This Day in Aviation History
October 10th, 1956
First flight of the Lockheed L-1649 Starliner.
The Lockheed L-1649 Starliner was the last model of the Lockheed Constellation line. Powered by four Wright R-3350 TurboCompound engines, it was built at Lockheed’s Burbank, California plant from 1956 to 1958.
Development of the Starliner began when Lockheed designed the L-1449 in response to the Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas. Powered by four 5500 hp Pratt & Whitney PT2G-3 turboprop engines, the L-1449 would have cruised faster than the DC-7C but would have had comparable range with the 10200 US gallon fuel capacity in a new 150 ft (46 m) wing. Pratt & Whitney dropped the PT2 project ca. March 1955 due to expected unreliability, high specific fuel consumption and high operating costs, though the T34 military version of the engine powered the Douglas C-133 freighter (which was also plagued with marginal reliability)…..
Wikipedia, Lockheed L-1649 Starliner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_L-1649_Starliner
YouTube, TWA Lockheed L-1649A Starliner – “Boarding & Taxi” – 1958: TWA Lockheed L-1649A Starliner – “Boarding & Taxi” – 1958
Lufthansa is in the process of restoring a L-1649A.
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