Lockheed C-121A 'Constellation'
| Robert Atwell|
Wytheville Va. 24382, VA
| C-121 tail no# 609 came to Hamilton AFB, Calif. in 1966. The Aircrew and plane came from Andrews AFB, Md. The crew was tdy. We had no pilots in the 4435th that could fly a Connie. Fred Aycock was the Flight Engineer and PCSd to the 4435 (TAC). The aircraft flew the Army Commander out of Persido, Calif. (Lt. General Richardson) I was one of three Flt. Stewards assigned and the Others were SSgt Everett Gaede and SSGT James Brown. I was re-assigned from Hamilton to Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio in 1966. We also got a Connie from Germany tail NO.# 611. |
10/14/2013 @ 15:28 [ref: 68103]
| John J. Seaton|
Las Vegas, NM
| Is this Connie the same one that was at Santa Fe airport owned by Harry Oliver of Las Vegas, NM?
09/27/2008 @ 11:45 [ref: 22755]
| Eddie Davis|
| This plane sat for years at the Ft. Rucker Aviation Museum. My dad (Charlie Davis)who was a pilot was stationed there and actually watched them fly it out and he says that was really a site. It appeared very run down to me and I was surprised they could actually get it to fly. They used to let us go inside and take a look at it and while it had no seats (actually completely stripped)in it was still neat to actually be in General MaCarthur's plane. Back then you could still see a faded "Bataan" written on it. I actually got to fly on one of these when dad was transfered to Okinawa during the Vietnam war in the early 1960's. It was operated by TWA. I was five but can plainly remember those thundering engines. These are truely classics. |
09/19/2008 @ 18:48 [ref: 22705]
| I was there the day (mid 1990's) they flew "Bataan" out from where she had sat for close to 20 years located at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. I even helped to strip out some of the interior to lighten the load as the field was a very short one. She was eager to fly again as she fairly leapt into the air that afternoon and flew off in one hell of a roar! |
03/04/2007 @ 17:38 [ref: 15764]
| Paul Baker|
Grand Rapids, MI
| This is one of the very first aircraft I ever worked on stationed at Travis AFB in 1969-70.
It was one of my worst experiences as well. I was part of a crew of enroute maintenace aircaft inspectors and when the oil truck came up to fill the oil reservior I went out and grabbed the hose and dragged it into the aircraft as the oil tank was just behind the cockpit in the cargo bay.
Well, nobody ever told me there was a rubber bladder at the bottom of the tank and when the oil level came up to the top after about 20 gallons of oil, it started pouring right back out on the rebound.
What a mess!!!
I tried as best as I could to keep it in with my hands pressed over the opening, but after about a minute I just gave up and let it go.
I felt like a jerk. I went outside and everyone was laughing at me. Oil was seeping out of the bottom of the aircraft through the seams in the fuselage and dripping all down the centerline of the tarmack in a long line.
05/11/2002 @ 00:17 [ref: 4923]
| Jim Murray|
| Understand PIMA has Eisenhower's Connie. What is tail # and where is it exhibited. I work at AF Museum in Dayton and yesterday one of our visitors who lives in Indiana was wearing one of your TShirts. We got talking and found out that you have Ike's bird. Small world when working in an aircraft museum. You meet very interest and informative people |
09/02/2001 @ 07:15 [ref: 3095]