Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter Since 1995

Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter

Since 1995

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 Lockheed L-1011 Tristar - C-FTNA / N312EA

My article from NetLetter #1344 on Air Canada's L-1011 Tristar fleet mentions C-FTNA (Fin # 501), one of two aircraft (the other being C-FTNC, Fin # 503), leased from Haas -Turner and shared between Air Canada and Eastern Airlines between 1972 and 1981. It flew exclusively in the Air Canada fleet until 1988. 

Excerpt from my previous article:

Fin # 501 (C-FTNA) was leased by Air Transat in June 1988, subleased to Air France in June 1989 and then returned to Air Transat in February 1991 where it remained until July 6, 2001 when it was damaged beyond repair after being hit by a hailstorm on takeoff at LYS. Visit Aviation Safety Network for the complete report on the incident. The aircraft is now preserved at Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport.

I don't know how I missed it at the time, but I recently came across a short video on YouTube (linked below) of a guided tour of the aircraft where it now rests. It has been transformed into a meeting room for various events. It is also used as a training plane, receiving numerous educational visits.

The dialog contained in the video is in French but quite self-explanatory to English speakers.

Visit www.PlaneSpotters.net to view the aircraft lifecycle.

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