doulasc From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 473 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2437 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.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23856 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1714 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
timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6693 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1340 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.