Lockheed Constellation and Super Constellation Survivors

Welcome to Ralph M. Pettersen's Constellation Survivors Website

Dutch Connie

Arguably the most graceful and beautiful airliner ever built, the Lockheed Constellation celebrated its 60th birthday in 2003. Conceived by Howard Hughes in the late 1930’s, the Constellation represented the ultimate in airline performance and luxury during the 1950’s with 856 being built for commercial and military customers. Quickly displaced from frontline service by jet airliners in the 1960’s, there are about fifty-five “survivors” of the mass scrappings of the 1960’s and 70’s, with only C-121C's VH-EAG and HB-RSC currently airworthy.


Airworthy and “Near” Airworthy Constellations





Registration Number Index


Constellations Recently Scrapped

Constellations Presumed Scrapped

Constellation Wrecks & Hulks


New Photos Uncovered of 1952 TWA Crash Landing at NAS Fallon – April 10, 2014

Forward Fuselage of EC-121H 53-535 "Found" at Pima Air and Space Museum – March 23, 2014

New Photos of Helena EC-121T - March 18, 2014

Constellation News Archive - 2013

Constellation News Archive - 2012

Constellation News Archive - 2011

Constellation News Archive - 2010

Constellation News Archive - 2009

Constellation News Archive - 2008

Constellation News Archive - 2007

Constellation News Archive - 2006

Constellation News Archive - 2005

Constellation News Archive - 2004


Answers to Questions Submitted by Website Visitors


Links to some of my favorite classic aviation websites


While this is the "Constellation Survivors" website, I have decided to include news and articles about other classic propliner aircraft that might be of interest to the enthusiast.


Camarillo Connie Makes Final Flight - January 14, 2012

1997 Swissair DC-4 Flying Adventure – December 2012 - by Rainer Spoddig

Breitling DC-3 Sightseeing Trip – August 2011 - by Rainer Spoddig

August 1998 MATS Connie Flight – December 2010 - by Rainer Spoddig

Connie Stories From MCI – A Junior Mechanic’s Perspective - February 2010

Constellation Metamorphous - L1049E N1005C - November 2009

Michael S. Prophet Photo Collection - Constellations and Super Constellations - November 2009

Gerard Helmer Photo Collection - Constellations and Super Constellations - May 2009

Stephen Miller Photo Collection - Part 1 - Constellations - February 2009

Stephen Miller Photo Collection - Part 2 - Super Constellations - February 2009

Stephen Miller Photo Collection - Part 3 - Willy Victors and EC-121's - February 2009

Rich Kolasa Connie Photos - February 2009

Preserving the Legacy – Naval Aircraft Restoration Foundation - May 2008

2007 Constellation News Update - February 2008

SCFA Super Connie - Hamburg Airport Days - September 2007 - by Rainer Spoddig

United Airlines Employees Spearhead Restoration of NASM Super Connie - January 2008

Connie Needs a Nose - October 2007

SCFA Flying Adventure - Part 2 - September 2006 - by Rainer Spoddig

SCFA Flying Adventure - Part 1 - June 2006 - by Rainer Spoddig

The Crash of L1049H N45516 on 11 May 1975 near Mesa, Arizona - by Cam and Chris Baird

Constellation Metamorphous - L749A N749NL - November 2006

Willie Victor TLC - May 2006

Colchane's Mystery Starliner - April 2006 - by Steven Raczynski

Super Connie Crash Landing at NAS Fallon in December 1952 - January 2006

Auction of The Chacalutta Connie - January 2006 - by Steven Raczynski

Navy WV-2 Super Connie Crash at McMurdo Sound in 1960 - October 2005 - by Ricky DeRoo

Bye Bye MATS Connie - April 2005

Benny Younesi and His Connies - June 2004

Breitling Super Constellation - May 2004

SAVE-A-CONNIE Celebrates TWA's 75th Anniversary - June 2000 - by Michael S. Prophet

Chacalutta Connie - A Good Girl Gone Bad - May 2004 - by Rob Jennings

Constellation Survivors - October 2003

Super Constellation Flyers Association - October 2003

Salina Connie - July 2003

AMC Super Connie Project Update - July 2003

Christler Flying Service - January 2003

Connie's Comeback From The Cockpit - January 2003 - by Henk de Waard

AMC Super Connie Project Update - December 2002

Maurice Roundy and His Starliners - September 2002

Connie's Comeback - Restoration of L749A N749NL - September 2002

Santa Fe Connie - February 2002

The Impossible Dream - Starliner N974R Flies Again - October 2001

Penndel's Super Connie Finds a Home - January 2001

Rebirth of Sanford's Starliner N974R - June 2000

Maine Starliners - January 1998

Flying the Mighty MATS Connie - March/November 1997


Gary Squire's book on the HARS Connie is now available. Gary has been intimately involved in the project from the beginning, so he is the ideal person to write this compelling story. The book is A5 size with 137 pages and includes many previously unpublished photographs in color and black and white. Several color profiles of "Connie" in her various incarnations were prepared by noted aviation artist Juanita Franzi specially for the book. The author describes in great detail the search for the airplane, its acquisition, its restoration and culminates in its triumphant arrival in Sydney. As an active participant in the project, Gary is able to convey to the reader all the trials, tribulations and disappointments which would have defeated a less dedicated team. This is not just the story of an airplane, albeit a very special one. It is the story of the people who realised the long-held dream of generations of Australians who love beautiful airplanes. Appendices include reproductions of the various official documents which facilitated Connie's historic flight to Australia. There are also technical specifications and a listing of all Connies currently flying worldwide. If you are interested in Connies, this book will not disappoint. "Bringing Connie Home" is highly recommended. For information on ordering the book: Bringing Connie Home


The Lockheed Constellation Series, Peter J. Marson, Air-Britain Publication, 2007

Piston Engine Airliner Production List, A.B. Eastwood and J. Roach, TAHS, October 2002

Lockheed Constellation, Stewart Wilson, Notebook Publications, 2001

Propliner Aviation Magazine

Your comments regarding this website would be very much appreciated. Please contact me about any errors you see and information you might have about a "Survivor". Photos of "Survivors" would also be very much appreciated.

Ralph M. Pettersen

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----Created 26 January 2004------Updated 10 April 2014----