Lifecycle of a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Bob Taylor's query to us in the 'Readers' Feedback' section, regarding L-1011 TriStar lounges, led to quite an interesting lifecycle of the two aircraft that saw service with Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA).
Registration N10112 was delivered to PSA in July 1974 however (as stated previously) its service was short lived. It was withdrawn from service in April 1975 and later returned to Lockheed.
It was leased to AeroPerú in December 1978, carrying the name 'Ciudad de Lima', until again withdrawn and returned to the lessor in June 1982.
It was leased by Worldways Canada (pictured in issue header), under registration C-GIES, from June 1985 until October 1990, when Worldways ceased operation.
In 1994, it was acquired by 'Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation' and converted into 'The Flying Hospital'.
As per PlaneSpotters.net, it was operated by Eagle Jet Aviation but remained in the capacity of a flying hospital for following 20 years.
In December 2015, it was purchased by Tristar History and Preservation Incorporated and parked at Tucson, Arizona (pictured below). It was ferried to Kansas City (MCI) in July 2017 for preservation as an educational airframe.
Editors' Note: The second PSA L-1011 TriStar was also briefly in service with AeroPerú before being acquired by Worldways Canada and registered C-GIFE and was sent to storage in Kingman Arizona after Worldways ceased operation. It remained in storage until broken up in February 1997.
Photo by Alan Wilson at commons.wikimedia.org/