Lockheed Constellation Survivors

ZS-DVJ c/n 1042

In service with Lufthansa at Frankfurt Rhein-Main, Germany in June 1962 prior to World Airways lease as N45520 (Peter Whalley) Resting between flights in the mid-1960's painted in the very attractive colors of Trek Airways. (Dietmar Schreiber) Photo probably taken between May 1967 and June 1968 when aircraft was leased to Luxair and painted in their colors. (via Roger Bentley)
Arriving at Warmbaths, South Africa on October 9, 1971. Plans for conversion to a cafe never materialized. (via Erik Eriksson) Just out of the SAA paint shop at Jan Smuts International Airport on February 13, 2004 in basic Trek Airways colors (Roy Blewett) At the Denel Aviation ramp in September 2012 awaiting disassembly for transit to SAA Museum facility in Rand (Szabo Gabor)
Arriving at Rand Airport on October 13, 2017 after a 15 mile road trip from O.R. Tambo Intl Airport (John Austin-Williams) With the wing assembly complete, the task of mating the fuselage to the wing was completed on August 8, 2018 (John Austin-Williams) By December 2018 reassembly of the major structural components was complete and QECs had been installed. (Peter Brill)
  • Current registration - ZS-DVJ
  • Delivered to Lufthansa January 1958 as L1649A D-ALOL
  • Leased to World Airways October 1962 to February 1964 as N45520
  • To Trek Airways April 24, 1964 as ZS-DVJ
  • Leased to South African Airways May to September 1965
  • To Safari Travel Ltd and leased to Luxair May 18, 1967 as LX-LGX
  • Returned to Trek Airways June 1968 as ZS-DVJ
  • Retired by Trek April 1969 and stored at Johannesburg, South Africa
  • To W.J. Pelser July 27, 1971 who planned to convert the aircraft into a cafe.
  • Certificate renewed for a one-time flight to the "Little Kariba Resort" which was located midway between Warmbaths and Pretoria, South Africa on the old N1 highway.
  • A short landing strip was prepared adjacent to the resort and the aircraft arrived on October 9, 1971--->See Photos of The Dusty Arrival on Ruud Leeuw's Website
  • Plans for cafe did not materialize
  • To Die Afrikaanse Taal-en Kultuurvereniging 1973 and displayed at Klein Kariba, near Warmbaths by April 1974
  • Later used as boardroom at factory near Klein Kariba
  • To South African Airways for preservation in 1978
  • Dismantled May 1979 and transported, by road, to Johannesburg Airport arriving on May 23, 1979
  • To allow for ground shipment, the one-piece wing was cut off the aircraft, which precludes it from flying again
  • Restoration began February 1984 and was completed in time for SAA's Open Day on April 30, 1988
  • On display at the SAA Museum at Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg in Trek Airways color scheme
  • Painted by SAA in Trek Airways colors in February 2004
  • The museum plans to move the aircraft, by road, to Rand Airport in Germiston, South Africa
  • In early 2009 SAA is exerting strong pressure to move the aircraft from Jan Smuts International Airport to Rand Airport under threat of scrapping the aircraft
  • Sponsors being sought to cover the cost of such a move
  • "Donated" front and rear passenger doors to N7316C, which is being restored by Lufthansa in Auburn, Maine. Replica doors being fabricated at Lufthansa Technik facility in Germany to replace the airworthy doors
  • Disassembly began in October 2011 with removal of engine cowlings, props and fairings
  • Towed to Denel Aviation on May 12, 2012, where disassembly will continue
  • Disassembly resumed in early 2017
  • Fuselage moved to Rand Airport October 13, 2017
  • Reassembly began in 2018 with fuselage-wing mating completed in early August 2018 and landing gear installation a month later
  • Restoration continues


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