Lockheed Constellation Survivors

N974R c/n 1040

L1649A N974R May 1976
Parked at Heathrow Airport, while in service with Lufthansa in March 1965 (Jochen Beeck) Rare photo of aircraft while in service with Air Venturers Travel Club (via Stephen Miller) Landing at Fort Lauderdale in May 1976 where she would sit for over twelve years (Bob Garrard)
Departing Sanford, FL October 19, 2001 for Fantasy of Flight on a flight many "experts" said would never happen (RM Pettersen) On display at Fantasy of Flight in January 2008, where many internal parts had been harvested for the restoration of N7316C (Snorre) With ownership transferred to Fantasty of Flight, painting into period Lufthansa colors had begun by February 2011 (RM Pettersen)
  • Current registration - N974R
  • Delivered to Lufthansa December 1957 as L1649A D-ALAN
  • To Lockheed Air Service May 1960 for conversion to freighter
  • Returned to Lufthansa July 27, 1960 and named "Neckar"
  • Leased to World Airways July 1962 to February 1964 as N45512
  • Returned to Lufthansa and restored to D-ALAN April 24, 1964
  • To Parker and Ransom Aircraft Sales February 22, 1966 as N179AV
  • To Air Venturers March 10, 1966
  • Leased to Trans Mediterranean Airways October 1966 to February 1967
  • To CHS Leasing Corporation October 1, 1967 and leased to Air Venturers
  • Registered N974R by mid-1970
  • To CJS Aircargo December 29, 1970 and stored at Houston-Hobby Airport, TX by March 1972
  • To West-Air June 23, 1973
  • To Charles Baldon Aircraft on June 27, 1973
  • Delivered Bethel, AK July 1973
  • To Onyx Aviation Inc on October 18, 1973
  • Stored Anchorage, AK until June 2, 1974 when departed for Houston, TX where it was stored spring 1975 to spring 1976
  • To Thomas Campbell July 15, 1975 and named "Ramatou U"
  • Leased to Burns Aviation April 28, 1976 to June 7, 1976 and ferried to Miami, FL on April 28, 1976
  • To Proimex International Ltd on May 20, 1976 ferried to Fort Lauderdale that same month
  • For sale August 1977 for $14,000
  • To Aeroborne Enterprises September 1980 and restoration begun
  • To Maine Coast Airways (Maurice Roundy) March 1986
  • Aircraft restored 1986 to August 1988
  • First attempt at ferry flight to Auburn-Lewiston, ME on August 18, 1988 resulted in an emergency landing at West Palm Beach Airport, FL after about a ten-minute flight
  • Second attempt at ferry flight on September 19, 1988 resulted in an emergency landing at Sanford Airport, FL after about a one-hour flight
  • Parked at Sanford with only intermittent maintenance and engine runs from September 1988 to early 2000
  • Restored by Maurice Roundy early 2000 to October 2001
  • Successful thirty-minute ferry flight October 19, 2001 from Sanford to Kermit Weeks "Fantasy of Flight Museum" in Polk, FL
  • On five year loan to museum
  • Aircraft sold to Jim Thompson, a Florida land developer, in the fall of 2005
  • Aircraft donated to the U.S. Airline Industry Museum Foundation (USAIMF) by Jim Thompson and registered on September 15, 2006
  • Due to lack of a USAIMF facility, aircraft remains parked at the Fantasy of Flight Museum
  • Maurice attempted to have aircraft ownership transferred to him in January 2007 due to non-payment
  • The museum filed suit in mid-2007 to prevent Maurice from regaining ownership of the aircraft
  • Aircraft, along with N7316C and N8083H, sold at auction on December 18, 2007 to Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung
  • On display at Fantasy of Flight Museum
  • Ownership transferred to Fantasy of Flight early 2011

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