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Cubana's Lockheed Constellation Fleet  
User currently offlinedoulasc From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 579 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

Cubana operated a Lockheed Constellation fleet in the 1950s. I see they had mostly Super Gs and a 1049 that ended up in Pendell Pennsylvania as a restaurant. I am curious of how many Connies did Cubana have and where did they end up after Castro took over Cuba? Did Cubana have any 049 or 749A connies.
The one that was the restaurant in Pendell is last I heard it is on static display at a Air Force Base in the state of Delaware. Non-air worthy I take it.

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User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

They did have 049s; offhand guess, no 749s.

They leased a 1049E circa 1954 and used it on the transatlantic flight; they got three 1049Gs circa 1956.


User currently offlinetxjim From United States of America, joined May 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

The son of one of the Cubana Connie pilots checks into this board occasionally, perhaps I can get him to chime in with more info.

User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

It's at the AMC Museum Dover AFB Delaware. Apparently, it also served with Capital Airways.


Just accept that some days, you're the pigeon, and other days the statue
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25999 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Quoting timz (Reply 1):
They leased a 1049E circa 1954 and used it on the transatlantic flight; they got three 1049Gs circa 1956.

I'm not sure the 1049E was leased. It was delivered new to Cubana, one of two 1049Es ordered by Norwegian carrier Braathens-SAFE but cancelled before delivery. The other one went to Qantas. Cubana didn't keep it long, probably only intended as a stopgap while waiting for the 1049Gs.

As mentioned, that's the aircraft that became the restaurant and more recently has been restored to resemble a military C-121C for display at the Dover AFB Air Mobility Command museum.
http://www.conniesurvivors.com/N1005C.htm


User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1708 times:

No idea about the 1049E, except Marson's book says it was leased. (Didn't check where it went after Cubana.) Cubana had two 049s, the 1049E that they got rid of in 1956 and the three 1049Gs-- nothing else.

User currently offlinedoulasc From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 579 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1627 times:

Quoting timz (Reply 5):

Besides their Super Gs they had Vickers Viscounts and a few Bristol Britannias


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