Lockheed Constellation Survivors

N8083H c/n 1038

L1649A N8083H August 1968 L1649A N8083H September 26, 1998 L1649A N8083H November 20, 2008
The future didn't look too rosy in 1968 when N8083H was stored at Seattle and used for spares by Alaska Airlines (J. Roger Bentley) After a few close calls with the scrapman during the past thirty years, N8083H gives the crowd a thrill in September 1998 (RM Pettersen) Parked in front of Maurice Roundy's house in Nov 2008, N8083H is providing spare parts for the restoration of N7316C (RM Pettersen)
L1649A N8083H September 26, 1998 L1649A N8083H November 20, 2008
The aircraft had been stripped clean by LHT for the restoration of N7316C (RM Pettersen) At completion of the restoration the aircraft looked ready to board passengers (Carlos Gomez) Arrival at JFK Airport during the wee morning hours of Oct 30, 2018 (TWA Hotel Photo)
L1649A N8083H September 26, 1998 L1649A N8083H November 20, 2008
The view from the TWA Terminal is very much like it would have been in 1962 (RM Pettersen) With the hotel in the background, the Starliner looks spectacular on the plaza (RM Pettersen) An unusual photo vantage point can be had on the pool floor of the Hughes wing (RM Pettersen)
  • Current registration - N8083H
  • Completed for LAI as I-LIRA but remained stored at Lockheed in early 1958
  • Delivered to TWA April 1958 as L1649A N8083H
  • Ferried to Mid Continent Airport, MO April 1958 for conversion to TWA standards
  • Entered service with TWA May 1958
  • Last passenger service with TWA on December 20, 1960
  • Converted to freighter by Lockheed Air Service and returned to TWA March 3, 1961
  • Leased to Alaska Airlines April 1962 and sold to them December 31, 1962
  • Retired by Alaska Airlines May 1967 and used for spares at Seattle, WA
  • Restored December 1968 and converted to a bulk fuel oil carrier
  • To Red Dodge Aviation November 16, 1968
  • To Prudhoe Oil Distributing Company December 2, 1968
  • Possibly leased to Interior Airways in 1969
  • Stored at Anchorage, AK by June 1972
  • To Westair September 9, 1974 and flown to Kenai, AK for storage during winter 1974-75
  • To Onyx Aviation November 14, 1975
  • To Burns Aviation January 17, 1976 but aircraft remained at Kenai
  • Impounded at Kenai in 1978 for non-payment of parking fees
  • Sold at auction to Gerald McNamara May 24, 1979 for $150
  • To Airborne Enterprises Inc May 8, 1980
  • Restored at Kenai and flown to Anchorage on August 26, 1980; Seattle, WA on November 29, 1980; and finally to Chandler, AZ by February 1981
  • To Canary Leasing Corporation August 1981
  • Extensive overhaul at Chandler completed in early 1983 where it was modified to airdrop marijuana
  • Observed flying at low altitude on a number of occasions with the rear cargo door open
  • Departed Chandler for Central and South America February 1983
  • Stuck in mud with damaged prop at remote landing field in Colombia, South America August 1983
  • Prop replaced and flown to San Pedro Sula, Honduras where it was noted in September 1983
  • Abandoned at San Pedro Sula
  • To Maine Coast Airways (Maurice Roundy) May 23, 1986
  • Ferried to Auburn-Lewiston Airport, ME via Ft Lauderdale, FL on May 31 to June 1, 1986
  • Stored at Auburn-Lewiston Airport adjacent to Maurice Roundy's home
  • Due to corrosion in the wings, aircraft will be restored for static display only
  • Sold to Jim Thompson, a Florida land developer, and registered to him on April 19, 2006
  • Still on Maurice's property at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport in August 2006
  • Returned to Maurice in early 2007 due to non-payment
  • Aircraft, along with N974R and N7316C, sold at auction on December 18, 2007 to Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung
  • Stored at Auburn-Lewiston Airport partially stripped of parts used for the restoration of N7316C
  • Will be restored and painted in 1950's TWA colors for use as a cocktail lounge adjacent to the old TWA terminal at JFK Airport
  • Restoration began early June 2018 and completed mid-September
  • Aircraft disassembled and transported to JFK Airport in October 2018
  • Stored at JFK Airport awaiting completion of the pad adjacent to the hotel, which is scheduled to open on May 15, 2019
  • Reassembly began on April 9, 2019 and was completed by early May
  • Aircraft opened as a cocktail lounge on May 15, 2019

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