Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Photo: That's What I Call Super

Among the planes that now rest in the Airpark annex of the Museum of Flight just outside Seattle, Washington, you'll find a Lockheed Super Constellation wearing the colors of Trans-Canada Airlines, which evolved into today's Air Canada. The Super Constellation was one of the first airliners to take to the skies after the Second World War, and it was a fixture of air travel in the 1950s before the Jet Age really got in gear. This plane wasn't open to the public when I visited, unlike Air Force One and the Concorde, but the pictures I've seen speak of an old, vanished style that stands in stark contrast to what you'd find today.

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1 comment:

  1. When I flew to Canada in the very early '60s it was on the last regularly scheduled TransCanada super constellation from London to Toronto. I remember it being really, really noisy and loads of vibration for 12hrs which got us to Goose Bay for refueling. For luxury and comfort, it was the 5 day Cunard ocean liner trips across the Atlantic that I remember more fondly. You could stand outside in the weather, breath the ocean air, watch icebergs, etc. Not stuck inside a metal tube, breathing recycled air, trying to see through tiny, dirty windows, and eating cold or microwaved packaged food.