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Flashback Friday: A 3-Pronged Blast From The Past

A TWA L-1011 lifts off.

This week’s Flashback Friday covers several topics/themes – family, an airline from the past and an aircraft that has come and (mostly) gone.

Aviation Media, Inc., produced a “Wonderful World of Flying’ video and this segment has a “take your son to work” story. TWA pilot Barry Schiff is the pilot and his son Brian is the flight engineer; it’s the first time they’ve flown together as professional pilots for the airline.

This was a TWA flight from JFK to Berlin with a stop in Brussels. TWA, at one time owned by eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes, was one of the major commercial airlines before it went out of business in 2001.

The aircraft featured is the L-1011, manufactured by Lockheed. The wide-body plane was developed as an alternative for Boeing’s 747 and the L-1011 closely resembled the DC-10 developed by McDonnell Douglas. The L-1011 went into service in 1972 and was phased out by most commercial airlines by the mid-1990s.

Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school.