2018: Save the Lufthansa Lockheed Constellation, SIGN the petition! March/April 2018

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2018: Save the Lufthansa Lockheed Constellation, SIGN the petition! March/April 2018

Post by stratofreighter » 25 Mar 2018, 12:25

...see
https://www.change.org/p/support-this-p ... burn-maine

If the Lufthansa "top brass" get their way, this Lockheed Constellation project will never get airborne after all... :evil: :!:
Show your support for this project, sign the petition!
https://www.change.org/p/support-this-p ... burn-maine
"Return of a Legend" wrote Lufthansa when in December 2007, they made a bold decision to restore a 1957 Lockheed Super Constellation.

This marked the beginning of a worldwide unique project to restore this historic aircraft.

An aircraft not destined to be parked in a museum but rather an aircraft which would become a
flying monument to honor its legacy.

Since 2008 hundreds of professionals, both paid and volunteer, have been doing the restoration work at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport purpose built hanger in Auburn, Maine, USA.

The aircraft structure has been completely overhauled from the ground up.
Aircraft systems and components have been inspected and overhauled by FAA certified specialist workshops, both in-house and off-site.
The engines and nacelles, propellers, and landing gear are all overhauled and ready to be installed and flown.

As of 2017, the Starliner project was about 85% complete.

It could fly once again about a year from now
if the work in Auburn is allowed to continue.

She would be available to the world public as the only surviving example of the Lockheed L-1649 Super Constellation in existence.

On March 15 this 2018, an article in the Lewiston-Auburn Newspaper “Sun Journal”/
http://www.sunjournal.com/lufthansa-to- ... o-germany/
announced that the project in Auburn would be shutdown. :evil:

Lufthansa Technik wants to separate the wings from the fuselage, box up all of the parts and ship everything to Germany.

Aviation experts agree that stopping the project now and separating the fuselage and wing will most likely
mean that the most elaborate aircraft restoration project in the world will never :!: take flight again.

Dismantling and moving the project would entail costs that could be used to complete the restoration.

Aviation enthusiasts all over the world!

Please support this call to the Lufthansa management
to complete this project in Auburn and make this unique flying monument available for the public to enjoy.
Sign the petition at
https://www.change.org/p/support-this-p ... burn-maine
http://www.airnieuws.nl updated per 22 May 2019 . ;)

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Re: 2018: Save the Lufthansa Lockheed Constellation, SIGN the petition! March/April 2018

Post by sn26567 » 25 Mar 2018, 15:25

I don't understand why separating the wings from the fuselage would endanger the project. If Lufthansa Technik wants to pay for the remaining 15% of the costs of the completion of the restoration, why not? Lufthansa has deeper pockets than the avgeeks!
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Re: 2018: Save the Lufthansa Lockheed Constellation, SIGN the petition! March/April 2018

Post by convair » 25 Mar 2018, 18:52

sn26567 wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 15:25
I don't understand why separating the wings from the fuselage would endanger the project. If Lufthansa Technik wants to pay for the remaining 15% of the costs of the completion of the restoration, why not? Lufthansa has deeper pockets than the avgeeks!
I had the same question in mind. Since the restoration is aimed at making it fly again and not display it in a museum, the people of Auburn won't loose much. In this case, LH should be encouraged to go ahead.

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Re: 2018: Save the Lufthansa Lockheed Constellation, SIGN the petition! March/April 2018

Post by stratofreighter » 25 Mar 2018, 23:50

I cannot provide sources, at least not on this forum (also not by Private Message),

but there are strong well-informed rumours that the Starliner will become "static" only
if she is to be restored in Germany instead of Auburn.

Once again, I cannot/am not allowed to quote sources,
but a restoration to airworthiness is not a certainty anymore :!: whatsoever...

Lufthansa should at least be made aware that decisions concerning this Starliner Constellation project are watched and followed closely by many people all over the world.
Facebook reactions are not enough :!:
http://www.airnieuws.nl updated per 22 May 2019 . ;)

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