It is always great to see a historic aircraft return to the skies. Lufthansa tried this with a 1950s Lockheed ‘Super Star’ Constellation aircraft in 2007. Unfortunately, restoration work wascanceledin 2019, and the aircraft is now stored in Bremen after $160 million was spent on the project.
What happened to Lufthansa’s super star constellation?
It is always great to see a historic aircraft return to the skies. Lufthansa tried this with a 1950s Lockheed ‘Super Star’ Constellation aircraft in 2007. Unfortunately, restoration work was canceled in 2019, and the aircraft is now stored in Bremen after $160 million was spent on the project.
Where are Lufthansa’s old planes now?
It is now stored, in parts, in a hangar at Bremen airport, according to Pettersen. Another aircraft that Lufthansa bought was sold to the TWA Hotel at New York JFK, where it has been on display and used as a cocktail bar since 2019. A second Constellation aircraft is now as JFK as part of the TWA Hotel.
What happened to Lufthansa’s VC-121A n422na/48-613 Bataan?
The exhibit includes the forward fuselage of former Biafran Airlift veteran L1049G 5T-TAK, which was delivered new to Lufthansa in March 1956 D-ALEC. The exhibit includes at least one cowled R3350 engine and a fully restored cockpit. It appears that the multi-year restoration of VC-121A N422NA/48-613 Bataan is nearing completion.
What happened to Australia’s Super Constellation VH-EAG?
Australia’s Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Super Constellation VH-EAG made two flights on August 3rd. The aircraft hadn’t flown for quite a while and was the aircraft’s first flights after undergoing required maintenance and inspections. Two flights were completed for pilot requalifying and apparently all went well.
What was blamed for the Lufthansa project?
Cost overrun was blamed for the project, but we never actually learned how much Lufthansa spent…until recently.
When did Lufthansa buy Lockheed Constellation?
The plan was to offer heritage/scenic flights in Germany on these historic aircraft. Lufthansa acquired two Constellations in 2007 at an auction in the USA.
Was the Lockheed Constellation scrapped?
We knew a decades-long process to make a Lockheed Constellation airworthy again was scrapped, but now we know how much it cost…and that amount is staggering.
Who manages ConnieSurvivors.com?
Ralph Pettersen, who manages ConnieSurvivors.com, a website dedicated to the Constellation, explained what might have happened:
What aircraft replaced the Lockheed Starliner?
If Lufthansa had succeeded in returning the aircraft to service, it would be the first of the 44 Starliner aircraft to fly again. Trans World Airlines, Air France, and Lufthansa were the main operators of the Lockheed Starliner, and they all replaced them with Boeing 707 aircraft in the early 1960s.
How much did Lufthansa spend on restoring a plane that never flew?
Wow: Lufthansa Spent $160m On Restoring A Vintage Plane That Never Flew. It is always great to see a historic aircraft return to the skies. Lufthansa tried this with a 1950s Lockheed ‘Super Star’ Constellation aircraft in 2007. Unfortunately, restoration work was canceled in 2019, and the aircraft is now stored in Bremen after $160 million was …
How many Starliner were built?
The Starliner was the last model of the series to be built, entering service in 1957, and they were all retired by the early 1980s. Only 44 aircraft were built, and many of these were scrapped following retirement. A few survived, and Lufthansa acquired three of these in 2007.
Which airline operated the Lockheed Super Constellation?
Lufthansa operated both Lockheed Super Constellation and Starliner aircraft. Photo: Lufthansa . Lufthansa was the last airline to purchase the Starliner, purchasing four aircraft in 1957. It marketed them under the name ‘Super Stars’ rather than Starliner (TWA did the same, naming their Starliners as Jetstreams.)
How much did Lufthansa restoration cost?
In May 2020, it was reported by news portal aeroTELEGRAPH that the project had cost Lufthansa €150 million ($162 million).
When did Lufthansa buy Lockheed Starliner?
A few survived, and Lufthansa acquired three of these in 2007. They had been parked next to Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport in Maine for around 20 years and were sold as part of a bankruptcy auction. TWA was the largest operator of the Lockheed Starliner. Photo: NACA via Wikimedia.
Where is the Lufthansa plane stored?
The restoration project was stopped in 2018, however, and the plane was shipped to Germany in 2019. It is now stored, in parts, in a hangar at Bremen airport, according to Pettersen. Another aircraft that Lufthansa bought was sold to the TWA Hotel at New York JFK, where it has been on display and used as a cocktail bar since 2019.
