Lockheed Constellation Survivors

N4247K c/n 4144

At Arlington, WA on June 4, 1986 being restored for its ill-fated South Pacific fish hauling venture (Peter M. Garwood) Rare shot at Nagoya, Japan in December 1987 while hauling fish (Nobuo Oyama) Stored at Manila Intl Airport in deteriorating condition on August 24, 2006 (Martin Fenner)
Being disassembled at Manila International Airport on March 15, 2015 (QFM Photo) Arriving at the Qantas Founders Museum on May 24, 2017 (Tom Harwood) After standblasting, painting of the fuselage underway on February 19, 2018 (QFM Photo)
By April 21, 2018 the fuselage had been painted wing was ready to be attached (QFM Photo) On May 21, 2018 a crane hoists aircraft to allow installation of the undercarriage (QFM Photo) In Qantas colors as VH-EAM, the Super Connie looks stunning on July 8, 2018 (QFM Photo)
  • Final registration - N4247K
  • Delivered to US Navy December 1953 as R7V-1 BuN 131643
  • Redesignated C-121J October 1962
  • Named “Ole Blue from Point Mugu” while in service there
  • Retired and stored at Davis Monthan AFB by October 1973
  • Offered for sale February 1981
  • To William "Winky" Crawford trading as Northern Peninsula Fisheries May 1981 as N4247K
  • Restored for ferry flight and flown to Arlington, WA June 1981
  • To World Fish and Agriculture, Inc October 1987 (company owned by Crawford)
  • Restoration completed November 1987 and ferried to Palau Island in the Pacific the second week of November
  • Flew tuna from Palau Island to Nagoya, Japan for three months, beginning November 24, 1987
  • Impounded at Manila Airport, Philippines by June 1988
  • Stored in deteriorating condition at Manila Airport
  • Qantas Founders Museum obtained aircraft at September 12, 2014 auction at Manila Airport
  • Disassembled March 2015 and stored at airport while waiting transport by sea to Australia
  • Arrived at the Port of Townsville, Queensland, Australia on May 20, 2017
  • Arrived at the Qantas Founders Museum on May 24, 2017
  • External restoration completed July 2018 with aircraft painted in Qantas colors as VH-EAM "Southern Spray"
  • Cockpit and cabin restoration completed 2019 and aircraft previewed to community December 7, 2019
  • Aircraft moved to museum's new Airpark Roof facility early March 2020 for permanent display

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