See the TWA L-1011 in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY – Our reader Joe Vaughan gives us an update on the Airline History Museum in Kansas City.

He tells us that a group of retired TWA employees and airline history enthusiasts have developed a fascinating museum at Downtown Airport. The last of the Super Constellations (Connies) is there and they recently acquired the last airworthy TWA Lockheed L-1011.

The L-1011 was one of the last two in the U.S., and an angel named Paul Pristo donated the plane to the museum. The FAA came in and permitted it to travel on a special airworthiness certificate. Anyone who cares about American aviation needs to cheer the rescue, as it is a critical part of American aviation history, and now it has been preserved.

For those who have forgotten about the L-1011, it was a great plane, but it never found a wide market. Nevertheless, TWA was one of the major operators of the plane, along with Pan Am and Delta.

See more about the plane at:

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  1. American Trans Air (ATA) picked up a bunch of used ones and flew them for years (replacing thier 707’s). I remember PSA also made a big deal about getting them and then I believe never did.

  2. Of course Eastern! How could I forget. Was it a Whisperliner, or was that a B-727 only?

  3. There are still some airworthy L-1011’s but there aren’t many in the USA. The British RAF still flies 9 of them!

    Also, how could you list some of the major operators of the L-1011 without listing Eastern! They had a very large fleet of them.

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