Lockheed L-1049E/01 Super Constellation
By kjfitz @ 2009-11-23 12:56:41
In 1996, Amoco Corporation purchased a lot in Penndel, Pennsylvania which contained a restaurant topped by a Lockheed C-121 Constellation aircraft. Realizing the historical significance of the plane, Amoco offered the plane to the Air Mobility Command Museum. It was transported to the museum in December of 1997 and is now completely restored.
The aircraft is painted to represent a C-121C military transport aircraft and is on display at the AMC Museum at Dover AFB. The aircraft was never with the USAF and its last civilian registration was N1005C, when it flew for Capitol International Airways. Retired in 1967, it was converted to a cocktail lounge in Penndel, PA. It was disassembled and donated to the AMC Museum in 1997. Its fake military serial number 40315 (54-0315) was assigned to a Northrop F-89H "Scorpion" fighter aircraft.
The Lockheed Constellation ("Connie") was a four engine (each with 18 pistons of Radial design, the Wright R-3350) propeller-driven airliner built by Lockheed between 1943 and 1958 at its Burbank, California, USA, facility. A total of 856 aircraft were produced in four models, all distinguished by a triple-tail design and dolphin-shaped fuselage. The Constellation was used as a civilian airliner and as a U.S. military air transport plane, seeing service in the Berlin Airlift. It was the presidential aircraft for U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.