Lockheed Constellation Survivors

F-ZVMV c/n 2503

At the Musée de l'Air at Le Bourget, France in 1982 with a fifth engine used for icing tests (John Kelly) After many years in open storage, restoration of this fine old lady began in 2003
(Gerard Mougenot)
Painted in quasi Air France colors for a movie about Edith Piaf in this September 2012 photo (Marc Lehmann)
  • Final registration - F-ZVMV
  • Delivered to Pan American on lease June 1947 as L749 NC86520 "Clipper America"
  • Inaugurated Pan American L749 services
  • To Aerovias Guest SA as XA-GOQ January 1948
  • Returned to LAC as NC86520 November 1948
  • To Air France as F-BAZR January 1949 to October 1960
  • To CGTM as F-ZVMV for use as flying engine test bed April 1963 to February 1966
  • To CEV February 1966 to December 1974
  • To Musee de l'Air, Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France July 1975
  • Engine test bed equipment removed from aircraft May/June 2002
  • Parked in museum storage area by early 2003 in good condition with minimal corrosion
  • Museum plans on restoring aircraft as Air France F-BAZR
  • Restoration began summer 2003 but lack of project funds has slowed progress
  • In quasi Air France colors with false registration F-JAZ by December 2006


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