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Arguably the most graceful and beautiful airliner ever built, the Lockheed Constellation celebrated its 70th birthday in 2013. Conceived by Howard Hughes in the late 1930’s, the Constellation represented the ultimate in airline performance and luxury during the 1950’s with 856 being built for commercial and military customers. It was became the presidential aircraft for Dwight D. Eisenhower.One of the reasons for the elegant apperance of the aircraft was the fuselage
The Legendary Lockheed Constellation
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shape - a continuously variable profile with no two bulkheads the same shape. Unfortunately, this construction was very expensive and were soon replaced by modern jet airliners which were mostly tube-shape, more resistant to pressurisation changes and cheaper to build.There are about fifty-five “survivors” of the mass scrappings of the 1960’s and 70’s, with only C-121C's VH-EAG and HB-RSC still airworthy at the year 2015.