What to do if your flight is cancelled by Lufthansa?
In case your flight is cancelled, please contact a ? Lufthansa Service Center or your travel agency to discuss your further travel plans.
How old do you have to be to get a TMA?
Proof of immunity: The proof of recovery (digital or analogue) must be a PCR/LAMP/TMA test proof that is at least 28 days and at most six months old (not valid for virus variant areas). Certificates are accepted in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, self-tests are not valid.
When to take PCR in Germany?
A PCR, LAMP and TMA test must be be taken 72 hours before arrival in Germany, Antigen tests at the earliest 48 hours before arrival in Germany. (Exception: Antigen tests only 24 hours if arriving from virus variant areas).
When is a PCR test valid in Germany?
Test evidence: Antigen, PCR, LAMP and TMA tests performed at certified testing sites are valid. A PCR, LAMP and TMA test must be be taken 72 hours before arrival in Germany, Antigen tests at the earliest 48 hours before arrival in Germany. (Exception: Antigen tests only 24 hours if arriving from virus variant areas).
What test results are required for a flight in Frankfurt?
All passengers aged six years or older with a connecting flight in Frankfurt or Munich must present a negative test result (PCR, antigen, RT-LAMP or TMA) at the time of departure.
What is a negative test for a Schengen flight?
All passengers aged six years or older with final destination in Germany must present a negative test result (PCR, antigen, RT-LAMP or TMA) at the time of departure.
Can you find fake Lufthansa contacts?
Currently, fraudulent fake pages with purported Lufthansa contacts can be found on the Internet using the standard search engines. These aim to access the (personal) details of our customers. Please only use channels listed on lufthansa.com for making contact, and enter your details only on lufthansa.com. Always access the website manually by typing in your browser’s address bar, and do not follow any link that has not been made available by Lufthansa.
Where are Hope Aero propeller blades made?
Seventeen of eighteen propeller blades have been complete by Hope Aero in Toronto, Canada with final blade in work. Four engines have been overhauled and successfully test run by Anderson Aeromotive in Grangeville, Idaho. Another engine has been overhauled with the sixth engine awaiting overhaul.
Where are the main frames located?
The main frames are located in front and behind the wing and are critical as they transfer the flight loads from the wing to the fuselage. It was originally thought that they could be repaired but corrosion and drill holes made this impossible and new main frames had to be designed and fabricated.
Where was the N974R parked?
After an unsuccessful attempt to ferry N974R from Florida to Auburn in September 1988, it was parked at Sanford International Airport for thirteen years before Maurice made it airworthy and ferried it to Kermit Weeks Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida in October 2001.
When did Maurice and Jane meet?
Maurice and his wife Jane had a home on the airport and I first met them in January 1998, when I made a trip to Maine to see the airplanes. My timing was awful, as I arrived in Maine just a few days after an epic ice storm had slammed New England.
Do landing gear trunnions have to be installed?
The main gear trunnions have been installed but attachment of the landing gear assemblies is waiting for the engine nacelles to be completed. As with so many other components, the trunnions had to be redesigned and machined from a new material after the original forgings were found to be unusable.
Is Lufthansa restoring the N7316C?
Lufthansa’ s ambitious goal of restoring N7316C to strict current Part 121 airliner standards exponentially increased the scope and complexity of the project and it’s safe to say that a static display restoration would have been completed years ago.
How long does it take to restore the Tigris?
The restoration project was scheduled to take two to three years, but eight years later, dozens of mechanics were still working on the project for 60 hours per week. Conrad said in 2016 that he hoped Star of the Tigris would be ready for test flights by the end of 2018.
What plane was Connie on?
Like the other Starliners, Connie’s life ferrying the rich and famous across the Atlantic was short-lived, grounded by the Boeing 707, which was 300 mph faster. In 1961, Connie was converted into a cargo plane, and for the next 20 years, her fortunes dwindled.
How much did Lufthansa pay to restore the Star of the Tigris?
Talk about a reversal of fortunes. In the final chapter of a long-running vintage aircraft saga, it was revealed last week that Lufthansa paid $163 million to restore a 1958 Lockheed Constellation Starliner, Star of the Tigris, into mint flying condition, only to jettison the project after ten years of restoration work.
What was the Constellation considered in the 1950s?
