Lockheed Constellation Survivors

L1649A Starliner


N974R at Polk, FL on Oct 19, 2001


The L1649A Starliner was the outgrowth of the L1469/L1569 turboprop designs studied by Lockheed but never produced. Development of the L1649A began in May 1955 and was Lockheed’s response to the long range Douglas DC-7C that went into service in June 1956. The Starliner incorporated a totally new wing design, 3,400 hp –EA2 turbo compound engines and a fuel capacity of 9,000 gallons giving it a range of over 5,000 miles.

The first flight of the prototype was October 10, 1956 with TWA introducing the L1649A on its North Atlantic service on June 1, 1957. Sadly, this superb aircraft was developed too late and was quickly overshadowed by the early jets with only forty-four being produced. TWA was the largest operator with twenty-nine aircraft with Lufthansa and Air France also taking delivery of new aircraft. Most were out of front-line passenger service by 1963 with a number being converted to freighters and many going to second-tier operators and travel clubs. A few operated as freighters in Alaska into the late 1970’s but all commercial operations ceased by the early 1980’s.


SURVIVORS

N7316C c/n 1018--->Purchased by Lufthansa December 2007 and currently under restoration atAuburn-Lewiston Airport, ME

N8083H c/n 1038--->Purchased by Lufthansa December 2007 and currently stored at Auburn-Lewiston Airport, ME

N974R c/n 1040--->Purchased by Lufthansa December 2007 and currently on display at Fantasy of Flight Museum, Polk City, FL

ZS-DVJ c/n 1042--->Being disassembled at Denel Aviation at OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa for move to SAA Museum in Rand, South Africa


CREDITS AND SOURCES

The Lockheed Constellation Series, Peter J. Marson, Air-Britain Publication, 1982

Piston Engine Airiner 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 15 January 2004------Updated 7 February 2014----