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I Am About To Fly The Superconstellation But.....  
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8850 times:

I'm about to go to central Siwtzerland to go join the Super constellation for a flight above the Alps from Buochs(close to Lucerne) to Geneva. However the problem is they announce a very stromy afternoon and still don't know whether I should go on that plane or not. So far the flight hasn't been postponed but I'm very skeptical about going on board a super connie with this type of weather. I hope it should be fine and that I'll be back safe to wrtie a trip report

Regards

BM


A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
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User currently offlineDogfighter2111 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8846 times:

haha, trust me on this: They won't allow the flight to depart if there are any issues which will cause problems in-flight. I think with such an old aircraft, they would take extra precautions.

Go ahead, enjoy your flight and have fun!

Thanks
Mike


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8838 times:

Dude, dyin on a connie is probably a good way to go  Wink

User currently offline764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8838 times:

Actually, the 1049 has survived a lot of bad weather in the past, so why should it be different in Switzerland? It might actually be more fun, although you probably won't get much of a view.

User currently offlineVc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1412 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8830 times:

There are a couple of things you should remember

1] The crew like living

2] The Connies used to be used as hurricane chasers so they are not as
fragile as they look.

You could cancel this trip and get knocked over by a bus. Go enjoy yourself

littlevc10


User currently offlineRpaillard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8767 times:

Hi RootsAir,

You are a lucky guy, so I cross my fringers and wish taht everything will be fine with the weather!

That said, I'm also booked for a tour with the Connie in early september. Maybe we could have a talk about you flight during the ZRH a.net meeting  Wink

Regards,
Raphael


User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8724 times:

How do you go about getting a ride on a Connie ?


So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY
User currently offlineRpaillard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8702 times:

Hi,

It's quite simple:

- First, you have to be a SCFA member: http://www.superconstellation.org/
- Next, on the flight programm, you select a flight, pay a fee.

It's that simple. It's also a fantastic project, and every aviation fan is more than welcome to sign up with the project!

Please also note that you have to be a member from at least 30 days before the flight, for insurrance purpose.

Hope you will join,

Raphael


User currently offlineOlympicbis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8661 times:

To fly in a Super Connie : YES
Add some turbulence for fun : YES YES YES
Have a nice & safe flight and I am sure many like me here will be looking forward to read your trip report !


User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8487 times:

Put it this way - if you don't take the trip, you'll regret it for the rest of your life - and if I could, I'd reach through the modem lines and strangle you! Big grin


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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 8446 times:

I'm sorry, but I now have to hate you intensely for the rest of my life!!  grumpy 

Your going flying in the sweetest looking aeroplane ever and your twitching about it!! Dammit man, chances like this don't grow on trees, do it and enjoy it. Sod the weather!!

Have a safe flight. May your next one be on a flying saucer Big grin

Andy  old  and jealous as hell.



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4360 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 8423 times:

They cancel the flights if the weather is just remotedly doubtable. My first flight for which I came to Basel last august was cancelled. The weather conditions were above minima for a flight without passengers, but the crew decided not to go as the clouds and turbulence wouldn't appeal to most passengers. So it's more likely the flight is cancelled while conditions are safe enough then that the flight will go while it's not 100% safe.


nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9546 posts, RR: 42
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 8385 times:

I'd be more concerned with poor viewing conditions than with the storm itself but I'd rather fly a Connie in bad weather than not at all.  Smile

User currently offlineRpaillard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 8296 times:

Quoting TG992 (Reply 9):
and jealous as hell

You have NOT to feel jealous. As said on reply #7, you are more than welcome to join the porject if you could afford it. It's not very expensive, and I'm sure that you will be able to secure a flight between UK and Basel or ZRH.

Plus, it will be my pleasure to meet another a.net meeting during the SCFA annual meeting. And we also maybe share a flight!

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 10):
chances like this don't grow on trees, do it and enjoy it

I really have to second that. I actually do feel very lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy a such magical flight considering my age.

Best Regards,
Raphael


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8230 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 2):
Dude, dyin on a connie is probably a good way to go

It is a good day to die! (Star Trek fans will appreciate that)



Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
User currently offlineMarkHKG From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8155 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 14):
It is a good day to die!

