Artist Impression of Future Airport – Image: Lockheed-California Company
I have always been a fan of all things esoteric, the unique, and perhaps even the underdog. Engineering oddities fascinated me from a young age; if it was different or somewhat outlandish, I wasÂ hooked. For that reason, itâ€™s probably no surprise to many people that the aircraft I adore moreÂ than all others (yes, even more than Concorde) is the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar.
The L-1011 prototype after completing her first flight on November 16, 1970 – Photo:Â Jon ProctorÂ
However, I can takeÂ things a step further, because for me, this is more than an aircraft; it represents the engineeringÂ prowess of hundreds of engineers â€“ one of whom I happened to know very well. A man who was luckyÂ enough to spend a lifetime in aviation working for some of the most storied aeronautical firms inÂ history, such as Avro Canada (later Hawker Siddeley), Convair, De Havilland Canada, and Lockheed. Prior to his death in 2013, this engineer described the L-1011 as his â€œmagnum opusâ€, hisÂ greatest achievement as an engineer and the work that he was most proud of.
Eastern Air Lines’ first 737-800 flies over Miami – Photo: Airways News
This story was originally published by Chris SloanÂ and Luis Linares on AirwaysNews.com
Nearly 24 years after the original Eastern shut down on January 18, 1991, the new Eastern Air Lines welcomed home its first new aircraft on December 19. Â Ex-KenyaÂ AirwaysÂ Boeing 737-800 â€œThe Spirit of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker,â€Â N276EA, arrived from Shannon, Ireland (SNN) via Portsmouth, New Hampshire (PSN) into theÂ airlineâ€™s base at Miami International AirportÂ at 3:13 p.m. local time on Runway 8R to a water cannon salute.
The flight crew outside of EAL’s first 737 in Miami – Photo: AirwaysNews
EXTRA: Flashback Friday; The History of Eastern Air Lines
The fanfare reached far beyond that of a traditional airline launch, particularly in Miami. Miami was the original Easternâ€™s headquarters, and the carrierÂ was the cityâ€™s largest employer from the mid-1970s until itsÂ 1991 shutdown.Â It was evident that the event and ceremony were an emotional, tear-felt occasion for the new team, and especially for the retirees and former employees of the original Eastern.Â Their turnout was quite moving.
A water cannon salute at MIA greets Eastern’s 737 – Photo: AirwaysNews
The airline has 10Â Boeing 737-800s on order, withÂ purchase rights on 10Â 737 MAX 8s. Moreover, the company announced in July 2014 that it had placed an order for 20Â Mitsubishi MRJ90s, with rights forÂ an additional 20 of the regional jets. Eastern starts flying in March 2015 and will initially operate as a charter carrier, with scheduled operations due to begin in the next 12 to 18 months following FAA certification.
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An Eastern Air Lines L1011 – Photo: Wiki Commons
This story was written by David J Williams on NYCAviation.com
Student pilots are taught very early on to recognize that when an airplane approaches its minimum flying speed, the airflow over the wing will begin to separate or break down, creating turbulence over the tail. The degradation of lift and the associated turbulence over the tail causes the airplane to buffet and alert the pilot to a deteriorating and dangerous situation. The recovery is rather basic â€“ lower the nose some, apply full power to the engine and let the airplane fly out of it. As it accelerates, the buffeting will end and the aircraft will safely regain both flight and controllability.
In the 1930â€™s, military and large civilian airplanes were being equipped with supercharged and turbocharged engines. These engines enabled to the planes to fly higher and faster than airplanes with normal engines. However, these â€œboostedâ€ engines required a pilot with a delicate hand on the throttles. Whereas a normally aspirated engine could run at full throttle continuously without much more than some added wear, the supercharged and turbocharged engines would run beyond the normal power limits creating excessive heat which, in minutes, would damage the engine. Only when the situation was critical could a competent pilot consider â€œfirewallingâ€ the throttles by pushing them to the stops and exceeding the manufacturersâ€™ limits.
When the turbojet airliners appeared in the late 1950â€™s, engine heat became an even more critical issue. Firewalling these engines would result in immediate engine damage from the heat, while only providing a small gain from accelerating the engine past takeoff power. This is because the supersonic exhaust stream beyond the takeoff limit â€œchokesâ€ in the tailpipe and the additional thrust is lost, becoming marginal at best.
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A model at Farnborough showing the EasternÂ livery on the MRJ90 – Photo: Jon Ostrower
Whenever there is news that a startup airline is going to launch with a classic name-sake, I get a little excited. When press releases started coming in saying that Eastern Air Lines was going to start up again, I was happy, but of course skeptical.
Even back in May when they signed an initial order with Boeing and placed deposits for 10 737-800NG and 10 737 MAX 8 aircraft, I was unsure about the viability of the airline.
Then, lastÂ week at the Farnborough Airshow, they announcedÂ the signing ofÂ a Memorandum of Understanding for 20 Mitsubishi MRJ90 aircraft, with purchase rights to an additional 20. Now, I am starting to pay a bit more attention.