Constellation Collection Volume 1. If you have an interest in the Lockheed Constellation then you need this DVD in your hands. This DVD is comprised of two B&W films.
Movie 1: Lockheed Development of the Constellation
This film is a close look at the development and manufacturing of the Lockheed Constellation and features segments showing the Connie in use with Trans World Airways (TWA) and Pan American Airways (PAA).
You get to see parts of the Constellation development, never before seen. These include wind tunnel, extreme cold, component testing, equipment failure, construction techniques and operational testing.
The Lockheed Constellation first saw active duty in the AAF as the C-69 during World War II. We see it here in the first military delivery testing.
A number of takeoff, landing and in-flight shots are shown as well. One of my favorite sections is the takeoff and landing testing shot at the Lockheed facility. There is a hanger in the background with a huge sign painted on it that says ?Ship the SLICK way? and in the foreground we see a number of constructed but not yet delivered military Constellations.
Interior cabin shots of the Constellation in operation with Pan American Airways are shown. Of particular interest was the section in this film on the use and operation of the TWA "Speedpak" to load additional cargo. Runtime: 18 Minutes
Movie 2: Behind The Scenes on the TWA Super -Constellation ?Star of Paris?
Join us for a flight from the past on TWA?s super constellation, "Star of Paris", tail number N86511. This plane had a rich and eventful history. The "Star of Paris", later to be renamed "Star of Dublin", was christened on February 5, 1946 by the wife of the president of TWA and became the first TWA airliner to intercontinental routes. The maiden flight was from New York to Paris. It provided great domestic and international service until it was tragically lost on September 1, 1961 while taking off from Chicago Midway when a small nickel bolt from the parallelogram linkage of the elevator boost system was lost causing abrupt stall configuration and an uncontrollable crash. All souls on board perished.
The particular flight you will take on this historic aircraft is from Kansas City to New York City. Before taking off, however, you will be introduced to what goes into making up your flight by observing all the necessary operations from ticketing to the touch down. You are taken through all phases that add up to a safe and enjoyable trip during the post WWII years, including food preparation, pre-flight preparation, weather analysis, pre-flighting the plane, plane loading and take off. A special feature is controller-pilot and pilot-co-pilot communication so necessary to coordinate complex airport operations and flight
Other worthy segments include a primer on the basics of flying in IFR conditions (bad weather, low visibility conditions) through the sky and to touch down, glimpses into the maintenance of pilot skills and health and detailed footage of TWA maintenance and overhauls.
Take the flight and sharpen your "behind the scene" knowledge of the operation of the Super-Constellation and TWA and enjoy some spectacular bonus footage such as: views of the Grand Canyon from the sky; pilot deck crew running through the pre-takeoff check list in the cockpit; actual instrument flying with the panel instruments through the sky and the approach; the bustle and discipline of plane overhaul in the shop. Runtime: 25 Minutes
In NTSC DVD format with a total run time of 43 minutes. Packaged in either a clear plastic CD-style jewel case or a clear plastic C-Shell DVD case without paper graphics.