If you have any interest in the Lockheed Constellation then you need this video in your hands.
The video is comprised of two B&W films.
Lockheed Development of the Constellation
This film is a close look at the development and manufacturing of the Lockheed Constellation and features segments showing the Connie in use with Trans World Airways (TWA) and Pan American Airways (PAA).
You get to see parts of the Constellation development, never before seen. These include wind tunnel, extreme cold, component testing, equipment failure, construction techniques, and operational testing.
The Lockheed Constellation first saw active duty in the AAF as the C-69 during World War II. We see it here in the first military delivery testing.
A number of takeoff, landing, and in-flight shots are shown as well. One of my favorite sections is the takeoff and landing testing shot at the Lockheed facility. There is a hanger in the background with a huge sign painted on it that says “Ship the SLICK way” and in the foreground, we see a number of constructed but not yet delivered military Constellations.
Interior cabin shots of the Constellation in operation with Pan American Airways are shown. Of particular interest was the section in this film on the use and operation of the TWA “Speedpak” to load additional cargo.
Runtime: 18 Minutes
Letter From a TWA Constellation Pilot
We follow TWA airline Constellation pilot Pete Martin as he shows us what it is like to work at TWA. He shows us behind the scenes and takes us onboard his Connie flight from Los Angeles to New York La Guardia. However, Pete was on a crew change at Kansas City, Missouri.
We watch how fabulous TWA airline meals are made and served on long flights across the country.
There is a lot of the operation in Kansas City shown in this movie, including crew training.
In the film, we see the Star of France and the Star of Alaska aircraft.
Pete Martin has 18,000 flying hours and has been a pilot since 1933.
We go through the pre-flight briefing and get ready for takeoff.
The flight follows antiquated navigational aids.
You will be introduced to what goes into making up your flight by observing all the necessary operations from ticketing to the touchdown.
You are taken through all phases that add up to a safe and enjoyable trip during the post-WWII years, including food preparation, pre-flight preparation, weather analysis, pre-flighting the plane, plane loading, and take off.
A special feature is controller-pilot and pilot-co-pilot communication so necessary to coordinate complex airport operations and flight Other worthy segments include a primer on the basics of flying in IFR conditions (bad weather, low visibility conditions) through the sky and to touch down, glimpses into the maintenance of pilot skills and health and detailed footage of TWA maintenance and overhauls.
Take the flight and sharpen your “behind the scene” knowledge of the operation of the Super-Constellation and TWA and enjoy some spectacular bonus footage such as views of the Grand Canyon from the sky; pilot deck crew running through the pre-takeoff checklist in the cockpit; actual instrument flying with the panel instruments through the sky and the approach; the bustle and discipline of a plane overhaul in the shop.
Runtime: 25 Minutes
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