C-121 Nose gear
C-121A 48-609 was used on the Berlin Airlift before being converted to a VC-121A VIP transport. She served in this role until 1970 when the special air mission Connies were replaced by jets. She entered civilian service as a sprayer and was later owned by John Travolta for a time. She toured the warbird circuit in MATS colors, but in 2005 was ferried to South Korea for static display in Air Korea colors.
Lockheed Constellation Bibliography
"WV-2 Locates Downed B-47 - Three Survive Crash of Stratojet" Naval Aviation News May 1955. NATC aircraft helps locate survivors of crash in Canada.
"Strangest shape in the sky" Naval Aviation News May 1958 p.9 1 photo - WV-2E Super Constellation fitted with radome under test by NADU at NAS South Weymouth.
"Pacific Constellations" Naval Aviation News May 1959 p.28 1 photo Naval Air Transport Wing Pacific R7Vs
"Magnet Flights Span earth" Naval Aviation News December 1959. WV-2 global magnetic survey flights.
"USAF Restricts C−121G" Aviation Week January 4, 1960 p.27
"VX-6 R7V Bags Bugs in Flight" Super Constellation fitted to capture insects in the atmosphere between New Zealand and Antarctica. Naval Aviation News February 1961 p.33. Three photos, including VX-6 aircraft on the ice, and details of the collection device.
Photos (3): EC-121K of VW-13. Naval Aviation News September 1963
"El Coyote rides the ocean range" Naval Aviation News August 1964 ASWEPS EC-121K.
"VR-7's Det Alpha: Vietnam Lifeline" One photo of a VR-7 C-121C. Naval Aviation News August 1965 p.37
Philip J. Klass “USAF Plans New ‘Leap Frog’ Flight Test” Aviation Week & Space Technology June 27, 1966 p.79−82 3 illustrations [satcom tests]
Photo: C-121 Blue Eagle broadcasting aircraft, including a shot of the interior. These PSYOPS aircraft were the predecessors of today's EC-130 Commando Solos. Naval Aviation News November 1966 p.40
Photo: L-1049G CS-TLA as a bar. Air Pictorial August 1983 p.305
"Disappearing Connie Tracked Down" FlyPast No.78 / January 1988 locating L-1049C CF-RNR.
"Boh Boksanski's Lockheed EC-121 Constellation" FineScale Modeler February 1989 p.22-23 - the RAREplanes 1/72 scale vacuform kit.
Photo: NC-121K Paisano Dos of Project Magnet at MASDC. Warbirds International October 2000 p.27
"Super Constellation Revival" Aeroplane February 2008 p.10 C-121C 54-0177 at Udvar-Hazy
David Donald Spyplane page 58: color photo of a VQ-1 EC-121 at Da Nang.