In response to the Douglas DC-4 Lockheed developed the Constellation. As more powerful
engines were developed the Constellation was stretched 21 feet and improvements made
resulting in the L-1049G Super Constellation. The development of the L-1049G improved
range with the addition of wing-tip tanks. The more powerful engines made it necessary to
use large propellers that required the aircraft to sit quite high off the ground. A triple tail was
developed because the size of a single tail would have been too large to fit in any hangar.

Lockheed Aircraft Corporation completed the L-1049H N5400V c/n 4830 in 1957 but the
order was cancelled so the aircraft was placed in storage until it was delivered to Slick
Airways in August 1959 as N6937C. Slick operated the aircraft until July 1966 when it was
sold to Airlift International who flew it until 1968 and sold to BAL Trade Inc. In 1970 it was
seized in Miami to pay debts. Next it was leased to Vortex Inc. and Sky Trucks International.
In 1973 Aircraft Specialties converted it to a crop duster and it was used like this until 1975.
In 1987 Save A Connie Inc., Kansas City, MO rescued the aircraft and restored the aircraft
to its original beauty. In late 1990s TWA employees at the overhaul base in Kansas City
donated a new paint job that restored the aircraft to its original TWA red and white scheme.
After restoration it flew for several years but since 2005 has been placed in what is now
called the Airline History Museum in Kansas City, MO.

Specifications for the 3 Lockheed L-1049 variants

First Flight – July 14, 1951

Production – 564 for commercial airlines and military

Crew – 4 Cockpit Crew, 4 Flight Attendants

Standard Seating – 95 passengers

Powerplant – 4 x Wright R-3350-DA3 Turbo Compound 18-cylinder super-charged air-
cooled radial engines producing 3,250 hp  (2,424 kW) per engine
Fuel Capacity
L-1049C – 6,550 US gallons
L-1049G & H – 7,750 US gallons w/tip tanks
Fuel Burn
L-1049C w/ maximum fuel load – 4 engines / 432 gph  (108 gph /engine)
L-1049G w/ maximum fuel load – 4 engines / 500 gph  (125 gph /engine)
L-1049H w/ maximum fuel load – 4 engines / 696 gph  (174 gph /engine)

Maximum Cruising Speed
L-1049C - 347 mph  (302 kts)
L-1049G & H – 366 mph  (318 kts)
Normal Cruising Speed
L-1049C – 314 mph  (273 kts)
L-1049G & H – 311 mph  (270 kts)

Service Ceiling
L-1049C – 23,200 ft
L-1049G & H – 22,800 ft

L-1049C – 4,760 miles w/maximum fuel
L-1049C – 2,880 miles w/maximum payload
L-1049G – 4,815 miles w/maximum fuel
L-1049G – 4,165 miles w/maximum payload
L-1049H – 3,463 miles w/maximum fuel
L-1049H – 1,890 miles w/maximum payload

L-1049C – 70,083 lbs
L-1049G – 73,016 lbs
L-1049H – 69,326 lbs
Maximum Take Off
L-1049C – 133,000 lbs
L-1049G & H – 137,500 lbs

L-1049C – 113 ft 7 in
L-1049G & H – 116 ft 2 in
L-1049C – 123 ft
L-1049G & H – 123 ft 5 in
L-1049C & G & H – 24 ft 9.4 in

Lockheed L-1049
Super Constellation
TWA, N6937C "Star of America"
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
Free-spinning propellers.
Rolling wheels.
Landing gear can be removed or added.
Model comes with a display stand.
A brief history of the aircraft type and the airline is supplied with each model.