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Lockheed VC-121A

Lockheed VC-121B  48-0610

Lockheed VC-121A Constellation (Data for C-121A)
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Primary Function:
Military Transport/Airliner/VIP Transport
Lockheed Aircraft Corporation Burbank, California
7 to 8
64 to 74
First Flight:
13 October 1950 (Super Constellation prototype)
Wingspan: 123 feet 0 inches
Length: 116 feet 2 inches
Height: 27 feet 0 inches
Empty Weight: 80,611-lbs.
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 143,600-lbs.
No. Engines: Four
Engine Manufacturer: Wright
Engine Designation: R-3350-34 or -91 Turbo-Compound Radials
Engine Power: 2,200-hp
Maximum Speed: 321 mph
Range: 4,600 miles
Fixed Armament: None
History: The Constellation's unique 123-foot wing span, four radial engines, triple-tail design and graceful dolphin shaped fuselage make it an unforgettable aircraft. Lockheed designed the Constellation in the early 1940s. The design was in response to a specification supplied by Howard Hughes for a commercial airliner for TransWorld Airlines. In its day, the Constellation reigned as Queen of the Skies. It was the first aircraft to fly coast-to-coast non-stop and was pressurized. The "Connie" set new records for size and speed. In April 1944, a C-69 Constellation made world headlines when Howard Hughes and Jack Frye of TWA shattered the transcontinental commercial record, piloting the largest land transport plane ever built from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., in 7 hours 3 minutes.

Military use of the "Connie" spanned three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. At total of 856 "Connies" were built 1943 and 1958. They were used extensively by both military and civilian airlines until the early 1960s.
References: MATS Connie website

Jane's Historic Military Aircraft
Tony Holmes, Harper Collins Publishers, London, England, ISBN 0-00-472140-7

Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation
Michael J. H. Taylor, Portland House, New York City, New York USA, ISBN 0-517-69186-8