Early American Airliners

Producer: Victor Vukosavljevic Duration: 25:00 minutes

The Lockheed Constellation, affectionately known as the Connie, was one of the the most elegant and aesthetically pleasing aircraft to ever take flight. Her perfection of form and function can be traced to the dawn of commercial aviation. She was the end product of a four-decade long search for the perfect airliner, dating back to before WWII and spanning many iconic American airliners - the Curtiss Condor, Lockheed Model 10 Electra, DC-3 and Boeing 247.

Years of battles between the airlines for dominance of the skies produced the Constellation - it was a leap so far ahead as to give the Connie a lease on life extending long after many of her prop powered rivals rusted into obsolescence in the era of the turbojet.

tags: early, american, airliners, boeing 247, dc-3, lockheed electra, curtiss condor, connie, constellation