Northwest Airlines Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation  N5172V   (c/n  4572)


                                        In 1955 Northwest ordered a small fleet (of four) Lockheed L-1049G Super Connies.  Whether
                                        this was just an interim step whilst waiting for the long range Douglas DC-7C, or whether at one
                                        point they intended to standardize on these stately airliners is not clear.  In the event, they were sold
                                        off after only two years service.  Interestingly, Northwest were the first airline to utilize tip tanks on
                                        Super Constellation aircraft to increase the range.   Each tank held 600 gallons, and gave the machines
                                        an extra range of some 700 miles.    All four were sold to Linea Aeropostal Venezolana in 1957,
                                        N5172V becoming YV-C-ANB.