• Short Summary

    One year after its first flights, Lockheed's new TriStar transport is flying with Federal Aviation Administration pilots and engineers at the controls-- the last major phase of the flight test program leading to certification of the big, wide-body jetliner for passenger service in April of 1972.

  • Description

    One year after its first flights, Lockheed's new TriStar transport is flying with Federal Aviation Administration pilots and engineers at the controls-- the last major phase of the flight test program leading to certification of the big, wide-body jetliner for passenger service in April of 1972.

    Four flight test aircraft--powered by Rolls-Royce engines--have flown more than eight hundred hours, nearly half the flight test schedule.

    All speeds, altitudes and weights have been explored. Response to artificially induced stresses are measured under all operating conditions. "Handling qualities...are unmatched among large transport aircraft," says the TriStar's chief test engineer, J. E. Hawkes, "particularly at low speed."
    "And low noise levels" with the Rolls-Royce engines "have been particularly noteworthy," he adds. The engines are among the equipment and systems registering "exceptional performances" in the test program.

    So also is the autopilot and automatic landing system, according to the Lockheed engineer. The TriStar will be certificated not only for current FAA limits, but for operation in zero-zero visibility conditions at airports with advanced instrument landing systems.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4XYSZHSWYNMW1UCFL3X1MO222
    Media URN:
    VLVA4XYSZHSWYNMW1UCFL3X1MO222
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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