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.
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.