4/26/1972: Lockheed L-1011 Tristar Enters Commercial Service

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, Lockheed L-1011 TriStar (N301EA) entered commercial service in 1972 with Eastern Air Lines on its Miami-New York route.

Eastern Air Lines, AKA Eastern, was a major American airline from 1926 to 1991. Before its dissolution, it was headquartered at Miami International Airport (MIA) in an unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County, Florida, US.

Photo: Lockheed Martin

A Bumpy Start

The then-Lockheed California Company (now Lockheed Martin) delivered the most technologically advanced commercial jet of its day, the L-1011 TriStar, to its first customer, Eastern Air Lines, in April 1972, after six grueling years of design and some unexpected setbacks.

The L-1011, like other legendary passenger airliners before read more ⇒

Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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