WHAT DO YOU KNOW
Lockheed Constellation’s first flight was on 9th jan 1943. To mark
the 60th anniversary, Constellation historian Peter Marson raises a
few questions about one of the most popular airliners to be illustrated on
only postcard I have which shows the prototype C-69 in its original military
markings is a card issued by the former Kingman Armt Air Force Base in Arizona,
probably in the early 40s, although the other images of AT-6 Harvards, B-17s and
the Douglas B-19 display colour schemes from pre-1943.
Are any others known ?
Picking up on the article on Real Photographs Ltd, I have so far found 8 Connies in their series
|1049 prototype + TWA 749A
|1st production 1049 (later to Eastern)
|1049G Air France
|First US Navy R7V-1
|First Connie with Speedpack cargo holder
|649 of Eastern
|749 of Aerlinte Irish Air Lines
|749 Pan Am “First round the world”
“Speedpack” card has no visible number or PC back – just the Real
Photographs copyright statement on the back. There
appear to be two number series with the A prefix having higher numbers but
earlier images. Now do readers know of
any more ?
a lesser known publisher of Constellation cards was Swissair, despite never
operating the type. I visited their
archives in the early 1960s and bought a copy of all they could find of their
black and white cards published in the 1950s. All
appear to have been phpotographed at Zurich, which is logical as the photo
section was based there. I wonder how many more there were and what has happened
to their archives since their collapse. Those I have are :-
|N6011C (close up nose + engines): N6012C (Take off from below); N6022C 3/4 front taxying – my favorite, see overpage)
|Air France 749
|PH-LKS ¾ front parked
|PH-LKF side parked
The next question is passed on from the Journal of the Australian Aviation Postcard Society. The trigger for a it was an Internet auction which raised $38US (= £23) for the following card of a Link blind-flying trainer. One of the relatively rare number of airline cards showing “behind the scenes” activity, this card is numbered 9 in a series.
Now if there is one thing collectors love it is numbered series because you have some idea what is yet to be found. So the question asked is what other cards were issued by Ansett Airlines in this series? Two ground shots are known, one of a “real” DC-3 with small passenger door and another of a C-47 with freight type door. The former, shown, actually promotes another back-room activity, namely the supply of airline food with a title No 6 of a series: Hygienic handling of food for Ansett Airways passengers. The C-47, with disembarking passengers, is VH-RMA on No 7. As these are both one is in colour it is assumed that this is also true of the Link original.
Staying with things Australian, a set of cards was recently auctioned on the Internet which appear to be the Australian equivalent of the the “Flight” series in that they are all Black and White photographic and show airliners of various vintages from the 1940s to the 1960s. The oldest type was a 1930s British Airways Lockheed 14 and the latest an HS.748 of Air Botswana. Some cards prominently display airline titles and logos and could be mistaken for Airline issues. The most successful at auction was this card of a Viking of the airline of the then-Portuguese Indian possession of Goa. This Viking CR-IAC had previously been with BEA. The card went to Portugal for $50 (US not Australian).
Some but not all of the series carry the imprint “Empire Day Cards” and a seven digit number. Those offered included no Australian airliners and included, apart from those mentioned above :-
Stratocruiser, Scottish Aviation Liberator, SAIDE-Egypt SM.95,
BEA Viking, Airnautic Stratoliner, Airwork India DC-4, Araiana Afghan
DC-6B, Southwest (Japan) CV240, AVENSA CV-580, Catair Caravelle.
So, Australian member and AAPSOC members, anything known ? Lastly, to AAPSOC, we seem to have an old E-address, so, if you have any answers, please kill two birds by E-mailing from your current address.
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