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The Lockheed Constellation (populary known as "Connie") was a four-engine triple tail airliner built by Lockheed Corporation.

History[]

Development of the Constellation on 9th June 1939, when Howard Hughes, Majority stockholder of TWA, visited Lockheed and personally presented the company with a requirement for a super-luxury transport, capable of flying non-stop coast to coast across the continental USA.[N 1] by the end of 1939, TWA submitted an order for nine Model 049s - known to Lockheed as the L-49 - which was later increased to 40, and soon followed by an order for a similar number from Pan Am.[2]


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Notes[]

  1. The demanding specification had already been rejected by Boeing and Douglas, and specified an empty weight of 52,300 lb (24,132 kg), a cruising speed of over 300 mph (483 km/h) from four 2,200 hp (1,641 kW) engines and the ability to fly non-stop from New York to London.[1]

Sources[]

  1. World Aircraft Information Files Aviation Partwork. Midsummer Books Ltd. File 515 Sheet 1 (World Civil Aircraft:Lockheed Constellation - Introduction)
  2. WAIF File 515 Sheet 2 (World Civil Aircraft:Lockheed Constellation - C-69/L-049 Constellation)
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