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This airplane is sitting at Avra Valley Airport, about 22 miles north west of Tucson, Arizona traveling on Hwy 10.

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There are four Constellations located here along with other planes.

Air Force One is the only complete Constellation in the group of large planes.

It is the farthest east.

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An interesting glimpse....

 

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ehwvZXVKmPU

 

 

LL

 

Hi. That airplane is "Columbine II." My husband, Joseph F. Ware, Jr. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_F._Ware,_Jr. Para. 3 under Biography.) was the man who did that plane, Lockheed Skunkworks, for President Eisenhower. He also made Columbine III for Eisenhower as well. Of course, Kelly Johnson designed the Connie, but Joe was the flight test engineer on the connies who stretched them, used Howard Hughes' old Connie, Serial # 1961, as a test bed fo everything from radomes to engines...

 

Trivia: The 707 used in the funny movie, "Airplane"? The sound of it is a connie, or the same as. :)

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Guest Hoss Carpenter, SASS Life 7843

I just saw a piece on FN about this plane. I have seen it a couple of times in Tucson at the museum. I hope someone ( or Corp) can pony up the 1.5 Mil to restore it and get it inside a hanger.

 

To me, the stretched Connie was the most beautiful multi-engine aircraft ever built!

 

Cheers, Hoss

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That plane in the background at 3:39 minutes looks like a Bechcraft Starship

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=beechcraft+starship+photo&newwindow=1&tbm=isch&imgil=ozE9UxxirSouKM%253A%253BJPL0nf7Vb6dAHM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fen.wikipedia.org%25252Fwiki%25252FBeechcraft_Starship&source=iu&pf=m&fir=ozE9UxxirSouKM%253A%252CJPL0nf7Vb6dAHM%252C_&usg=__EQMzgpGVbwrEutxi7ugqhgwrZ2E%3D&biw=884&bih=486&dpr=1.8&ved=0CDYQyjc&ei=YHviVOCrA8jzoATCxIDQAg#imgdii=_&imgrc=ozE9UxxirSouKM%253A%3BJPL0nf7Vb6dAHM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fupload.wikimedia.org%252Fwikipedia%252Fcommons%252F6%252F69%252FBeechcraft_Starship_fly-by.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fen.wikipedia.org%252Fwiki%252FBeechcraft_Starship%3B2429%3B1619

 

It is a turboprop, pusher, that was not popular, as I recall, because it was noisy inside. Outside, it was noisy, also, when they went by.

Ya got that right Jen. Was supposed to be more fuel efficient and lead the next generation of executive aviation transport. I've been inside one, and watched it take off. Noisy as hell. Very little room inside which was another reason it was a sales dud. Beechcraft bought them all back to avoid the product liability trail as I recall. Surprised this one is on the desert. Thought they had been destroyed or otherwise rendered unsalvageable.

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Ya got that right Jen. Was supposed to be more fuel efficient and lead the next generation of executive aviation transport. I've been inside one, and watched it take off. Noisy as hell. Very little room inside which was another reason it was a sales dud. Beechcraft bought them all back to avoid the product liability trail as I recall. Surprised this one is on the desert. Thought they had been destroyed or otherwise rendered unsalvageable.

Saw a Beechcraft Starship flying over North TX / Southern Oklahoma a few years ago.

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That plane in the background at 3:39 minutes looks like a Bechcraft Starship

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=beechcraft+starship+photo&newwindow=1&tbm=isch&imgil=ozE9UxxirSouKM%253A%253BJPL0nf7Vb6dAHM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fen.wikipedia.org%25252Fwiki%25252FBeechcraft_Starship&source=iu&pf=m&fir=ozE9UxxirSouKM%253A%252CJPL0nf7Vb6dAHM%252C_&usg=__EQMzgpGVbwrEutxi7ugqhgwrZ2E%3D&biw=884&bih=486&dpr=1.8&ved=0CDYQyjc&ei=YHviVOCrA8jzoATCxIDQAg#imgdii=_&imgrc=ozE9UxxirSouKM%253A%3BJPL0nf7Vb6dAHM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fupload.wikimedia.org%252Fwikipedia%252Fcommons%252F6%252F69%252FBeechcraft_Starship_fly-by.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fen.wikipedia.org%252Fwiki%252FBeechcraft_Starship%3B2429%3B1619

 

It is a turboprop, pusher, that was not popular, as I recall, because it was noisy inside. Outside, it was noisy, also, when they went by.

 

I saw a Starship at an airshow once, and was REALLY impressed. DANG but it was pretty!! :blush:

 

I don't recall it being any more noisy than any other turpoprop, and being a pusher, one would expect a lower noise level inside.

 

It was a neat aeroplane... but a victim of the times:

 

"Beech sold only eleven Starships in the three years following its certification. Beech attributed the slow sales to the economic slowdown in the late-1980s, the novelty of the Starship, and the tax on luxury items that was in effect in the United States at the time. In an effort to stimulate demand, Beech began offering two-year leases on new Starships in 1991."

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