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C-121 Constellation
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C-121 Constellation

C-121 Constellation Specifications
Primary Function: Military transport
Contractor: Lockheed
Crew: Six
Unit Cost: N/A
  Four Wright R-3350-34 radials rated at 3,400 shp each
Length: 116' 2"
Wingspan: 123'
Height: 24' 9"
Empty: N/A
Maximum Takeoff: 133,000 lb
Speed: 330 mph
Ceiling: 33,600 ft
Range: 4,000 mi

C-121 Constellation Achievements
No known major achievements

C-121 Constellation Background

The Constellation's unique 123-foot wing span, four radial engines, triple-tail design and graceful dolphin shaped fuselage make it an unforgettable aircraft. Lockheed designed the Constellation in the early 1940s. The design was in response to a specification supplied by Howard Hughes for a commercial airliner for TransWorld Airlines. In its day, the Constellation reigned as Queen of the Skies. It was the first aircraft to fly coast-to-coast non-stop and was pressurized. The "Connie" set new records for size and speed. In April 1944, a C-69 Constellation made world headlines when Howard Hughes and Jack Frye of TWA shattered the transcontinental commercial record, piloting the largest land transport plane ever built from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., in 7 hours 3 minutes. Military use of the "Connie" spanned three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. At total of 856 "Connies" were built 1943 and 1958. They were used extensively by both military and civilian airlines until the early 1960s.

In addition, in 1967, an RC-121 was the first aircraft to provide Airborne Warning and Control intercept information to a an Air Force fighter intercepting and shooting down a MiG over Vietnam.

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