Tuesday, May 13, 2008

C-121A Constellation MATS Connie walk-around

C-121A Constellation. Although the USAAF had operated earlier Constellations as C-69s, the C-121As (military variants of the Model 749s) were considerably larger and more powerful. The Connies soon made their mark on long distance hauls, carrying up to 44 passengers or 20 stretchers.
C-121A Connie overall photo

C-121 MATS Connie photo

C-121A engine

Lockheed C-121 nose gear photo
C-121 Nose gear

C-121 Constellation tail photo

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.
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