It was considered state of the art in amenities and technology. “The Constellation represented the ultimate in airline performance and luxury during the 1950’s,” wrote Ralph Pettersen on his website, which covers the remaining Constellation aircraft around the world.
Where is the Star of the Tigris?
The Star of the Tigris sat on the side of the airport in Lewiston, Maine, after being rescued.
Where is the Connie lounge?
At the other end of the surprise-ending spectrum, “Connie,” a second Starliner that the German airline purchased only for parts to rebuild Star of Tigris, has become a trendy, showpiece lounge outside the TWA Hotel at New York City’s JFK airport. WATCH.
Is the Lockheed Starliner in the TWA hotel?
This Lockheed Starliner has become a trendy lounge as part of the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport. Adobe. In 2018, without warning, the restoration work on Star of the Tigris stopped. The plane, which was nearly ready for flight, was taken apart, including its single-piece wings, and shipped to Germany.
How many super constellations are there in the world?
HARS Aviation Museum Super Constellation ‘Connie’ VH-EAG took to the skies at Albion Park on March 5th and thrilled onlookers with some touch and go’s! Of the 856 Constellations and Super Constellations built, VH-EAG is the sole remaining airworthy example. Howard Mitchell captured the event in some very nice photos, which he has allowed me to share on this website. Paul Stewart recorded the event and posted an eight minute professionally produced video on YouTube. Many thanks to Howard for allowing me to post his photos and to Paul for sharing his video on YouTube. Kudos to all the folks at HARS, including the owners, restorers and volunteers for keeping this iconic aircraft airworthy for 25 years! They’ve done what many considered impossible and the enthusiast community owes them an immense debt of gratitude.
What is the name of the EC-121?
N1206 is the sole survivor of two ‘Willie Victor’/EC-121 prototypes delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1949. They consisted of a ‘short’ L749 Constellation fuselage fitted with a larger Super Connie empennage to compensate for the large upper and lower radar radomes.
What did John the AC say to the flight attendants?
John (the AC) said "You know, we are giving the folks a big Christmas Present but why not make it better!" His thought was to find out exactly where the folks were going and we could make a few stops to let those off closer to home or wherever… The grouchy Sarge said it was fine with him so we got the young Flight Attendant up and asked him to find out where they were all going… It turned out that a landing in Atlanta, Mobile and New Orleans would really help most on board! (only a few wanted to go to Jackson)…
What is the Constellation N9412H used for?
The Greenwood Lake Airport website features a short dirt-mag.com article and some photos of its resident Constellation N9412H, which is being used as a pilots lounge and flight school office. After retirement from airline service, the aircraft was flown to the airport in 1977 for use as a restaurant. Here’s a YouTube video of the aircraft’s arrival …
Will the Starliner be sold in 2021?
DLH Berlin-Stiftung (DLHBS) issued the following statement on February 22, 2021: "Since shipment of the airplane to Germany in late 2019, it was planned to work out a concept for the exhibition of the Starliner by the end of 2020. But the COVID-19 pandemic delayed everything. One element of the concept already in place is that the plane would not be sold but remain with DLHBS. Future plans for the Starliner will therefore be worked out togther with LH. As the pandemic affected the financial situation, further developments cannot be expected until these financial problems are finally resolved. Therefore, the Starliner will probably remain disassembled for a longer period and another and better suited storage place was found in a hangar at Paderborn Airport. As stated by DLHBS, this decision has nothing to do with the presence of the Quax-Community at Paderborn Ap., responsible for the former DLH JU52, a Me108 and a Do27. The transport of the Starliner will be done in several steps – mostly during nighttime – between the February, 22nd and March 2021. But this schedule is preliminary and depends on several different parameters."
What happened to TWA flight 529?
A few days ago Chicago TV station WGN aired a report on the 60th anniversary of TWA Flight 529, which tragically crashed just minutes after departing Midway Airport on September 1, 1961. L049 N86511 was brought down by a bolt working its way loose in the elevator boost system, causing the airplane to pitch up violently and enter an accelerated stall. The report is very well done and is well worth a watch. It highlights how far airline safety has come since 1961, when there were six U.S. airline crashes killing 200+ people. For more information about the crash, check out the Aviation Safety Network Report.
When will the R3350 be released?
The pilot made it look easy! Work Continues on R3350 Engine – March 9, 2021. As reported on this website on January 25, 2020 Patrick Smart has been rebuilding an R3350 engine that was once installed on Super Constellation 5T-TAF.