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Constellation At ABQ?

Mon Nov 08, 2004 9:54 am

Driving down old Route 66 in Albuquerque yesterday, I swore I saw a Lockhead Constellation taking off and landing at the airport yesterday. Does anyone know why one would be there, let alone flying around the airport?

Given that Kirtland AFB has strange aircraft all the time, I thought at first it was an Air Force plane. But as it got closer, I noticed the 3 tail fins and the long nose landing gear that made me think it was a Connie. Due to lighting, I couldn't see the color scheme. Anyone with any info?

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RE: Constellation At ABQ?

Mon Nov 08, 2004 10:03 am

It was the MATS Connie , which is owned by Vern Raeburn who lives at ABQ, and is building his new executive jet there
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RE: Constellation At ABQ?

Mon Nov 08, 2004 10:04 am

I know there is a restored connie in twa livery flying,it attends airshows and such. Maybe he stopped for fuel or abq had a show.Now i did here there were some guys trying to build one out in one of those baoneyards a few years ago...they may have gotten one up...but i only know of the twa in this country still flying...nice plane ...inside is excellant
i can see for 80 miles
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RE: Constellation At ABQ?

Mon Nov 08, 2004 11:16 am

Hey, trivia time. Where can you find two airworthy Connies?
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RE: Constellation At ABQ?

Mon Nov 08, 2004 11:29 am

I didnt know about the guy in abq,has he restored it back to military config....The twa I think is based in mci....but they did a great job on restoring this one... Hmmm How many connies still flying ...well i guess heres im sure there has to be some more somewhere...
i can see for 80 miles

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