This Day in Aviation History
January 9th, 1943
First flight of the Lockheed Constellation.
The Lockheed Constellation (“Connie”) was a propeller-driven, four-engined airliner that was built by Lockheed Corporation between 1943 and 1958 at Burbank, California.
Lockheed built 856 in numerous models—all with the same triple-tail design and dolphin-shaped fuselage. Most were powered by four 18-cylinder Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclones. The Constellation was used as a civil airliner and as a military and civil air transport, seeing service in the Berlin Airlift and the Biafran airlift. It was the presidential aircraft for Dwight D. Eisenhower…..
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Photo Caption A Lockheed XC-69 Constellation with a Lockheed Vega in the foreground.
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