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2nd Feb 2008, 11:12
Hi guys I have never seen a constellation on the ground unfortunately, are there any anywhere in europe to be seen I wonder.


2nd Feb 2008, 12:37

Just a few pics to start with.

2nd Feb 2008, 13:27
And the next one is here.


RJ Kanary
2nd Feb 2008, 13:59
Sad to say......none of the images appeared in that last link. Ah, the vagaries of the Internet......................... :(

2nd Feb 2008, 14:43
"Sad to say......none of the images appeared in that last link."

The link is good and the web site well worth visiting.

Liffy 1M
2nd Feb 2008, 15:39
This is an authoritative website on surviving Constellations:


2nd Feb 2008, 19:41
Thanks guys the links all worked for me some very good pictures/stories as well,

The science museum at Wroughton I remember going there a few years back just to see the connie only to be very disappointed being told at the hanger that its not open to the public only on maybe one day a year, what a waste never did get back and it looks brill in the pictures,

The connie that's in Nantes France that's interesting I am going to that area later this year on holiday I wonder if any of you guys know if its viewable to the public.


2nd Feb 2008, 21:13
in Nantes, yes it is - prominently displayed in the main area of the airport

3rd Feb 2008, 18:30
The science museum at Wroughton, anybody know when its open to the public to have a look at there connie.


3rd Feb 2008, 21:37
There is a Connie outside the Hangar at Rennes or was last summer

3rd Feb 2008, 22:21
A useful list of the A/C and some more pics

All of the objects are in six hangars, each covering over an acre of land. The collection is open during a programme of summer weekend events.

( I have visited mid week with an aviation group )


Science Museum - (NMSI - as it likes to be called. A highly memorable tag )
Tel: 01793 846200

http://tinyurl.com/ypdvgo the NMSI web site

e-mail - [email protected] ([email protected])

4th Feb 2008, 18:37
Thankyou beamender99 I will drop them a line.


4th Feb 2008, 19:09
Is the Dutch Connie going to fly again ? - I understand that they have a replacement engine ?

They were the Days !!!! - a couple of interesting shots for you


5th Feb 2008, 17:50
They were the days indeed I only wish I had been able to see some in service,

So much more interesting than todays all look the same aircraft,

Thanks for the pictures.


6th Feb 2008, 09:12
Hi Nick, You missed out on Duxford 16 June 1998, The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation called in for a couple of days with the MATS connie and a C-54 ! I enjoyed a visit and they let you inside both, see below :-

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/keithnewsome/th_mat2.jpg (http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/keithnewsome/mat2.jpg)

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/keithnewsome/th_mats1.jpg (http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/keithnewsome/mats1.jpg)

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/keithnewsome/th_mats3.jpg (http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/keithnewsome/mats3.jpg)

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/keithnewsome/th_mats4.jpg (http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/keithnewsome/mats4.jpg)

6th Feb 2008, 11:11
Didn't Lufthansa just buy a couple with a view to getting one in airworthy condition? My memory could be wrong, but I'm sure I read something on here about that...

There is also one based in Switzerland I think. If you go on flightlevel350.com there are some videos of a connie doing low fly bys at an airshow in Switzerland...fantastic noise! :ok:

6th Feb 2008, 12:38
Breitling operate the Swiss Super Connie on the European circuit, which also appeared at Duxford several years ago - if the Dutch 749 and Lufthansa's 1649 get to fly again we'll have the potential of three in the air - magic!

Think the saddest decision was the grounding of the MATS Connie which is now located in Korean Airline's museum... On the other hand, good to see that Korean take obvious pride and are prepared to invest in their history unlike a certain UK airline.

6th Feb 2008, 17:26
Perkin Wow some fantastic videos there my fav was,


The take off at dusk with flames out of the exhausts was a sight to behold, thanks for the links,

Nice to see that some are still living and flying,

Pity the only one in the UK is kept under lock and key so much of the time.


6th Feb 2008, 17:47
I personally like the video of the Connie starting engines, terrific sound!

I believe its possible to fly in the Breitling Connie, but according to the website you have to join as a member of the club before you can board...they don't have the 2008 flight/event calendar on the website yet, however.


6th Feb 2008, 18:11
There are quite a few videos of Connies on YouTube.

This one (in two parts) about flying the Super Constellation is very typical of the period.

Part 1.

Part 2.

6th Feb 2008, 22:14
Seeing that big aircraft flying with three propellers feathered was quite something.