Prototype C-69 Constellation aircraft in flight, 1943

Caption   Prototype C-69 Constellation aircraft in flight, 1943 ww2dbase
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 11 Feb 2011

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Apr 2015 04:26:16 PM


With the United States now in the shooting war
the US Government bought civil aircraft right off the production-line. The USAAF took over the C-69 for the Air Transport Command (ATC) used as its long-range transports others were converted into VIP transports.


Each Constellation cost the US tax payer about $650,000 1940s dollars a large sun at that time
The first C-69s were camouflaged in olive drab upper surfaces, and gray undersides C-69s later the left the factory in natural aluminum finish, with standard US insignia and serial numbers.

2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
10 Apr 2015 01:27:12 PM


With the end of WWII the US Armed Forces found itself with thousands of combat aircraft and no war to fight. Thousands of trained personal were
discharged and returned to civilian life.
Many of these combat aircraft were victims of the "Great Post War Scrapping Frenzy" others were
kept on duty and served into the late 1950s early 1960s while others were bought a bargain basement prices, and found jobs in the civilian world of aviation.


War surplus C-69s were sold off and one buyer bought four for $20,000 each, others sold for $40,000 these were brand new four-engine aircraft with a few hundred flying hours.
Later Constellations ordered by post-war airlines went for $1,000,000 each or they were able to buy surplus C-69s and have them refurbished for commercial service. The last scheduled commercial
service for the Constellation ended during the middle 1960s and were bought by non-scheduled and cargo operators around the world.
3. Anonymous says:
14 Dec 2015 10:00:20 PM

Where was it designed ?

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