Hrmm...I wouldn't think Klingons have a pre-flight safety card...the safety briefing would be tips on how to die honorably.

(Read the safety card!)



Release your seat-belts and get out! Leave everything!
User currently offlineAntoniemey From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1607 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 8072 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 14):
It is a good day to die! (Star Trek fans will appreciate that)

Very much so, thank you.  Smile

Quoting MarkHKG (Reply 15):
Hrmm...I wouldn't think Klingons have a pre-flight safety card...the safety briefing would be tips on how to die honorably.

"If the aircraft is going to crash, stand up and face it like a warrior!"

(Note, human beings should not try this)



Make something Idiot-proof, and the Universe will make a more inept idiot.
User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7957 times:

I've never even seen a Connie. I'd be very happy if I could just see one on final to DCA.

I'd fly on it in a minute, storms or not. If the crew thought it was safe it would be good enough for me.

What a fantastic opportunity. I hope you enjoy every second of it -- I know I would.



Flying Colors Forever!
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8691 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7776 times:

I agree with Contrails. A super connie over DCA would be perfect. Good luck. BTW, my 100th post. Not to shabby for a green horn.

MCOflyer



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineJohnny From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7739 times:

Oh, you lucky guy!!!

The Connie is one of the best looking airplanes.Enjoy your trip and do not worry about the weather!!!

If you are not sure, I could take your ticket if you want... Wink


Johnny  Smile


User currently offlineSevenforeseven From France, joined Nov 2005, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6613 times:

Rootsair, please can you tell me where to and how much the tickets cost????
Please Please.


User currently offlineVc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1412 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6435 times:

Sevenforeseven,

the following website might be of some help

http://www.superconstellation.org/

littlevc10


User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6365 times:

Quoting Contrails (Reply 17):
I've never even seen a Connie. I'd be very happy if I could just see one on final to DCA.

There is one parked at IAD... sadly its in poor condition. Ultimately it will become part of the Udvar-Hazy center if money permits.



CFI--Certfied Freakin Idiot
User currently offlineDC6BDreaming From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5631 times:

With liability insurance issues and a beautiful restored, but old airframe, I doubt they are going to fly the Connie in weather conditions that wouldn't be favorable. But even if they do, go for the finest ride of your life! A flight in a 1049 is something to savor! And if you do go down in flames, you did it in style!

User currently offlineTheRonald From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5292 times:

hey, go for it! you may NEVER get this oppurtunity again....note: if you really super nervous going on super connie, maybe e-bay Big grin OH YEA be sure to get pics/vids...


I already have the quilty concious, may as well have the money, too.
25 Post contains links and images Mikester540 : Yes, I took a picture of it in September of 2004. It was in a mothballed state. Not looking very good, but I'm sure they must've done something with
26 LXLucien : Hi RootsAir, did you flew the SuperC, was a very beautifull afternoon! Did you flew over the Lake of Zurich? If yes, saw you side by side with a Jet..
27 RootsAir : Hi folks My trop yesterday was just AMAZING. Finally the Gods of Weather were with us. The weather was very great. Unfortunately we didn't fly over t
28 Legoguy : How much is that in Euros? Glad your decided to go and enjoyed it!
29 RootsAir : That would be roughly 190 Euros
30 LXLucien : Hi RootsAir Nono, I was at Wädenswil, at school and saw the Connie flying from the Vierwaltstätersee in direction Zurich.. over the lake of zurich a
31 Post contains links RootsAir : Here is the promised trip report Panoramic Flight On SuperConstellation(w Pics+vid) (by RootsAir Jun 30 2006 in Trip Reports)
32 Amazonphil : RootAir, Enjoy your trip! Your in for a treat, I flew on them in S. Amercia in the 60's-70's when they were the latest in air travel....although I was
33 Amazonphil : RootAir, Enjoy your trip! Your in for a treat, I flew on them in S. Amercia in the 60's-70's when they were the latest in air travel....although I was
34 Post contains images David L : " target=_blank>http://www.superconstellation.org/ Typical! I'll be in Switzerland the week after the July programme . Not that I'd have got a flight
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