Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation N6937C
C/n 4830, photographed at the Dayton Air Show on 17 July 2003.
This Constellation, named "Star of America" was owned by the Airline Historical Society of Kansas City, now called the Airline History Museum.
In 1986 a group of dedicated Kansas City based aviation enthusiasts decided they were going to find, acquire, and restore to as good as new condition a Lockheed Super G Constellation, model L-1049G. By that time the "Connie", as it was affectionately called, had disappeared from the skies. After much detective work, they found a derelict Connie, registration number N6937C, in storage at Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona. It was one of the last Constellations off Lockheed's assembly lines in 1958, and was built as a cargo aircraft for Slick Airways. It passed through many hands after being sold by Slick Airways, and had been parked at Falcon Field nine years earlier, much the worse for wear, after its life as a bug sprayer in Canada was over.
After an incredible nine weeks in the desert, an amazing, against-all-odds effort by the members of the newly formed "Save A Connie" organization (now doing business as the Airline History Museum) restored this aircraft to airworthiness. They ferried her to Kansas City, Missouri navigating by compass and by following roads, where it began its transformation from a drab, worn out bug sprayer into what many consider the most beautiful aircraft to ever have graced the skies.
After 18 months in the hangar at Kansas City Downtown Airport, the "Connie" emerged, resplendent in her new "Save A Connie" livery. The Lockheed Constellation was converted from cargo to passenger configuration. She promptly began flying the Airshow circuit, where she continues to awe and inspire. In the late 90's, employees from TWA's Kansas City overhaul base donated a completely new paint job in the original TWA colors.
The "Star of America" has been involved in television and movie releases, as well as several television commercials. She was featured in the Arts and Entertainment documentary entitled First Flights, narrated by Astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the film "Voyager" released in the U.S. in 1992. The Connie was also used for interior scenes for the movie, "Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls", in 1995, starring actor Jim Carrey.
Picture added on 09 October 2008