Lockheed C-69 'Constellation'


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  Base model:C-69
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
  First Flew:1943/01/09

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Known serial numbers
42-94549, 42-94551 / 42-94554, 43-10310 / 43-10317

Examples of this type may be found at
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona

C-69 on display

Pima Air & Space Museum


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 , TX
Flew from McGuire AFB to Rein Main in 1960 with my Mom, Dad and four brothers and sisters. I remember we had to land at the Azores in the middle of the night to refuel and they drove us in a bus up the hill to someplace (officers club maybe?) for a meal, then back to the plane and on to Germany. We landed in the morning and I remember looking back at the plane, a silver MATS one with a black stipe on it along the windows. A great adventure.
11/27/2007 @ 15:51 [ref: 18694]
 Will Hawkins
 Menlo Park, CA
Referencing the black & white wind tunnel photos below which depict how the Connie got her tail. These photos are from the camera of Willis Hawkins, who was responsible for much of the Constellation's design, including the distinctive triple-tail.  Along with his principle design work, Hawkins was the lead on all of Lockheed's early wind tunnel work (assuming the responsibilities during the design of the Model 14 Super Electra).  He often took his camera along with him, not so much for historical documentation, as for creating reference aids for his design work.  There are a couple of things to note:  The model used for the original tests was the last version of the L-044 Excalibur, an earlier 4 engine design.  The first Excalibur was in preliminary design in 1937, about the time that the Model 14 took her maiden flight in Northwest Airline colors.  As Lockheed soon became swamped with the War effort, the Excalibur was placed on a back burner, but was revisited from time to time, each iteration growing larger than the last.  I believe the model pictured was probably it's final 30~40 passenger version, and was employed for the Connie's preliminary design work as a time saving alternative. Note the twin-tailed photo (the photo progression goes from the bottom, moving right to left); this was the L-044 Excalibur model prior to alteration. The next photo in the progression depicts the outboard verticals stripped off, with the new center vertical in place. Next, with the outboards back on, the first configuration to experience airflow. The final two photos record an experiment with a dorsal extension.
10/25/2007 @ 03:09 [ref: 18298]
 doug conly
 ringwood, NJ
there is lockheed constellation [ c69] parked in a small airport in west milford,n.j.
04/05/2006 @ 18:05 [ref: 13052]
 doug conly
 ringwood, NJ
there is lockheed constellation [ c69] parked in a small airport in west milford,n.j.
04/05/2006 @ 18:05 [ref: 13051]
 Rich Linder
 Tulsa, OK
You are getting the older C-69 confused with the later C-121.
03/23/2006 @ 08:37 [ref: 12889]
 Howard G Walker
As an AF TSG, I was a passenger on a MATS Super Constellation from Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, to Clark Air Base, Philippines, in 1965, so it was in service after the designated period.
06/06/2005 @ 08:34 [ref: 10408]
 Robert Rugg
 , CA
I first rode in a Super Connie in 1953 as I entered the Army going from Kansas City to Pittsburg. The next ride in one was with my family going from McGuire in N.J. to Rhine Main in Germany. Both rides were quite pleasant. the third ride was in 1964 Going from Tachikawa Air Base in Japan to Kimpo in Seoul, Korea. This time it felt somewhat strange, because I had just ridden in a Boing 707 from Travis AFB to Yakota Air Base in Japan.It seemed like riding a dinosaur to Korea.
04/05/2005 @ 01:03 [ref: 9889]
 Rodney T.
 , SC
My Air Force parents and I flew on a Constellation when leaving Panama in 1960 when I was 4. I can still see the Gulf of Mexico below. There is something about the design and the three tail wings that make it an awesome aircraft to see in pictures. I hope to see one in person again someday.
01/24/2002 @ 21:27 [ref: 4179]


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