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The Lockheed Constellation Model Airplane
This large scale model is a hand made, museum quality plane that captures the beauty of the original. It's made with a lightweight frame and covered with a thin aluminum skin.
*This gorgeous model comes with an aluminum stand, so you can proudly display and admire it. For a limited time, with your purchase of this model we will ship you a Lockheed Flight Bag FREE!
Dimensions: 27.2" Long, With a 29.6" Wingspan
Weight: 7 lbs
The Lockheed Constellation ("Connie") is a propeller-driven, four-engine airliner built by Lockheed Corporation between 1943 and 1958 at Burbank, California. Lockheed built 856 in numerous models—all with the same triple-tail design and dolphin-shaped fuselage. Most were powered by four 18-cylinder Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclones. The Constellation was used as a civil airliner and as a military and civilian air transport, seeing service in the Berlin Blockade and the Biafran airlifts. The Constellation series was the first pressurized-cabin civil airliner series to go into widespread use. Its pressurized cabin enabled large numbers of commercial passengers to fly well above most bad weather for the first time, thus significantly improving the general safety and ease of air-travel. Three of them served as the presidential aircraft for Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The iconic Lockheed Constellation is considered by many to be the most beautiful airliner ever made. The graceful sweep of it's fuselage and distinctive triple tail make it instantly identifiable.
Sleek and powerful, Constellations set a number of speed and distance records. The plane's elegant appearance was the result of no two bulkheads being the same shape.
Howard Hughes often gets credit for designing the plane, and he was the driving force that resulted in its being completed. His dream was to have a comfortable, pressurized, airliner that could fly non-stop from coast to coast in under eight hours. He initially ordered nine to be built for TWA.
Regular passenger service was initiated in early 1946 and continued until piston engine powered airliners were made obsolete by Boeing 707 jets in the late 1950's.
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