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Revolution in the Sky : The Lockheed's of Aviation's Golden Age

This is the fascinating story of the single-engine Lockheeds flown by Charles Lindbergh, Wiley Post and Will Rogers, Amelia Earhart, and Jimmy Doolittle.

Author:Richard Sanders Allen
Specs:256 pages, 29.5 x 23 x 2.5 cm / 11.6 x 9.1 x 0.98 in, hardback
Illustrations:250 b&w photographs, 12 drawings
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
EAN:9780887405846
Book: Revolution in the Sky : The Lockheed's of Aviation's Golden Age

Revolution in the Sky : The Lockheed's of Aviation's Golden Age

Language: English

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Queen of the Skies - The Lockheed Constellation

A revolutionary commercial propeller transport, the Lockheed Constellation burst on the aviation scene in the early 1940s. Unheralded for the most part, due to wartime secrecy, it finally entered commercial service in 1946, and promptly set new standards for speed, range, reliability, and passenger comfort. The Connie, as it was affectionately known, pioneered new flight paths in many parts of the globe.

Connies ultimately flew commercially for more than thirty years, and underwent countless modifications and upgrades during that time. They continued to be utilized by the military as well; in fact, Connies were involved in a number of endeavors that remain shrouded in secrecy to this day.

This, then, is the story of a remarkable and distinctive airplane. It is also the story of the people who made the Constellation great, including aviation legends like Howard Hughes and Clarence "Kelly" Johnson. Most importantly, however, it is a story that sheds light on the dynamics of technology, politics, and society in the years 1940 to 1980.
This revised edition contains an additional chapter on Constellations that are still flying today, as well as an additional appendix of the Constellation's operations manual.

Author:Claude G. Luisada
Specs:424 pages, 26.5 x 18 x 4 cm / 10.4 x 7.1 x 1.57 in, hardback
Illustrations:51 b&w photographs and drawings
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2014)
EAN:9780764346392
Book: Queen of the Skies - The Lockheed Constellation

Queen of the Skies - The Lockheed Constellation

Language: English

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Lockheed Constellation : A History

Clarence 'Kelly' Johnson's design for the Lockheed Constellation, known affectionately as the 'Connie', produced one of the world's most iconic airliners. Lockheed had been working on the L-044 Excalibur, a four-engine, pressurised airliner, since 1937. In 1939, Trans World Airlines, at the instigation of major stockholder Howard Hughes, requested a 40-passenger transcontinental aircraft with a range of 3,500 miles, well beyond the capabilities of the Excalibur design. TWA's requirements led to the L-049 Constellation, designed by Lockheed engineers including Kelly Johnson and Hall Hibbard.

Between 1943 and 1958, Lockheed built 856 Constellations in numerous models at its Burbank, California, factory - all with the same distinctive and immediately recognisable triple-tail design and dolphin-shaped fuselage. The Constellation was used as a civil airliner and as a military and civilian air transport, seeing service in the Berlin and the Biafran airlifts.
Three of them served as the presidential aircraft for Dwight D. Eisenhower. After the Second World War, TWA's trans-Atlantic service began on 6 February 1946 with a New York-Paris flight in a Constellation.
Then, on 17 June 1947, Pan Am opened the first-ever scheduled round-the-world service with their L-749 Clipper America.

In this revealing insight into the Lockheed Constellation, the renowned aviation historian Graham M. Simons examines its design, development and service, both military and civil.
In doing so, he reveals the story of a design which, as the first pressurised airliner in widespread use, helped to usher in affordable and comfortable air travel around the world.

Author:Graham M. Simons
Specs:320 pages, 25 x 17.5 x 2.8 cm / 9.8 x 6.9 x 1.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:175 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Air World (GB, 2021)
EAN:9781526758866
Book: Lockheed Constellation : A History

Lockheed Constellation : A History

Language: English

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Lockheed Constellation - Königin der Löfte

Die Lockheed "Constellation" gilt vielen als die Verkörperung des klassischen Propliners. Die aerodynamisch optimierte, geschwungene Form des Rumpfs führte dazu, dass sie als eines der formschönsten und elegantesten Verkehrsflugzeuge betrachtet wird, das je gebaut wurde.
Weltweit fliegen nur noch eine Handvoll dieser majestätischen Propliner und wo immer sie auftauchen, ziehen sie tausende begeisterte Zuschauer an.

Pages of the book Lockheed Constellation - Konigin der Lofte (1)

Wolfgang Borgmann macht dieses Buch mit herrlichen zeitgenössischen Bildern, technischen Daten und auch aktuellem Material zum Standard-Bildband der Constellation in deutscher Sprache.

Pages of the book Lockheed Constellation - Konigin der Lofte (2)

Author:Wolfgang Borgmann
Specs:176 pages, 24 x 30.5 cm / 9 x 12 in, hardback
Illustrations:160 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2018)
EAN:9783613040359
Book: Lockheed Constellation - Königin der Löfte

Lockheed Constellation - Königin der Löfte

Language: German

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Lockheed C-121 Constellation (Naval Fighters)

In 1943 the Lockheed Model 49 Constellation was the fastest and most modern airliner in the world. They were purchased by the USAAC as C-69s and in 1948 the larger more capable Model 749 was purchased as the C-121A.

