PALMDALE, Calif., The second Lockheed L-1011 Tri Star jetliner made its first flight here today (one hour and 25 minutes) to enter Lockheed's flight test program on schedule.
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Background: PALMDALE, Calif., The second Lockheed L-1011 Tri Star jetliner made its first flight here today (one hour and 25 minutes) to enter Lockheed's flight test program on schedule.
Powered by three Rolls-Royce RB.211 turbofan engines, the Tri Star bore the markings of Trans World Airlines. It was flown by lockheed-California Company engineering test pilot Ralph C. Cokeley.
The first L-1011, which made its inaugural flight last Nov. 16, has now compiled some 53 flying hours in the test series. The third L-1011, with Eastern Airlines striping, is scheduled to enter the test program in mid-March.
Flights also are continuing here with the L-1011's avionics equipment aboard a Convair 240 test bed aircraft.
Fatigue testing, with a structurally complete L-1011 installed in a massive test rig here, continues on an around-the-clock basis. The program eventually will simulate 36,000 individual airline flights.
Tests also continue on schedule with a partial L-1011 structure in a static test rig at Palmdale, and with various systems of the aircraft in a full-size simulator at the company's Rye Canyon Research Laboratory.