Lufthansa Technik is undertaking an incredibly demanding and invasive maintenance and repair program for the Super Star. Complete restoration began in 2008 in a hangar at Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport in Maine. Nothing is being left untouched in this unique rebuild of one of America’s most significant commercial airliners.
Every inch of the aircraft is being inspected with the most stringent methods and high-quality standards put in place, allowing the Super Star to be fully operational and certified for passenger service. All works are based on Lockheed’s original design and test data, kindly provided by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Engineers used a newly developed, sophisticated laser scanner to create a virtual 3D model of the flight deck, passenger cabin, and exterior, depicting each vital component of the plane.
Over 90 percent of the materials in the primary and secondary structure of the aircraft have been replaced, using entirely new material. The aircraft will incorporate the latest safety features found in today’s commercial aircraft. By adhering to such rigorous testing and standards, Lufthansa Technik and GAAHF can ensure a superior, more technologically sound and advanced aircraft, complying with today’s standard reliability and safety requirements.