Aviation Photo #0183395 Lockheed L-749 Constellation - Western Airlines

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Former Pacific Northern Airlines craft. Note the "Speedpak" being placed into position.
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    John F. Ciesla
    Western Airlines
    Lockheed L-749 Constellation
    Lockheed Constellation/Starliner (C-69/C-121)
    Lockheed Constellation/Starliner (C-69/C-121)
    Lockheed
    2505
    N1552V
    Seattle / Tacoma - International
    Washington
    USA
    August 1968
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Hawaii, USA
12 days ago
I flew on a Western Airlines Constellation in August, 1970 from Anchorage to Homer, Alaska. All of the luggage was loaded into the Speedpak – it looked like a huge bathtub with small wheels that was attached to the underside of the fuselage. The unloading of it in Homer was very fast and efficient. It seemed like a terrific idea for that application and I always thought it was something purpose-built for small Alaska airports with limited ground staff. So, now I know it was used by many Connies for many decades.
Hawaii, USA
6 hours ago
Correction. My flight from Anchorage to Homer was in August, 1968. I recently learned that Western Airlines flew the final Constellation scheduled passenger flight in the U.S. on November 26, 1968 -- it was from Juneau to Anchorage.

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