Constellation - Between 1948 and 1968 - Used, mint condition
This is a nice photograph that depicts the Lockheed VC - 121B Constellation " The Dewdrop " ( 48 - 608 ), used by the U.S.A.F. to fly V.I.P. missions ( 1948 - 1968 ).
||Used, mint condition
||Between 1948 and 1968
||17.73 x 23.6 cm
Today, we offer for sale this rare photograph that depicts Lockheed VC - 121B Constellation " The Dewdrop " ( 48 - 608 ). This aircraft made its first flight on October 11th, 1948. In November of the same year, it was delivered to the U.S.A.F. with the following serial number : 48 - 608, and later, converted on assembly line to the only VC - 121B for V.I.P. use.
During the 1948 presidential election, she was named " The Dewdrop " for the anticipated win by Thomas Edmund Dewey ( 47th Governor of New York, 1902 - 1971 ), but when President Harry S. Truman ( 1884 - 1972 ) won the election, the latter kept his VC - 118. The aircraft flew V.I.P. missions during its military career. She was retired from U.S.A.F. service and flown to Davis Monthan Air Force Base for storage in April 1968 after removal of interior furnishings.
Here are her successive assignments during her civilan career :
- Sold to Kolar, Inc. at DoD Auction on June 17th, 1971.
- To Aero Tech, Inc. on September 23rd, 1971.
- To Aviation Specialties, Inc. on September 26th, 1972, for conversion as an agricultural sprayer.
- Registered N608AS on March 26th, 1973.
- Stored at Mesa ( Arizona, United States ) from late 1976 to early 1979, and then again in 1981.
- To Globe Air, Inc. in April 1981 and for sale for $84,000 in early 1982.
- Sold to Tom Woodward at the Globe Air Auction in October 1985.
- Ferried from Mesa to Ryan Airfield ( near Tucson, Arizona ) on July 19th, 1986.
- Sold to Harry Oliver on February 21st, 1990.
- Used as a source of spares for the restoration of N9463 / 48 - 610 " Columbine II " in 1989.
- Stored at Ryan Airfield in derelict condition until scrapped on January 11th, 2002.
( sources : Wikipedia, www.conniesurvivors.com )