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Constellation News

The 2022 edition of the Propliner Annual will be published on April 30, 2022. As its title implies, Propliner Magazine is totally dedicated to Propliner aircraft and is a “must-have” for any aviation enthusiast and especially Propliner enthusiasts. Orders for this bumper 160-page publication can be placed at

HARS Super Connie Spreads Her Wings – August 4, 2022

Australia’s Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Super Constellation VH-EAG made two flights on August 3rd. The aircraft hadn’t flown for quite a while and was the aircraft’s first flights after undergoing required maintenance and inspections. Two flights were completed for pilot requalifying and apparently all went well. The aircraft is the only airworthy Constellation in the world. Many thanks to Howard Mitchell, who captured the event with these fabulous photos!

Super Connie Engine Cowling For Sale on ebay – June 25, 2022

Volker Pickenpack recently emailed me with the news that there was a Super Constellation engine cowling for sale on German ebay under the listing "Super Constellation Cowling Complete." Sure enough, I checked the site and the cowling is advertised for sale at 1,250 euros with the note "Cowling is not cleaned! More pictures on request." If you’re interested in this type of thing, check out this ebay link.

French Super Connie Continues to Deteriorate – June 15, 2022

Han de Ridder recently visited former Air France L1049G Super Constellation F-BHBG in Quimper, France and sent the following report and photos. "On June 13 I visited the Constellation c/n 4626 F-BHBG standing for many years now on the premises of Discotheque Le Moulin in Le Juch, Bretagne, France. The aircraft is in a really rough state and, looking at the warning signs, too dangerous to enter. Yes, looking bad, it should be under cover, but at least she is not broken up…yet."
It’s sad to see this once magnificent aircraft in its current condition but at least she continues to elude the scrapman. With the current price of scrap aluminum, perhaps she will continue to retain her status as a “survivor” for the foreseeable future. Many thanks to Han for sharing his report and photos.

Portuguese Super Connie Exhibit – April 15, 2022

There’s not a whole lot of Constellation news these days so it was great to hear that the Super Constellation exhibit at the Museu do Ar in Sintra, Portugal remains on display. Antti Hyvärinen visited the museum on April 13, 2022 and posted some very nice photos on Facebook. The exhibit includes the forward fuselage of former Biafran Airlift veteran L1049G 5T-TAK, which was delivered new to Lufthansa in March 1956 D-ALEC. The exhibit includes at least one cowled R3350 engine and a fully restored cockpit.

Constellation Restoration Project Nearing Completion – March 3, 2022

It appears that the multi-year restoration of VC-121A N422NA/48-613 Bataan is nearing completion. Tony Dann visited the restoration hangar on February 11, 2022 and provided the following report. "I was in Los Angeles in February and visited Chino Airport where had a pre-arranged tour of the Threshold Aviation facility in the south eastern corner of the airfield. I was only expecting to see their hangars full of executive jets but was very surprised when I went into their hangar number 1 to be greeted by the site of a Constellation being worked on. I certainly wasn’t expecting to see that and was told it’s being put back into flying condition for corporate flights and we should see it airborne again this year. Here are a few photos I took in the hangar on February 11th." Many thanks to Tony for the report and photos.

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