|Lockheed C-121C-LO Super Constellation, Tail Number 54-0177|
Anything for research, neh?
These photos have been modified from the originals, those were just too dark to post. What you see was tweaked using Microsoft's Windows Photo Gallery 2012. I suppose if I ever wanted to go pro I'd get something else, but hey, it comes with the operating system and works for my purposes. (At this point I'll make the obligatory reference to my legendary parsimony.)
I found the following bits of information regarding this aircraft at two websites, Joe Baugher's USAF Serial Numbers website and another one called Aerial Visuals. Here's a couple of excerpts from those two places.
According to the USAF Serial Numbers website, this aircraft is a
Lockheed C-121C-LO Super Constellation, tail number 54-177 (MSN 1049F-4196) to civil registry as N1104W. On display Dec 2008 at Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air & Space Museum, Chantilly, VA.
Aerial Visuals has this:
Airframe Family: Lockheed L-49/649/749/1049/1649 Constellation / C-121
Latest Model: C-121C-LO Super Constellation
Last Military Serial: 54-0177
USAF Construction Number: 4196
Last Civil Registration: N1104W
Latest Owner or Location: Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Reston, Virginia
She's in the livery of the 167th Military Airlift Squadron of the West Virginia Air National Guard and the number painted on her tail (er, tails I guess is more accurate) is 0-40177. She was built in 1954 by Lockheed at their plant in Burbank, California. Which means she's a year younger than me!
From 1956 to 1957 she was part of the Hungarian Airlift, moving Hungarian refugees from that benighted land to the United States. (How many of you remember the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, which was crushed by Soviet tanks?) At that time the aircraft belonged to the 1608th Air Transport Wing out of Charleston AFB, South Carolina. The lady has a proud history!
Anyhoo, here are my pictures of Connie, surrounded by her friends.
Here are some more stats on this beauty:
Lockheed Constellation C-121J (L-1049B)
Capacity: 97-107 Passengers (Passenger configuration)
Length: 116 ft 2 in
Wingspan: 123 ft
Height: 24 ft 9 in
Wing area: 1,650 sq ft
Empty weight: 72,815 lbs
Max. takeoff weight: 145,000 lb
Powerplant: 4 × Wright R-3350-34 radial engines, 3250 bhp each
Propellers: 4 propeller, 1 per engine
Maximum speed: 368 mph at 20,000 ft (592.24 km/h at 6.096 km)
Cruise speed: 259 mph at 10,000 ft (416.82 km/h at 3.048 km)
Service ceiling: 24,442 ft (7,449 m) W
She's in fine company down there in Virginia, I can't wait to visit her again.