AIR: Army & Navy, Jan. 18, 1943


Like any other ground-bound aircraft, the big Lockheed Constellation looked oafish, brooding, clumsy. But the engineers and newsmen out to see its first flight eyed the newest four-engined U.S. transport plane with respect and the feeling that they might be looking at a figure of the post-war future.

"Connie" was built to be a world traveler (on specifications laid down by TWA before the war). Her Wright engines packed more than 8,000 h.p.—how much more the Army would not allow Lockheed to say. Her engineers had built her to span the continent...

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