From: email@example.com (Louis A. Ramsay ) Organization: Netcom Date: 01 Jun 96 16:32:36 References: 1 2 3 4 Followups: 1
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In <airliners.1996.828@ohare.Chicago.COM> firstname.lastname@example.org (John Liebson) writes: >email@example.com (Louis A. Ramsay ) wrote: > > > The Maine "Connies" are not Connies to start with. They look >>similar, but the are L1649 Starliners. > >That's a rather strange statement: The L1649 is a lengthened Super >Connie fuselage with a new wing, and is most assuredly a >Constellation. The name "Starliner" is nothing but a marketing ploy; >the aircraft themselves are Constellations under a different name. I didn't mean to infer there was a basic difference between Connies and Starliners - it was just that the L1649's were never known as Connies. As far as their being a "flop", Alaska Airlines flew them into the middle '60's and didn't consider them to be "flops". The two at Auburn-Lewiston Airport were workhorses and hauled everything from passengers in Alaska to cargo destined for Southeast Asia to fuel oil for the Radar sites in Alaska. And they did this into and out of some of the worst airports in Alaska. If it seems like I am defending the 1649's, that's because I am. Lou.