AEROSPACE: New Life for TriStar

In the rough-and-tumble aircraft industry, where fortunes are made and lost on Government contracts, Lockheed has taken more than its share of tumbles. Over the years, it rolled up $480 million in losses on four military projects. In February, already cash-starved, it ran into even more trouble on its biggest venture into commercial aircraft: the L-1011 TriStar airbus. Rolls-Royce, supplier of engines for the TriStar, went into receivership and the British government refused to finance production of the engines unless the U.S. Government assured it that Lockheed could pay for them.


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