The Lockheed Constellation, C-69 in military form, probably has more fans and devotees than any other WWII transport, with the possible exception of the C-47/DC-3, and certainly the most among the 4-engined transports of the war. The Constellation was the subject of a Design Analysis [ HTML ] in the April, 1945 issue of Industrial Aviation magazine. That article provided the artwork that I converted into wallpaper images.
Air Tech also published a short design analysis [ HTML ] in their December, 1945, issue.
- "Constellation" [ HTML ] describes the initial test flight and gives some preliminary design information.
The article also (mistakenly) attributes a fuel consumption of 1 gal/hr at cruise. Ah, well, typos will happen.
- The introductory article "Constellation" [ HTML ] includes 2 photos:
- A Pacific Gear Works ad, "The Constellation Flies", shows a C-69 over mountains, seen from 5 o'clock. Plane is in camo, with white-star-in-blue-circle insigne, and with Lockheed logo on the right fin.
- A Texaco ad, "Newest Troopship", shows a C-69 in the air with gear down, seen from 10 o'clock low. Plane is in camo, with white-star-in-blue-circle insigne, and with Lockheed logo on the left nose.
- A Roller Bearing Co of America ad, "Lockheed uses RBC needle bearings", shows a C-69 from 2 o'clock.
- A South Winds (heaters) ad includes two photos: C-69-1-LO 310310 in TWA livery, in flight, seen from 10 o'clock low, and the tail of 310310 on the ground with a C-69 in camo in the background.
The C-69 in the background is loading troops. Jane's lists a troop capacity of 60; the line in the photo looks like it has more than that many in it.
- A Chandler-Evans Corp (Ceco carburetors) ad, "Record-Smasher", has three photos of a Constellation in TWA livery: on the ground with boarding stairs, seen from 4 o'clock; in flight, seen from 10 o'clock low; on the ground, seen from 12 o'clock. The boarding-stairs shot shows tail number 310310.
- A two-page Lockheed ad, "This is Lockheed Leadership, The Constellation", shows a Constellation in flight, seen from 2 o'clock high.
The ad lists the troop capacity of the C-69 as 100 soldiers. This is in better accord with the photo in the South Winds ad (above) than the 60-troop number in Jane's.
- A BF Goodrich "Airliner of the month" ad, "TWA's Constellation", has a color painting of a Constellation on final over an airport, gear down. View is from 10 o'clock low.
- A four-page Lockheed ad includes a headon view of a Constellation with a stylized zodiac in the background.
- A Socony-Vacuum Mobilgas ad includes a photo of a C-69 on the ground, seen from 9 o'clock. Plane carries registration number N25600.
- "Aviation's Sketchbook of Design Detail" for February, 1945, includes an exploded view showing major components and subassemblies.
- A Lockheed ad, "The Constellation", shows a Constellation in TWA livery on the ground, seen from 11 o'clock.
- A National Tube Company (division of US Steel, maker of Shelby seamless tubing) ad, "Fast as a fighter", shows a Constellation from 11 o'clock low; an inset shows main landing gear.
- The Air Tech design analysis [ HTML ] included