Aviation Photo #1603947 Lockheed L-749A Constellation - Trans World Airlines - TWA

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"Star of Virginia" taxies towards Heathrow North at the end of a transatlantic flight. She carries an under-fuselage "Speedpack" freight container.
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    Trans World Airlines - TWA
    Lockheed L-749A Constellation
    Lockheed Constellation/Starliner (C-69/C-121)
    Lockheed Constellation/Starliner (C-69/C-121)
    London - Heathrow
    United Kingdom
    September 12, 1954
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8 years ago
How much we modern travelers could learn from the golden age of transatlantic flying! Just stare at this picture a while..
8 years ago
Captures the era stunningly well - only 9 years after the end of WW2. The uncluttered look of Heathrow (concrete taxiway and simple grass edging)is clearly seen in the photo and you can almost hear the rumble of those four engines.
8 years ago
A beauty arrives on a beautiful early Autumn day fifty-five years ago!
8 years ago
I do believe that the creation of the constellation was a turning point in aviation, it was such a capable aircraft and it was eve designed by Howard Hughes to beat the less capable Boeing at the time. It really did set the standard for long range travel.
8 years ago
Wonderful photo. In those days you would never see anyone traveling wearing jeans.

7 years ago
Classic, nostalgic and timeless photo ! The Connie was one of the greatest aircraft ever !
7 years ago
Turning point in aviation or not, she's is a legend to me anyway... and utterly jaw droppingly beautiful. In fact I'd say she's the fourth most beautiful aircraft ever designed, built, and flown after the Spitfire (especially the original one with 3 blades), being consequent then also the Messerschmidt BF 109 and the Douglas DC-3. The Boeing 747 and all the jets and the great looking Tomcat come later than these legendary planes.

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