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"The Constellation was a lovely sight. Lockheed had a tradition of building breakaway planes. Wiley Post and Howard Hughes had broken records circling the world in Lockheeds, Post in a single-engine Vega, Hughes in t he twin-engine Electra. The Connie, designed by Kelly Johnson, the best designer of his generation, had that handsome, racy Lockheed look. Its wing grew out of Johnson's design for the P-38 Lightning, ... The downward curve of the fuselage behind the wing, so pleasing to the eye, responded to a force of a mathematical imperative; it reduced drag by some 2 or 3 percent. The shape also ensured that the tail surfaces rode high above the plane's slipstream and thus made it easier to control in flight. The Connie's nose dipped downward for a structural reason too -- it shortened the nose wheel, whose gear would otherwise have been too long."
-- page 310, Conquest of the Skies, Carl Solberg, ©1979
"Found this on facebook from a pilot acquaintence...
"The post about the Super Constellation is the one that I'm recommending. I always thought the Connie was a beautiful aircraft.
John Kirk"

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December 8, 2010

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"...you asked for some photos of a Connie C121 here are a few... I have the one taken of the Trans World Airline is a restored Connie that came to Mississippi and I was fortune enough to be there and snap them.

"The ones of the navy Connie were taken at Wright Patterson AFB Museum that I took.

The two of the Blue and silver Super Connie were taken by a pal of mine at Mojave, California, and credit should be given to him.

The three in orange and silver were taken by another pal of mind who got them at an air show. I believe it was in South Dakota so, credit should be given to him." Larry.... "... Washington allowed quantity production of just one four-engine transport -- Douglas's smaller, unpressurized DC-4 (military designation: C-54). The Constellation, which was scheduled for a first flight test in mid-1942, finally flew as the C-57 in December 1943 ... . But [Howard] Hughes and [Jack] Frye were not to be denied. In June 1944 they flew the plane nonstop to Washington. With its powerful Wright engines, only introduced by the military that same year in the B-29 Superfortress bombers, the Constellation streaked across the continent in a record seven hours and thirty minutes. Thus Hughes served notice that he had the fastest airliner ever built and, come peacetime, his airline [TWA] would be number one."
-- page 193, Conquest of the Skies, Carl Solberg, ©1979
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