Delta Air Lines
Lockheed L-1011-1 Tristar
N728DA (c/n 1173)
N728DA, seen here
in this shot by Ellis M. Chernoff at LAX in October of 1980, had the
distinction of operating the last
revenue scheduled run for Delta Air Lines on 21 July 2001.
The L-1011 was first put into
service by Delta in 1973 and the type served the airline faithfully
three decades. As a businessman in the 1970s I rode Delta's
and a wonderfully comfortable aircraft they were, too. At
the end of its career
N728DA was donated to the Flying
organization. The Tristars were eventually
replaced with Boeing
767s and McDonnell Douglas MD-11s.