with its third engine set in the tail was the first jet to be equipped with a fully automated landing system.
The McDonnell Douglas tri-jet
was carrying 315 passengers and crew but amazingly all but two survived the horrific landing in the howling gale.
For example, Lockheed's sustained commitment to the L-1011 tri-jet
, despite the choice by McDonnell-Douglas of a similar airplane (the DC-10), is viewed as an avoidable blunder.
It might be fun to compare those Falcons to the 5x twin jets that were introduced last fall and the ultra-long-range Falcon 8x tri-jet
that went on the market in May.
The aircraft's fuselage fractured during the landing, and a subsequent fire destroyed the tri-jet
, although both pilots - whom the carrier describes as "experienced" - survived.
At the announcement of the completion center expansion, Christian Sasso, senior vice president and general manager of the center, said the company is on track to deliver about 70 aircraft this year and expects to deliver about 90 next year as customers start taking delivery of the new Falcon 7X, a tri-jet
with a range of 5,950 nautical miles.
They once played a major role in bringing air travel to the masses but, the last of the Western-built widebody tri-jets
has retired from passenger service.
Most of the new orders are for the Falcon 7X with a current backlog of 20 of the tri-jets
to be delivered to Chinese customers in the coming years.
The last time the airline operated the aircraft it was in the 1970's, it sold them all, due to its mainly national network, and opted to operate Lockheed L-1011 tri-jets
and later wide-body twins like the Boeing 767.