Connie Close Up takes you on the flightdeck of not one but two Lockheed Constellations which many consider the most graceful propeller-driven airplane ever built.
Start with an explanation of the engineer's panel, then we see startup, taxiing and take off from both inside the aircraft and airside. You are riding in the MATS Connie, owned by the Constellation Group, restored and doing the show circuit. For today's flight, it's check ride time for pilots of the Swiss Super Constellation Group, and we shoot an approach at Tucson International (TUS). You'll see the landing from both inside and airside.
Then it's on to the Dutch Connie, now at the Aviodome in the Netherlands. Again, you'll see startup, taxiing, and takeoff from both inside the aircraft and airside. This is a test flight after the long restoration project, there are two engineers and the pilot is the legendary Frank Lang. You'll see the landing, again both from inside the aircraft and airside. There's even a landing looking into the front wheelwell from the front baggage compartment.
Run time is about 60 minutes. Format is NTSC DVD.