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Lockheed Super Constelllation
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WOW! Super Constelllation!!!
Wayhay - aircraft! (Thanks Carol). As noted, this is a Lockheed Super Constellation. Given the number (16C) on the forward undercarriage, this was very likely N9716C, a Lockheed Super Constelllation L-1049E with c/n 4545. Starting out as a Qantas aircraft in the 1950s, it was leased (and later bought) by Capitol International Airlines (CL) in the early 1960s. It was retired in the late-1960s/early-1970s. As with other Capitol Lockheed's this was probably on it's way through SNN on a run from the US to Germany.
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Interesting capture, Thank you.
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] And it is an O'Dea photograph! Can you hold on until next week for an O'Dea railways one??
Think just how many 'violations' our great [mad] health & safety bods could find in this image?
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No carry-on baggage!
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The first airplane that I ever flew on was a TWA Super Connie in 1955. My Dad was being transferred back to the United States and we stopped at Shannon on the way to the United States!
The Lockheed Constellation is my favorite civilian airplane.
The fuel bowser looks pretty home-made but seems to be built on a Karrier chassis (judging by the grille & lights layout. Karrier (also known as Smith's Karrier) were an English manufacturer of light trucks and vans as lately as the 1960s and were later acquired by the Rootes Group. Quite similar to Commers in appearance and apparently much favoured for ice-cream van conversion in the U.K. They would have been fairly rare in Ireland. I have never actually seen one in spite of a youth spent fanatically truck spotting on the N4. Hard to find on the web too, apart from a couple of the aforementioned ice-cream vans and Corgi's splendid model (also an ice-cream van) which was released in 1963. The reg no is presumably no help in this case as it's my understanding that airport vehicles which were not to be used on the public road didn't have to be registered so the 4-digit number on the bowser's number plate is possibly a fleet number.
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Around that time we used to cycle out to Shannon from Limerick and marvel at the planes on the ground and on the rare occasions when our visits coincided with a take-off or landing! The Super Constellation were the most elegant of all the aircraft around at that time (there wasn't too much competition) and it has always lived in my memory as such.
If you look at the building work going on in the background the airport is in the process of expansion though you can still see some of the Nissen huts so common in those days!
Shannon could be a super place at time for plane spotting anoraks even before the term was invented! Bad weather, shortage of fuel etc. meant that many flights were diverted there and some truly exotic ones arrived from time to time! Later of course the Concorde spent many hours flying on training and test runs from Shannon.
An anecdote from wikipedia -
" ... On the return trip [in April 1944, piloted by Howard Hughes], the aircraft stopped at Wright Field to give Orville Wright his last flight, more than 40 years after his historic first flight. He commented that the Constellation's wingspan was longer than the distance of his first flight. "
The Constellation was not the Super Constellation! The Super Connie was bigger!
Trains next week? excellent!
The Super Connie had two 600 gallon fuel tanks at the end of the wings.
Domhnall, only some Super Connies had those tip-tanks - the later L-1049G/H models, I think. The one in the photo is an L-1049E model (N9716C). It was delivered to Qantas in April 1954, traded in to Lockheed in November 1959 and leased to Capitol from March 1961. Capitol purchased the aircraft in December 1961 and retired it to Wilmington, Delaware in August 1964 - an overall career of only ten years, which by present-day standards would be considered pretty short.
On a matter of detail, the Seaboard aircraft just visible at their hangar is a Canadair CL-44, two of which had been delivered to that airline by September 1961. This was a Canadian cargo derivative of the Bristol Britannia, with a swing-tail for loading and Rolls-Royce Tyne engines in place of the troublesome Bristol Proteus engines that powered the Britannia.
Here is a Lockheed Constellation being dismantled at Dublin, July 1983, prior to transport to Wroughton in England, where it gained TWA colours.
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoolbeach] I remember it well. It sat on the apron at Dublin for about 8 years and was rumoured at the time that it could be bought for 5000 pounds. We as kids dreamed ........and wished we had a bigger back garden.
"A Lockheed Constellation aircraft, the only one remaining in Britain and Ireland, had lain derelict at Dublin Airport until the British Science Museum decided to buy it. The plane was broken into sections, with the 26-metre long fuselage, the two wings and the engines, propellers, tail and other parts being carried in a total of six sailings." From History of Irish RO RO ferries.
The Commer/Karrier fuel bowser was owned by Esso. Also in the background are some very interesting 8 wheel fuel vehicles belonging to Shell.
"Here is a Lockheed Constellation being dismantled at Dublin, July 1983, prior to transport to Wroughton in England, where it gained TWA colours.
Thanks....my photo. I have several more from around that time as well:
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Some nice video of the Breitling Super Constellation HB-RSC at Sion Air Show 2011
I love this photo
Great photo, I see they were still building the airport in the background
The Connie was my favorite aircraft of all-time.
A Lockheed Constellation!
I happened on this pic. completely by accident, and was at the same spot a few days earlier seeing off my Great Aunt Sister Mancini, a nun and my mothers aunt from Tipperary, who was returning to her convent in USA, where she passed away during the 1960s.... Capitol Constellation shown here might be N4916C, the Seaboard Constellation is N1008C
.......Seaboard World Airlines London Airtrader
The Lockheed Constellation, one of the most beautiful aircraft ever flown.
I flew into Shannon on a Super Connie (pssibly this one) in 1958. I was a child, but still remember the trip well!
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