This early Naval Fighters Series volume first published in 1983 covers the USAAC / USAF C-121A, the Navy PO-1W/WV-1 AEW version of the Model 749 from 1949, the stretched Model 1049 Navy transport R7O-1/R7V-1 from 1952, the Air Force Model 1049 versions C-121C/EC-121S/C-121G/AC-121/EC-121R, Navy WV-2/EC-121K AEW and Air Force EC-121C/EC-121D AEW platforms, and the experimental WV-2E/EC-121L AEW aircraft and the turbo-prop R7V-2/YC-121F transport.

The book includes brief Navy squadron histories, detail drawings, and essays on flying the Connie, Vietnam, College Eye / Big Eye, 552nd AEW, Bat Cat and AEWBARRONPAC.

Author:Steve Ginter
Specs:78 pages, 28 x 22 x 0.5 cm / 11 x 8.7 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w photographs
Publisher:Specialty Press (USA, 1983)
Series:Naval Fighters (8)
EAN:9780942612080
Book: Lockheed C-121 Constellation (Naval Fighters)

Lockheed C-121 Constellation

Language: English

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Super Constellation - Backstage

Die Lockheed Super Constellation gilt weltweit als das schönste je gebaute Verkehrsflugzeug. Entwickelt durch den berühmten Konstrukteur Kelly Johnson nach den Plänen des legendären Howard Hughes, wurden zwischen 1943 und 1958 insgesamt 856 Connies gebaut. Nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg galt dieses majestätische Flugzeug mit seinen vier starken Doppelstern-Motoren als Königin der Lüfte und wurde erst durch das Zeitalter der Jets abgelöst.

Im Jahre 2004 gelang es einer Gruppe von Aviatik-Enthusiasten, eine der noch wenigen flugfähigen Super Constellations aus Kalifornien in die Schweiz zu überführen. Sogleich begann die unglaubliche Erfolgs-Story der Breitling Super Constellation in der Schweiz, wo der rasch wachsende Verein SCFA (Super Constellation Flyers Association) Rundflüge und Flugmeetingbesuche anbot, mit zum Teil spektakulären Landeorten wie Samedan, Sion, Mollis, Altenrhein, Bern usw., wo zuvor noch nie eine solche Maschine gelandet war.

Nach 6 Jahren folgte Anfang 2010 ein abruptes Grounding wegen grosser Korrosionsschäden in den Flügeln. Dem Verein gelang aber die Herkules-Aufgabe, über 400 000 CHF zu sammeln und die Connie zu reparieren.
Der Leser erlebt in spektakulären Aufnahmen die Stationen der Breitling Super Constellation, von der Überführung aus den USA und ihren Einsätzen in der Schweiz über die Restaurierung bis zur dritten Wiedergeburt. Ein Highlight sind auch die Aufnahmen des weltbekannten Aviatik-Fotografen Katsuhiko Tokunaga, sie zeigen die Connie in ihrer ganzen Eleganz.

Author:Ernst Frei, Urs Mattle, Katsuhiko Tokunaga
Specs:104 pages, 24.5 x 30 x 1.5 cm / 9.7 x 11.8 x 0.59 in, hardback
Illustrations:1000 colour photographs
Publisher:AS Verlag (CH, 2011)
EAN:9783909111916
Book: Super Constellation - Backstage

Super Constellation - Backstage

Language: English + German

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Lockheed Tristar - The Most Technologically Advanced Commercial Jet of Its Time

In April 1972, after six gruelling years of design and development, the then Lockheed California Company (now Lockheed Martin) delivered the most technologically advanced commercial jet of its era, the L-1011 TriStar, to its first client, Eastern Airlines.
To mark the moment, Lockheed decided to make an impressive statement about the capabilities of its new medium-to-long-range, wide-body trijet airliner. It did so in spectacular fashion. Overseen by two test pilots, a total of 115 crew members, VIPs, Lockheed employees, and selected reporters boarded a TriStar at Lockheed's Palmdale plant in California. The subsequent 4-hour, 13-minute flight to Washington Dulles Airport was achieved with virtually no input from the two pilots in the cockpit, the TriStar's Automatic Flight Control System being 'engaged from takeoff roll to landing'. It was, Lockheed proudly claimed, 'the first cross-country flight without the need for human hands on the controls'.

The L-1011 had faced daunting challenges on the way to its inaugural flight. Divergent needs from competing airlines led to design challenges. Financial difficulties ravaged its engine's manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, whilst a recession, fuelled by the world's first oil crisis, lessened the demand for commercial airliners.
Lockheed, though, battled through these challenges with the result that the TriStar, famed for its large, curved nose, low-set wings, and graceful swept tail, remained in production until 1984, by when 250 examples had been built. The toll on Lockheed, however, was too great and after the TriStar it withdrew from the commercial aircraft business.

In this revealing insight into the L-1011, the renowned aviation historian Graham M. Simons reveals the full story of this airliner's design, development and service over the decades since 1970.

Author:Graham M. Simons
Specs:320 pages, 24.5 x 17 x 3.2 cm / 9.7 x 6.7 x 1.26 in, hardback
Illustrations:175 colour photographs
Publisher:Air World (GB, 2021)
EAN:9781526758828
Book: Lockheed Tristar - The Most Technologically Advanced Commercial Jet of Its Time

Lockheed Tristar - The Most Technologically Advanced Commercial Jet of Its Time

Language: English

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