|Lockheed Constellation - C-69 (military version) prototype, 1943 (Source)|
The Lockheed Constellation was one of the prettiest aircraft to ever fly. The graceful curve of the fuselage, that triple tail, and those four powerful Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone engines make quite a combination. I have photos of the Connie they have in the museum at Udvar-Hazy out at Dulles but they're on the old computer. The computer that I haven't pulled stuff off of yet. We'll get there, but for now, here's Connie.
|The Air Force used them - College Eye EC-121D (AF Serial No. 53-0555) at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (Source)|
|As did the Navy - An Atlantic barrier WV-2 of VW-15 overflies USS Sellstrom off Newfoundland in 1957. (Source)|
|The view from the flight deck. (Source)|
|Last "Connie" to serve the Navy, on its last flight to Davis-Monthan AFB for retirement in April 1982. VAQ-33 (GD 12) NC-121K (BuNo 141292). (Source)|
|They served in Southeast Asia - A "College Eye" EC-121D takes off from Korat RTAFB. (Source)|
|Old school - Radar operators in an USAF EC-121D/H/T. (Source)|
Hey, is that Old NFO back there?
|Check out those gauges! - Flight engineer station on board Lockheed Constellation N749NL. (Source)|
|Trans Canada Air Lockheed Constellation, tail number CF-TGE, sitting on the ramp in Rome, NY (KRME). (Source)|
|VAQ-33 NC-121K in 1973, flanked by an F-4B Phantom and an EA-4F Skyhawk. (Source)|
|The USAF RC-121D 53-0128 with two F-104 Starfighters. (Source)|
|The Breitling Super Constellation from the Swiss Super Constellation Flyers Association: It is the last Super Constellation in flying condition in Europe. (Source)|
Isn't she a beauty?
I think so.