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Lockheed C-121 "Constellation"

The origin of the Lockheed C-121 stems from the 1939 development of the Lockheed L-49, a commercial airliner with a capacity for 40 passengers. Originally designated as the C-69 it was inducted in 1943 by the U.S. army Air Corps as a transport. In September of 1945, after the end of WWII, Lockheed returned to the "Constellation" as a luxuary airliner with increased capacity of 50-60 passengers with a maximum of 80 and in 1947 the "Super Constellation" with a longer fuselage and increased capacity of over 100 passengers.

The C-121 "Constellation" also known as a "Connie" was powered by (4) 3,400 hp turbo-prop radial engines, had a maximum air speed of 375 mph and a range of 4,900 miles. Utilized in many variants by the U.S. Navy and Air Force the "Constellation" excelled as a VIP transport and as specially equipped electronic radar, surveillance, weather research, and communication aircraft. Over 850 of these various aircraft were manufactured ceasing production in the later 1950's.





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