Visitor Convention 2007
Convention 2007 – Kansas City
Sept. 27-30, 2007
WE TOURED THE “CONNIE”
What some believe is the most beautiful airplane ever built will be returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2006, as the Airline History Museum’s “Star of America” Lockheed Super Constellation makes its first appearance at the event since 2004.
The resurrection of “Star of America” was aided greatly by a corps of retired employees from TWA, the airline that flew Super Constellations extensively. With talented specialists from every aspect of this aircraft’s operations working tirelessly, the group needed only 18 months to complete the original restoration and begin nationwide stops on the air show circuit. In the late 1990s, employees from TWA’s Kansas City maintenance base donated a new paint job in the original TWA colors.
Along with its appearances on the air show circuit, the “Star of America” has made numerous movie and television appearances over the past 15 years, including the 2005 blockbuster film “The Aviator.” It is one of the few Constellations or Super Constellations still flying anywhere in the world, and the only one flying that did not begin its life as a military aircraft.