Constellation Restoration

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by Lawreston, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. Lawreston

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  2. John J

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    HR;

    Got to ride in quiite a few Connies. Beautiful Planes. One of my favorites.
    Thanks for sharing

    John J




     
  3. wsuffa

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    One of my first airplane rides as a kid was in an Eastern Connie. DCA - IDL.
     
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    It's a shame they can't get all 3 flying. Kudos to them for getting one back in the air. I'd love to fly in one (and I'd REALLY like to sit in the left seat!). IMHO, the most beautiful commercial airliner ever built.
     
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    BTW, nice pix Harley. Thanks.
     
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    4 R-3350s give it a nice sound as well.
     
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    Lufthansa got a heck of a deal - 3 for $750K. I was fortunate to have a tour of one of them by Maurice two years ago (just prior to the auction). They were/are beautiful birds. Back in the days when air travel was something special.
     
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    The Save-A-Connie group in Kansas City did a terrific job restoring theirs. It's worth stopping to see for sure.

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    http://www.airlinehistorymuseum.com/connie.htm


    Trapper John
     
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    Here's a few I took of the Super G in Kansas City. I think the Connie is THE classic commercial airliner. And flying was special then.
     

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  10. KennyFlys

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    The Connie is a classic. It was interesting in the movie on Howard Hughes when they discussed bringing on such an advanced aircraft and he was fighting to have it first.

    But, the GNS-430 looks strangely out of place; particularly above that old radar CRT which probably weights ten times more. :)
     
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    What??? $7.00 stale sandwiches in coach, and people dressed like they about to go out and cut the grass instead of fly across the globe don't make today's airline travel special? And don't forget $15 to check a bag, and $3 per bag to curbside check them.....
     
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    :rofl:

    I love the old pictures -- everyone is wearing a hat. I wish the grey Fedora would stage a comeback.
     
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    GACK -- a standard six-pack? I bet that wasn't standard either. I guess they figured safety over authenticity.:wink2:
     
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    I could fly it
     
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    I agree! The fairest of them all.

    Looks more like a King KLN-90 than a Garmin GNS-430 to me.
     
  16. KennyFlys

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    The 430 was my first guess since I had been staring at a mock panel most of the day.
     
  17. Tom-D

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    Attention All Connie lovers.

    Do you realize that the Connie at full power will consume $1750 of fuel and oil per hour?

    PER ENGINE
     
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    And it will convert it into a beautiful noise... in double stereo. :yes:
     
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    A Connie was my ride from Kansas City to San Francisco on the way to San Diego navy boot camp in 1958
     
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    I knew there was a reason I don't own one. :yikes:
     
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    Is that a problem?
     
  22. Tom-D

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    Would be for my aviation budget, I couldn't afford to fill the tank of the ground power unit to crank the 3350.

    We required that the power cart was hooked up and running 4 hours prior to start for preflight and power up of the INS to get an alignment, plus the oil tank heaters must have the oil up to 75 degrees prior to start.

    I based the 1750 price on the engine being new, and not leaking like a sive, and the fuel cost at $5 per gallon, and oil $5 per qt.

    3 years at NAS Andrews, project Jenny, 9 years with COMNAVAIRPAC staff, 5 years at Pt Mugu (Pacific Missle Range) = 43,000 hours in the Connie, and some other junk the navy had at the time..

    Pumped some fuel, burned some oil at uncle's expense. :)
     
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  23. RotorAndWing

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    So in 17 years you acquired 43,000 hours in a connie?