Re: Connies on promo tour

Date:         01 Mar 97 18:42:17 
From:         "Brian Maddison" <BMADDISO@BCSC02.GOV.BC.CA>
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joliver@edcen.ehhs.cmich.edu (James Oliver) writes:

>I may be climbing up fools mountain thinking that this question can even
>be answered, but here goes.

>After WW II the Constellation apparently went on a promo tour to show th
>public this magnificent new airliner.  Sometime around 1950 (may be a bi
>before or a bit after) a Connie came to Detroit (YIP) and the public was
>invited to tour the aircraft.

>Is there a Connie Specialist who might possibly know precisely which
>Connie came to Detroit?  I do not recall any airline markings and I feel
>it was just billed as << The Constellation >>.  I remember that souvenir
>postcards were handed out too.

Given the timeframe, this was almost certainly the 'prototype' model 1049
Super Constellation. This particular airframe had an interesting history.

It was actually the very first Constellation (C-69) of all, delivered to
the USAAF in July 1943. After the war it was Howard Hughes' personal
transport (or one of them). Then in 1950 it was reacquired by Lockheed
and converted to an L1049. First flight as such was 10-13-50 so any
publicity tour would probably not have been before 1951.

Serial number was 1961. Regarding the N-number, this is a bit of a
problem. Originally NC25600, it became NX6700 then N67900 with Lockheed
but I don't have any registration dates. I would suggest N67900 in 1950
except that I have seen a photo of it as an L1049 in Lockheed colors
in which N25600 is visible. This may be 'retouched' photo however.

regards

..............
Brian Maddison