Airlines Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation N 7102C(?)
There were six variants of the Lockheed L-1049 airliner
produced. The L-1049G had provision for
609 gal capacity wing
tip tanks (although not all carriers used them) extending the range.
version on its European routes. In 1955, when this aircraft was
delivered, the "in vogue" thing
was to paint the
registration (usually called "tail number": in the US) in two and one
half inch high num-
bers on the fin
of the aircraft. I have another shot of this machine, clearly
taken at the same time,
rego is barely visible on the upper surface of the starboard
wing. I am assuming it is the
same aircraft, but hedge
my bet by placing a query mark after the rego in my heading for this
From the distance the
camera aircraft was from the target in taking the above shot there is
no way that
the rego would have
been visible. In fact, I have stood right under the tail of one
of these majestic looking
aircraft and could
barely make out the identity of it whilst standing on the ground, not
20 feet away!
1956 the FAA said, in effect "enough of this nonsense" and issued an
the "tail number"
should be painted on the fuselage in script at least a foot
high. It has been that way ever
I have noticed that some carriers, of late, have resorted to rather
minuscule numbers again.