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Idlewildspotter
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Lockheed Constellation restorations

Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:56 pm

What is the status of Lufthansa's L-1649 Superstar?

How is Columbine doing?

Isn't there a L-749 being restored somewhere?
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Joolde
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Re: Lockheed Constellation restorations

Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:23 pm

LH Technik has no news posted on their Super Star website since March 2016.. https://www.lufthansa-technik.com/super-star-news
 
C133
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Re: Lockheed Constellation restorations

Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:28 pm

Check out: www.conniesurvivors.com .
Lots of Connie info there, including the latest on restorations.
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hotelima
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Re: Lockheed Constellation restorations

Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:37 pm

At Auburn-Lewiston airport, the Lockheed L-1649 N7316C restoration fate is now handled by the German American Aviation Heritage Foundation (http://www.gaahf.org). It seems that the restoration work has resumed this year.
As seen on the may 2017 gaahf letter, a chronology of main milestones under process for the year 2017 appears in the gaahf site (eg : installation of overhauled rudders, undercarriage cowlings, main undercarriage, flight deck instrumentation, electric and hydraulic systems...) As I did myself, you can subscribe to gaahf letters for free.
Hope such information will be useful for those who can't wait seeing a Lockheed L-1649 ploughing her way in our XXIst century skies !
 
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Re: Lockheed Constellation restorations

Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:39 am

Here's an article from November 2016 on the 1649 restoration:

http://www.conniesurvivors.com/1-luftha ... e-2016.htm
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RoySFlying
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Re: Lockheed Constellation restorations

Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:25 am

Some information on Lufthansa's aircraft, which by the sound of it will be an alomost completely new aircraft rather than a refurbishing of the old one.

http://superstar.lufthansa.com/en/a-new-super-star.html
 
Bavd
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Re: Lockheed Constellation restorations

Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:08 am

Has anybody an idea of the cost involved in this restoration? it must be astronomical. I know that the cost of attempting to restore N749NL almost bankrupted the aviodrome museum in the Netherlands and I understand that attempts to keep it flying are abandoned.
 
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Re: Lockheed Constellation restorations

Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:32 am

Bavd wrote:
Has anybody an idea of the cost involved in this restoration? it must be astronomical. I know that the cost of attempting to restore N749NL almost bankrupted the aviodrome museum in the Netherlands and I understand that attempts to keep it flying are abandoned.


They did go bankrupt ;)

I don't know the cost, but it isn't completely unthinkable that they are using it as a project to help train new engineers or develop new techniques for Lufthansa Teknik, offsetting some of the costs in the process.
 
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Re: Lockheed Constellation restorations

Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:16 am

VSMUT wrote:
Bavd wrote:
Has anybody an idea of the cost involved in this restoration? it must be astronomical. I know that the cost of attempting to restore N749NL almost bankrupted the aviodrome museum in the Netherlands and I understand that attempts to keep it flying are abandoned.

They did go bankrupt ;)

Sadly indeed, the Aviodrome went bankrupt. However, Libéma, who owns several theme parks in the Netherlands, took over, invested a lot of money and reopened the museum. It's an attractive museum with a great collection of aircraft. The Constellation is still here and in pristine condition but I doubt it will fly again. Search for 'aviodrome' in foto search and there are a lot of fotos.

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