Lockheed EC-121 Constellation (48-0614)
Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ, 21 Apr 18. More from their website:
Markings: 7167th Special Air Missions Squadron, Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany, 1951
Serial Number: 48-0614
LOCKHEED C-121A CONSTELLATION
After the commercial success of the L-049 Constellation, Lockheed produced a slightly improved version designated L-749. This aircraft attracted the attention of the U.S. Air Force, which bought ten of them for long-range VIP transports and designated them VC-121A. The new transports proved to be very popular and regularly carried high-ranking Generals and Presidents.
Dwight D. Eisenhower had two different VC-121As assigned as his personal transports at different times. This aircraft was the first. It served him during his time as the SHAPE commander in the early 1950s. All of Eisenhower's Connies were called "Columbine" after the state flower of Colorado. The second VC-121A served "Ike" when he was President of the United States. Eisenhower also used one of the larger L-1079 (VC-121E) Connies as his third "Columbine" during his second term as President.
C-121A "Columbine 1"
Assigned to Gen. Eisenhower December 1950 to 1952. Next assignment was to General Gruenther. This is the first of three "COLUMBINES." Delivered to the USAF on February 4, 1949. Retired from operational service June, 1967.
I sure did like it and also those USAF EC-121 Connie photos you have uploaded!!! :-)
Thanks much for sharing these photos with us!!!
Wingspan: 123 ft
Length: 95 ft 2 in
Height: 23 ft 8 in
Weight: 72,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed: 330 mph
Service Ceiling: 25,000
Range: 2,400 miles
Engines: 4 Wright R-3350 radials, 2,200 hp each
Crew: 4, 60passengers
with Gen Haig's flag on it as SHAPE commander. That would have been around 1975.
I just wonder about the "Retired from operational service June, 1967. Of course,
Haig may have requested it as his own choice.
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