Shinto religious rites were used to bless the first Lockheed L-1011 Tristar jet delivered to All Nippon Airways at a ceremony in California's Mojave Desert in December.
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CU Japanese representative signs agreement
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SV Japanese in ceremonial costume waves tasselled wand across Tristar engine and wing in hangar
SV Pan Audience
SV Japanese girl in ceremonial costume dances (to music)
SV Japanese man with spring in hand bows before little altar near aircraft
SV American representative does the same
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SV Okasa and Kochin together as Kochin completes painting
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Background: Shinto religious rites were used to bless the first Lockheed L-1011 Tristar jet delivered to All Nippon Airways at a ceremony in California's Mojave Desert in December.
All Nippon Airways, the seventh largest air carrier in the world, have ordered 21 Tristars. The jet, which was developed at Lockheed's base in Palmdale, California, is claimed by the company to be the quietest of the wide-bodied airliners. It's believed to be 30 to 60 per cent quieter than older jets.
A.N.A. will introduce the Tristars to passenger service early in 1974. Their version will carry 306 passengers, although the L-1011 can carry a maximum of 400 passengers.
At the delivery ceremony, the Reverend Taiichi Tsuyuki, head minister of the Konko church in Los Angeles, conducted traditional Japanese rites. He asked Kami (God) to bless the journey of the Tristar jet to Japan and to bring continuing prosperity to A.N.A. and Lockheed, and peace and happiness to all mankind. The final ritual was of the drinking of holy sake by executives of the two companies.