Airlines Lockheed L-049 Constellation NC90921
Although AOA commenced
trans-Atlantic operations with the DC-4, clearly the best airliner for
route was the
Constellation, and seven were ordered by the airline earl;y in
images on this
page are via Wayne Tudor. The shot of "Flagship London" above was
Airlines archives. As far as can be ascertained, AOA used three
different title logos on
aircraft in a short period of time. They were: American Airlines
System, American Oversea
and American Overseas Airlines in different lettering styles, although
all the aircraft I personally
at Heathrow in the late 40s and 50s were liveried as per the machine
above. The title change
on the fuselage
was accompanied by a change in the lettering below the cockpit.
Initially they were
as American Airlines System, per the Lockheed shot below of "Flagship Philadelphia" under
construction in the
open at Burbank in 1946. This scheme appears never to have
been used operation-
however. Also, AOA played name games with their
airliners.NC90921 above was originally
named "Flagship Sweden". It then became "Flagship
London" and is shown above at
displaying that name whilst having its troublesome Wright Duplex
GR-3350s worked on.
then renamed "Flagship Stockholm"
and finally "Flagship Mercury".
On 25 September 1950,
with Pan American
who named it "Clipper Jupiter Rex"
(one of the many) when they
hold of it.
L-049 Constellation (c/n 2063)