The United States' newest jetliner, the Lockheed L-IOII TriStar, made its public debut exactly on schedule.
The United States' newest jetliner, the Lockheed L-IOII TriStar, made its public debut exactly on schedule. The huge, 178-foot long (55 metre) aircraft was rolled out of the Lockheed company's new assembly building at Palmdale, California recently, escorted by a delegation of stewardesses representing the six airlines that have ordered TriStar to date.
The Rolls-Royce powered three-engined jetliner is scheduled to make its first flight in November.
One of the new generation of wide-bodies passenger jets, the L-IOII will carry from 250 to 345 passengers when it is delivered to airlines in the Autumn of 1971.
President at the rolling-out ceremony were Carl Kotchian, president of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Charles S. Wagner, President of Lockheed-California, and William M. Moran, Vice-President Commercial Programmes.
Lockheed officials said that the first TriStar and the five other aircraft ordered will make more than 1,500 test flights in an extensive programme leading up to it earning its airworthiness certificate.
Already Lockheed have orders for 178 TriStars. The plane will cruise at more than 600 m.p.h. (960 kmh).