Lockheed Constellation Survivors

N2520B c/n 2081

Operated by Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAV) from 1946 to 1955 as "Simon Bolivar"
(Paul Zogg Collection)
Being refueled at Dallas Love Field on March 10, 1957, while in service with Braniff Airlines
(Art Carter)
In full Pepsi colors at a children's park in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in September 1997
(Andy Martin)
By 2000, the paint scheme had evolved into a white top, light green cheat line and a white top
(Chris Mak)
This March 2005 photo shows the old girl in AeroSur colors and used as a travel agency (Michael S. Prophet) In December 2017 the aircraft appeared to still be in relatively good condition
(Sandro Rota)
Well taken care of and in remarkably good condition in January 2023
(Bo-Göran Lundkvist)
  • Final registration - N2520B
  • Delivered October 1946 to LAV as L049 YV-C-AME "Simon Bolivar"
  • To Braniff Airlines August 1955 as N2520B
  • Stored at Washington National Airport by August 1958
  • To Trans American November 1959
  • To Empire Supply Company November 1960
  • Forced to land at Santa Cruz, Bolivia July 1961
  • Aircraft was on a smuggling flight from Miami, FL to Uruguay with cigarettes and whiskey
  • Cancelled from the USCAR in 1970
  • Stored at Santa Cruz until the early 1970's when it was moved four miles to Parque Boris Banzer, a children's park
  • By 1979 converted to a library at Avenida Uruguay in Santa Cruz
  • Painted in Pepsi colors scheme but this had been removed by 2000, when the aircraft was natural aluminum with a teal accent stripe and white top
  • Aircraft purchased by AeroSur in late 2002/early 2003 and painted in their color scheme
  • Mediterraneo, a travel agency, has committed to help maintain the aircraft and provide security
  • By 2015 painted in overall silver colors
  • In January 2023 painted in green/while colors and in good condition

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