Re: Status of Maine 1649 Connies?

From: (John Liebson)
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Date:         10 Jun 96 12:22:23 
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  or MIME structure (Louis A. Ramsay ) wrote:

>     As far as their being a "flop", Alaska Airlines flew them into the
>middle '60's and didn't consider them to be "flops".

That does not make the aircraft a commercial success, which is was
not. Only a very few were built, Lockheed lost a lot of money on the
project, most of the original buyers quickly disposed of them.

It's not unusual for "after-market" buyers to consider a given
aircraft successful; the Mercure jetliners fit that category, for
example. Just because Alaska and one or two others were able to buy
Starliners cheaply and utilize them effectively does not make the
aircraft a financial success.