TWA Lockheed L-1011 TriStar takeoff, flight & landing STL – PHX March, 1991




This is a video recording from March 16, 1991 of a flight aboard a Trans World Airlines Lockheed L-1011 from St Louis Lambert Field to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (by the way, if you look carefully, you should be able to count five different TWA L1011's on the ground while at St Louis). The flight was about two and a half hours long. The video shows just over 27 minutes of highlights from that trip. Seen and heard are the push back, Rolls Royce RB211-22b typical smoky engine start, taxing from gate to runway (notice the Missouri Air National Guard McDonnell F4 Phantoms), takeoff, flying over the Mississippi River with aircraft's shadow, a long shot of Lambert Field from the plane, interior cabin shots, landing (talk about greasing her in!), taxing at Phoenix and finally a shot of the L-1011's cockpit (at the end of the flight a TWA stewardess asked me if I'd like to take some video shots of the cockpit. Obviously, I took her up on her offer. Wouldn't get an chance like that today!).

Sorry about the hum or buzz or a combination of both once the TriStar becomes airborne. Seems my Montgomery Wards video camera's microphone keyed in and stressed that noise. YouTube member N747PA suggested this sound may be the result of a leaking L2 door seal as I was near a passenger door while recording. The sound disappears when the L1011 lands whereby "the pressurization controller opens the outflow valves dumping the cabin pressure". Seems a reasonable mechanical explanation to me.

Hope you enjoy this video of the last of the Lockheed built airliners and what many consider to be the best passenger aircraft ever built by Lockheed (now Lockheed-Martin) and also the best of the original widebody jetliners (Douglas DC-10 and Boeing 747 being the other ones).

One last thing. TWA never made an issue at any time during this flight of using my large shoulder mounted video camera or on any of the three other TWA flights where I also used it to video record. Other airlines, such as United and American, would announce over the cabin's P.A. system that "all electronic devices" had to be turned off during takeoff and landing.

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