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Lockheed L.1049 Constellation

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A stretched version of the L.749, the L.1049 Super Constellation, was introduced in 1950. Gross weight was increased substantially when the fuselage was expanded by 18.4 feet and 3,250-hp Wright engines were fitted. The stretched “Connie” held up to 91 passengers; with tip tanks, range was increased to 5,840 miles.

The first prototype Super Constellation (a conversion of the original C-69 prototype) flew for the first time on 13 October 1950. First in commercial service (on 15 December 1951) was one owned by Eastern Air Lines. This version could accommodate 71 first-class or 95 coach-class passengers (14 delivered to Eastern and ten to TWA during 1951-52).

The L.1049C model had structural modifications to allow a gross weight of 150,000 pounds, provided that more powerful engines were available. Lockheed built 286 Super Connies.

L-1049 Super Constellation were in use by both the USAF and US Navy under a variety of C-121C and R7V-1 designations respectively.

Lockheed C 121G Super Constellation
Engine: 4 x Wright R 3350-91, 3501 hp
Length: 116.175 ft / 35.41 m
Wingspan: 122.999 ft / 37.49 m
Max take off weight: 144917.0 lb / 65722.0 kg
Max. speed: 320 kt / 592 km/h
Range: 1825 nm / 3380 km
Crew: 5
Payload: 72 Pax

L-1049G
Engines: 4 x 3400hp Wright R-3350-972T-C18DA-3
Max take-off weight: 130,000 lb
Empty weight: 33119 kg / 73015 lb
Wingspan: 37.62 m / 123 ft 5 in
Length: 35.41 m / 116 ft 2 in
Height: 7.55 m / 24 ft 9 in
Wing area: 154.40 sq.m / 1661.95 sq ft
Cruise speed: 589 km/h / 366 mph
Ceiling: 6950 m / 22800 ft
Range: 6700 km / 4163 miles
Crew: 4
Passengers: 62-109

RC-121
Max Take Off Weight: 142,000 lb

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Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation / EC-121

 

 

 


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