All aircraft enthusiasts will be aware of the Lockheed Constellation Airliner which was first built way back in 1943. The propeller-driven aircraft was the forerunner to today’s high-tech passenger jets and the famous, but now sadly obsolete, Concorde. In memory and indeed in celebration of the Constellation series, this miniature Constellation airplane sculpture in a traditional airline travel agent style has been made for plane enthusiasts and aviation history buffs everywhere.
In fact, you don’t have to hold a fascination with aircraft to understand and appreciate the significance of these early trans-Atlantic airplanes which were powered by four 18-cylinder radial Wright R-3350 engines. Many of you will have been on them in the past when they were regularly in service from 1946 to 1967. The series was also involved in military activities up until 1978, mainly as transport planes for ferrying troops from one location to another.
The Constellation airplane sculpture is made to sit securely on a desk, shelf or special platform from where it can be viewed and admired. A globe of the world forms the base along with the inscription “Reseau aerien mondial” which is French for “Global Air Network’. As one might have guessed, this particular sculpture is based on the Constellation owned by Air France, which is the same as those from Pan American World Airways (Pan Am).
France is significant in the history of this plane series for the first transatlantic service for ordinary people was flown New York to Paris on February 6, 1946 by Trans World Airlines. Plus, as noted above, as well as various American airlines owning the series, Air France also had a fleet. Later, other airlines would also purchase the series, including KLM, Qantas, Lufthansa, Iberia Airlines and Trans-Canada Air Lines.
For a touch of history and aviation flare, this sculpture will make an ideal addition to a room in your home and will certainly offer a talking point among visiting friends, family and guests.
You can buy it here: Miniature Constellation Airplane Sculpture.