50 years of the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar

Exactly half a century ago today, Lockheed flew its TriStar for the first time. Key.Aero charts the rise and fall of this technologically advanced trijet 

In a world dominated by Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A350s, it’s easy to forget that there was once a time when the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar was considered the most technologically advanced aircraft in the skies. Exactly 50 years ago today on November 16, 1970, the first flight lifted off from Palmdale in southern California and promised an exciting new era for consumers and airline companies alike, who were embracing the thrills of the jet age.  

Although the initial

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