Lockheed Constellation Survivors

N608AS c/n 2600

L749A N608AS March 1975 L749A N608AS October 9, 1987 L749A N608AS March 2001
Photographed at Mesa Falcon Field in March 1975 in complete USAF colors with a civilian registration
(Douglas Slowiak via Stephen Miller)
Still intact at Tucson-Ryan Field two years after being sold to Mel Christler at the Globe Air Auction for $5,000 (Fergal Goodman) Awaiting her fate in March 2001 after being stripped of all useful parts for the restoration of 48-610/N9463 "Columbine II" (RM Pettersen)
  • Final registration - N608AS
  • First flight October 11, 1948
  • Delivered to USAF November 1948 as 48-608
  • Converted on assembly line to the only VC-121B for VIP use
  • Named "Dewdrop" for the anticipated win by Thomas Dewey. When Truman won the election, he kept his VC-118
  • Flew VIP missions during its USAF career
  • Retired by USAF and flown to Davis Monthan AFB for storage in April 1968 after removal of interior furnishings
  • Sold to Kolar, Inc at DoD auction on June 17, 1971
  • To Aero Tech, Inc on September 23, 1971
  • To Aviation Specialties, Inc on September 26, 1972 for conversion as an agricultural sprayer
  • Registered N608AS on March 26, 1973
  • Stored at Mesa, AZ late 1976 to early 1979 and then again in 1981
  • To Globe Air, Inc April 1981 and for sale for $84,000 early 1982
  • Sold to Tom Woodward at the Globe Air Auction October 1985
  • Ferried from Mesa to Tucson-Ryan Field July 19, 1986
  • Sold to Harry Oliver February 21, 1990
  • Used as a source of spares for the restoration of N9463/48-610 "Columbine II" in 1989
  • Stored at Ryan Field in derelict condition until scrapped on January 11, 2002

Page Top Home L649/L749