement that was placed in several aviation magazines in September 1972, to announce the BEA signing! Though British European Airways had always preferred the Tristar, the prospects early on were not good, as the British Government was a full partner in the Airbus program. It was only after their governments withdrawal from the program in 1969 that prospects for a BEA L-1011 grew. Though it would take another (4) years of negotiations but finally in August a L-O-I was signed for (6) plus (6) of the proposed long-range -2 for BOAC. The order was 'officially' announced on September 26, 1972.
      One of the considerations that BEA made prior to the order was the possibility of a mixed RB.211-24 powered A300/L-1011 fleet but was rejected as too costly. BEA's Chairman Henry Marking said that "The Tristar was the aircraft that gave better results when applied to BEA's particular route network".
      Sadly, though the BEA L-1011's would never make it into service, the new British Airways Tristars began service in January 1975.

      The original BEA/BOAC long-range A/C (6) options would be converted into orders for the -500 in August 1976. The British Airways Tristar fleet would eventually number (23).........John (Thanks to www.williamdemarest.com[BA-postcard] & Flight International.com)

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      Post #40545, posted on 12-26-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      When I worked for Air New Zealand in Network Logistics, the Fleet Planning office was next door. That had a collection of models from various manufacturers, obviously used as gifts for marketing purposes. I remember seeing a Tristar painted in the original Air New Zealand colours. It looked so odd. Damn I wish I'd knicked it.

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      Post #40547, posted on 12-26-2011 GMT-5 hours    
      If we could have 'do-overs' what a long list we'd all have!




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