Lockheed L1649A Constellation

Conniesmall.jpgLockheed L1649A Constellation of Lufthansa undergoing maintenance 1957


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6 Responses to Lockheed L1649A Constellation

  1. Steve Morley 29 April, 2008 at 10:44 pm #

    Paul, please be aware that the Lockheed L1649A is not called a Constellation but a Starliner.

    Lufthansa plan to make at least one aircarft airworthy from the survivors at Lewiston,Maine and Polk City,Florida. There are enough parts, however, to make two aircraft airworthy.

  2. M West 7 August, 2008 at 8:11 pm #

    TWA called their L1649s ‘Jetstream Starliners’ to suggest the speed gains possible from flying in the upper atmosphere’s jetstream (and perhaps to hint at jet attributes , remember, the 707 was only a year from service).TWA may have had copyright on ‘Starliner’, it had been the name for their house magazine……’Super Star Constellation’ was another Lockheed name for the L1649….M West

  3. M West 7 August, 2008 at 9:36 pm #

    Slight backtracking!!….Lockheed did use the phrase ‘Lockheed Starliner’ in their ads about 1957…..TWA called theirs ‘JETSTREAM Starliner’, Lufthansa ‘Super*Star’, and Air France ‘Super Starliner’….. you can check these out in US ebay ads…. but as its definitely of the Constellation family , we’re all correct…..M West

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  6. Philip Kemp 1 April, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    Lockheed called the L-1649A the Super Constellation Starliner (it’s on all the manuals). Lufthansa called it the Super Star and Air France the Super Starliner and TWA, the Jetstream or Starliner, depending on which ad you look at.

    All three airplanes are now owned by the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Stiftung or DLBS Foundation. Think of them as something similar to the Seattle Museum of Flight, Boeing doesn’t own it but does contribute. The same goes for the DLBS Foundation, Lufthansa doesn’t own it but they do contribute.

    At the moment it appears only one airplane will be restored (N7316C, ex. TWA) into Lufthansa colors, even though two could be. It is far more likely they will keep the other two airplanes as parts aircraft.

    Thanks to the brilliant Maurice Roundy, (who originally saved all three L1649A’s from the scrap heap) I was fortunate enough to be the First Officer on two of the restoration flights back in the late 1980′s on N974R (ex. Lufthansa D-ALAN) out of Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach… lucky me!

    Philip Kemp

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