I remember the first time that I got to see a Lockheed Constellation in person and climb aboard it to get a personal tour. It was at San Jose Municipal, back in the early 1990s, when a friend and I took a plane there on a trip
The nice folks from SAC (Save-A-Connie) Foundation were there on one of the ramps with their Constellation, and the pilot was kind enough to show us around the plane on a personal tour.
Parked right next to it was Bill Cosby's Gulfstream G4 -- got to see that close-up too!
Does anyone know if any efforts are underway to save the classic that is mentioned in the article above?
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ImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2206 times:
Hey, wait a minute. They are showing two different types of aircraft there---a standard and a Super. The older one must be "Columbine I" which I thought was at the museum across from Davis-Monthan near Tucson-----or was that a 118? oops senior moment!
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skywaymanaz From United States of America, joined May 2012, 583 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2103 times:
I have seen that plane at the Marana Regional Airport AVQ (not to be confused with old Marana AAF or Pinal Air Park MZJ nearby). I'd heard one of the Columbines was in a museum so I wasn't sure if this was an earlier plane or if it was being restored. Sad end for her and guess it is to much for a museum. She's parked in a place that isn't accessible. Far off in the dirt so you can't really taxi near her. Far away from the terminal too so you'd run afoul of Marana PD if you tried to sneak off for a look Marana had another Connie down there N494TW restored in MATS colors that I believe was at one time owned by John Travolta.
vc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1419 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2051 times:
Marana [AVQ] Avra Valley was the home of the Mats Connie . The nearby Hanger and the hard standing in front of the hanger was it's winter home and where it would undergo it's annual maintenance. Come about Easter it would leave Avra Valley for it's tour of the airshows and would not be back until about the end of October.
It was, years ago, owned by John Travolta but it's last owner , was the one who spent lots of money to get it into airshow condition. If I remember correctly it was in 2005 that it was flown across the north Pacific so as to become a static display at a Korean museum.
At one time Avra Valley was quite a Connie base with the MATS Connie, the Dutch Connie, A proposed Connie for the Swiss, and the Connie in the opening posting.
While it is sad to see these aircraft "rotting", at least they are not scrapped, and they can be eventually restored. I have seen some wrecks in very bad shape at Pima, and have been restored to something astounding. The Boeing 307 for example.
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