One of the world’s great plane museums is Seattle’s Museum of Flight. We’ll visit the planes inside on another day; today I wanted to focus on a airplane that caught my attention from the collection of aircraft outside the main museum building.
The plane is a Lockheed 1049G Super Constellation. This airplane was delivered to Trans-Canada Airlines — Canada’s national carrier which ultimately became Air Canada — in 1954. It was among the last of commonly used propeller aircraft, with jet engines soon to dominate commercial air travel. This particular plane, after providing passenger and later cargo service, was converted into a cocktail lounge and lunch bar in Toronto before being restored and added to the Museum of Flight’s collection.
It is a lovely piece of aviation history.
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