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Ever Flown On/a Connie?

Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:39 am

What was it like? Fantastic? Awful? Loud? Quiet? Tell me! Big grin

Ever since DLing the Lockheed Constellation add-on for FS2004, I've been fascinated by this plane. Unfortunately there are only a hand full left in the world, and only 1 or 2 seem to be airworthy  Sad
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RE: Ever Flown On/a Connie?

Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:22 pm

An Expedition To Fly The Connie, Part I (by Rpaillard Sep 11 2006 in Trip Reports)
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RE: Ever Flown On/a Connie?

Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:35 am

This grey hair has logged miles on the connie in his younger days.
My last connie ride was a TWA Super G (L-1049G) from IND to PIT in June of 1966....complete with a hot meal.
I have also been in a few 749A's and 1049's. The best connie ride was a 749A
from ORD to MKC in Dec of 65 at 8000 feet on a clear night.
Nice ride with good evening view with moonlight....again, a hot dinner served.
I can still hear the engines growling, feel the vibration as I put me hand to the window and see the ripples in my coffee as the rings spiral outward.
Piston was king.

If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
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RE: Ever Flown On/a Connie?

Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:13 am

A small local airport here actually has a Connie that is converted into a Diner. The kitchen is up where the cock pit was and tables and chairs have replaced the seats. The outside still looks all original and is kept in great shape. Just can't figure out how they got that plane in there in the first place.
Oh, buy the way the name of the diner is Connie's Place.
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RE: Ever Flown On/a Connie?

Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:47 am

I will try this one more time. I have flown on a Connie. I flew from ADQ (NHB) to SEA in July 1970. The flight was great. Arriving in OKC was not.

I must have flown back home on a Connie also. The flight is very long from Kodiak to Seattle. However, those little packages of cigarettes were given with the meals. Flying has changed so much. I miss the "old" days (1960-1979) of flying.

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