Hello, I hope you like this stamp from Cuba, one of a set of 11 issued in 1954. A Lockheed Constellation (“Connie”)

Some trivia if this interests you. This was a propeller-driven airliner powered by four 18-cylinder radial Wright R-3350engines. It was built between 1943 and 1958.in Burbank, California, USA. A total of 856 aircraft were produced in numerous models, all distinguished by a triple-tail design and dolphin-shaped fuselage. The Constellation was used as a civilian airliner and as a U.S. military air transport

After World War II the Constellation came into its own as a popular, fast, civilian airliner with TWA receiving the first on 1 October 1945. TWA’s first transatlantic proving flight departed Washington, DC on December 3, 1945, arriving in Paris on December 4 via Gander and Shannon.

TWA transatlantic service started on February 6, 1946 with a New York-Paris flight in a Constellation and on June 17, 1947 Pan American World Airways opened the first ever regularly scheduled round-the-world service with their L-749 Clipper America, the famous “Pan Am 1″
Constellations set a number of records. On April 17, 1944, the second production C-69, piloted by Howard Hughes and TWA president Jack Frye, flew from Burbank, California to Washington, D.C. in 6 hours and 57 minutes (c. 2,300 mi/3,701 km at an average 330.9 mph/532.5 km/h). On the return trip, the aircraft stopped at Wright Field to give Orville Wright his last flight, more than 40 years after his historic first flight. He commented that the Constellation’s wingspan was longer than the distance of his first flight.

There is so much written about this aircraft. I leave you with this picture and one interesting link. Qantas Connie

Best wishes……… Michael

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