F-BAZM Lockheed L-749 Constellation
F-BAZM was actually the first Constellation
delivered to Air France (on 25 August 1947).
Unfortunately, the only photograph
Air France deigned to offer me of it was this almost head-
shot. Strange that the starboard wheel is fully retracted
but the port one is only half way
up. Like the rest of the L-749s, it was
converted to full L-749A status soon after delivery.
In 1961 it was sold to the
Service Generale de l'Aviation Civile (SGAC - the French Depart-
ment of Civil
Aviation). F-BAZM crashed on Mount Lapalme near Perpignan
on 11 January
commemorative plaque now marks the crash site.