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Delta... Constellations?

Tue Jun 21, 2005 3:38 am

Anyone have pictures of a Delta Constellation?

I was told by a friend that they operated some short-body Connies.

But looking through A.Net and Google, couldn't find anything....

Any help would be appreciated!
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RE: Delta... Constellations?

Tue Jun 21, 2005 4:22 am

DL operated the 649, 649A, & 749.

It recieved a number from the merger of C&S with the speedpak (sic).

You will find photos of them in a number of books including, but not limited to:

Delta: An Airline and its Aircraft, REG Davies

Lockheed Constellation, Curtis Stringfellow and Peter Bowers

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RE: Delta... Constellations?

Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:24 am

Delta had 10 Connies. Here's a link to their fleet history. Regards.
http://www.geocities.com/~aeromoe/fleets/delta.html
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RE: Delta... Constellations?

Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:39 am

Six 749s were inherited from C&S but disposed of within a couple years (1953-1955). Four 049s were later acquired from Pan Am to accomodate recent route awards and operated for a couple years (1958-1960). In addition, Western acquired a few Connies through it's acquisition of Pacific Northern in the 60s.
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RE: Delta... Constellations?

Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:21 am

Some of the Western Connies, 649/749A's, acquired in the PNA merger came were original C&S Ships that flew with Delta for a short time after the Delta/C&S merger. The Pan Am 049's acquired by Delta after being granted the routes to New York and Washington from Atlanta were an equipment nightmare and were parked soon afterward. It took almost two years to sell them. I believe they were acquired in 1956, parked in 1958, and sold to AFA in 1960.
 
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RE: Delta... Constellations?

Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:40 am

And I believe the only reason C&S (Chicago & Southern...sounds like a railroad!) had them was to service the routes from New Orleans to the Caribbean. Their longest domestic route was MEM-MCI, 393 miles.

New Orleans-Havana-Port.au.Prince-Santo.Domingo-San.Juan
New Orleans-Havana-Caracas

With the "Speedpak" attached, it made the Connie a workhorse on these highly profitable international routes.
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masseybrown
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RE: Delta... Constellations?

Tue Jun 21, 2005 2:24 pm

Quoting Stirling (Reply 5):
With the "Speedpak" attached, it made the Connie a workhorse on these highly profitable international routes.

Pointless trivia: When I was a kid in Miami, Eastern flew a Speedpak of snow to the Boy Scouts so we could have a snowball fight the day before Christmas. They dropped the Speedpak from the fuselage and we had the fight right then and there in front of a cargo hangar.
 
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RE: Delta... Constellations?

Tue Jun 21, 2005 3:13 pm

Thanks for the info so far guys.

But no pics of this anywhere online?  Confused

I don't own the books mentioned  banghead 
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