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Offline marko16

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Tristars at bfs
« on: March 02, 2018, 07:38:26 PM »
Would be interested in any american trans air tristar pics at bfs previously, was the first widebody i worked on, year 2000 i think?

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2018, 08:04:04 PM »
Iíve a cam recorder video of 5 Tristars on the ground at the same time at int . 2 Air Transat , 2 Royal Aiirlines and 1 American trans air .

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2018, 08:27:53 PM »
Class, love the retro stuff

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2018, 09:11:00 PM »
I flew on a BA one ex Belfast on the flight deck, which is certainly changed times. Would have been late '80s.

If you'd asked me I'd have said it was on my way to Air Fete and the T'star was on the shuttle due to a McGuigan fight, but looking at the dates no Barry fight tallies.  So I'm wrong about one or the other, quite possibly both!
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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2018, 12:18:20 PM »
They did put tri stars on at Christmas now and again. When I worked in the airport early 90s BA used a American trans air 727 on the shuttle at Belfast . There was way more variety of types back then .

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2018, 01:46:29 PM »
No pics, sorry. But...

BA started to use Tristar 1s on the Heathrow service 2 x daily in the mid-to-late 1970s. I can't remember when they stopped.

They would park nose-in (facing North) on the eastern side of the apron (Stand 7, outside what is now Jet Assist).

The arriving passengers would walk across to the old Gate 6 and down the arrivals corridor towards the baggage reclaim. But, before they got there, they had to reclaim their hand baggage (none allowed on board in those days). The Airport had to build a hand baggage 'delivery system' into the wall of the arrivals corridor (3 or 4 metal racks atop each other, each rack had positions for about 10 pieces of hand baggage).

Those were the days... ;)

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2018, 02:49:14 PM »
Class old bandit, the only ones i remember were air transat,RAF, ata and ba

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2018, 03:19:45 PM »
Air Canada, Worldways Canada and Rich International also operated the Tristar from BFS...

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2018, 04:40:19 PM »
If my memory serves me correctly there were Tristars coming in and out of Belfast from around 1976 on some of the Heathrow flights.  There may also have been the odd British Caledonian one as well.

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2018, 04:59:51 PM »
Did ATA ever fly the Tri-star from Belfast to Orlando via Gander? Flew with them in the 90s but can't remember if we went direct from Belfast, or flew to Manchester/London first.
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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2018, 06:00:51 PM »
I had a rummage through my pics and I only have two of a Tristar,a RAF K.1 example,ZD949 from 2005 ish.
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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2018, 06:39:41 PM »
Did ATA ever fly the Tri-star from Belfast to Orlando via Gander? Flew with them in the 90s but can't remember if we went direct from Belfast, or flew to Manchester/London first.
Thay was the one ata tristar to sanford, they didnt bring any ulds in so we had to bulk load her, fun fun

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2018, 11:13:08 PM »
Are there any tristars still flying? Or is everything a museum piece at this stage?

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2018, 12:47:21 AM »
Are there any tristars still flying? Or is everything a museum piece at this stage?

This would appear to be it.

https://www.airlinereporter.com/2017/07/rare-lockheed-l-1011-tristar-returns-skies/

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2018, 05:43:39 PM »
Did ATA ever fly the Tri-star from Belfast to Orlando via Gander? Flew with them in the 90s but can't remember if we went direct from Belfast, or flew to Manchester/London first.

yes they did, flew with them mid 1990's and remember being dumped off into a portakabin in Gander while refuelling.  Felt like cattle enroute to abbatoir :-(    Couple of stereotypical US highway patrol loookalike types herding us was only sign of life there!

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2018, 06:08:02 PM »
Hard to believe they had to refuel compared to the distances stuff flying today cover.

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2018, 12:29:22 PM »
There were complaints from local business fora and the NI Tourist Board when BA introduced the TriStar  in 1975 because they also reduced frequency from seven to five daily.  The airport wasn't happy either as it took twice as long to turn-around a TriStar as a Trident.

Another oddity of the era was that the BA aircraft carried catering for both legs of the journey as the union refused to accept food prepared in Belfast!
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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2018, 03:59:59 PM »
Last time I saw a Tristar at Aldergrove was 27/05/13

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2018, 05:43:46 PM »
Great pictures guys.

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2018, 07:10:50 PM »
Phone snaps of a page from the Newtownards Chronicle in January 1986 re: Worldways TriStars operating for Ulster Maple Leaf Travel.  Downstairs bar!

I never seem to have a proper camera to hand when I find these things but hopefully they're legible when scaled to fit here.




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Re: Tristars at bfs
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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2018, 09:27:40 AM »
The Worldways TriStars with the lounges ( C-GIES and C-GIFE ) were originally with PSA in California in 1974; they didn't need the cargo capacity for short-haul services and so took the lounge option offered by Lockheed.

After PSA parked them in the desert at Marana AZ after less than seven months of service they realised they didn't have a termination clause in the contract... and were paying $10,000 per day for the lease from Bank of America.  To try to make them more attractive Lockheed upgraded the pair to higher-weight TriStar 100s.

The pair were sub-leased to AeroPeru and then sold to Worldways in 1985, much to PSA's relief.

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Re: Tristars at bfs
« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2018, 09:27:28 PM »
I saw a DC-10 around march this year I have pics on my flickr page

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« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2018, 01:26:30 AM »
I saw a DC-10 around march this year I have pics on my flickr page

Do you have a link?