c/n 1966 - 43-10314
This plane was operated by the USAAF (US Army Air Forces) as mainly a test plane. This is also the very first version of the Connie as well. The C-69 could carry double the troops of a C-47, and go faster than a Zero! The C-69 suffered many problems due to the R3350 powerplant that kept it from flying. By the time those problems were fixed, it was not needed anymore, as the B-29 Superfortress was given all priority over the R3350. Thus, the C-69 was given low priority and virtually ignored. Only 17 or so saw service with the USAAF. After the war, all C-69s became L-049 Connnies for airlines (TWA, Pan Am, KLM, etc.). There is only one C-69 left, and it is at the Pima Air & Space Museum in TWA Colors. This airframe, c/n 1966, was not lucky enough to become an L-049 airliner. For unknown reasons, it was damaged in a crash around 1946, still a USAAF C-69. Whatever remained was sent back to Lockheed and used to repair a BOAC L-049 and later an Air France L-749.
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