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woofiedog
05-19-2011, 08:06 PM
Eastern Airlines DC-7B restored to promote awareness of aviation history (http://www.tweesap.com/?p=23816)

http://www.aircargonews.com/FT11/EasternDC7.jpg

Historical Flight Foundation DC-7B Takeoff from Opa Locka on July 25, 2010 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur1L9bj3RSk&feature=related)

A restored former Eastern Airlines DC-7B airplane taxies on the runway after arriving from Miami, Fl. in San Juan Puerto Rico Monday, May 16, 2011.

Representing an investment of over $1m, the restoration project began in May 2004 at Holman Field in St. Paul, MN and is currently based at Opa-locka Airport, FL. The aircraft has been fully restored, including a full passenger interior with lounge in the rear. HFF said the restoration was completed through the efforts of the crew of Legendary Airliners, Florida Air Transport and volunteers, and amounted to more than 32,000 hours of work.


http://community-2.webtv.net/DC7B/DC7BN836D/

woofiedog
05-19-2011, 08:06 PM
Eastern Airlines DC-7B restored to promote awareness of aviation history (http://www.tweesap.com/?p=23816)

http://www.aircargonews.com/FT11/EasternDC7.jpg

Historical Flight Foundation DC-7B Takeoff from Opa Locka on July 25, 2010 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur1L9bj3RSk&feature=related)

A restored former Eastern Airlines DC-7B airplane taxies on the runway after arriving from Miami, Fl. in San Juan Puerto Rico Monday, May 16, 2011.

Representing an investment of over $1m, the restoration project began in May 2004 at Holman Field in St. Paul, MN and is currently based at Opa-locka Airport, FL. The aircraft has been fully restored, including a full passenger interior with lounge in the rear. HFF said the restoration was completed through the efforts of the crew of Legendary Airliners, Florida Air Transport and volunteers, and amounted to more than 32,000 hours of work.


http://community-2.webtv.net/DC7B/DC7BN836D/

TheCrux
05-20-2011, 10:12 PM
Thanks for the link. Between that and the Super Constellation, they represent the zenith of piston engine aircraft.

Of course, in watching those videos of that DC-7, one sees links for other great piston engine stuff...which kept me busy quite a while. Great stuff.

woofiedog
05-21-2011, 08:54 AM
They were queens of the skies and the last bygone era four piston engined passenger aircraft and must include the Clipper flying boats to the list. A couple of sites that has the listings of the last Connies and another covering the Clipper Boats. I have some photos of one of the last Clippers that I'll post later on.

http://www.conniesurvivors.com/

http://www.clipperflyingboats.com/

woofiedog
05-21-2011, 04:04 PM
Here are the photos I took of the VS-44 at the New England Air Museum.

Sikorsky VS-44 Flying Boat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoNzp93_ww4)

The Sikorsky VS-44 was a large four-engined flying boat built in the USA in the early 1940s. The VS-44 was designed primarily for the trans-Atlantic passenger market, with a capacity of 40+ passengers. Only three aircraft were produced: Excalibur, Excambian, and Exeter.

In 1976, Excambian was donated to the Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida and eventually put on permanent loan to the New England Air Museum in Connecticut. New England Air Museum restored Excambian to its post-World War II American Export Airlines livery with volunteer help from some of the former Sikorsky workers who had built the original VS-44.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/Air%20Museum/Picture008-16.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/Air%20Museum/Picture012-8.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/Air%20Museum/Picture013-7.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/Air%20Museum/Picture019-3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/Air%20Museum/Picture027-8.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/Air%20Museum/Picture032-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/woofiedog/Air%20Museum/Picture028-7.jpg