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FS2004 Lockheed VC-121A Constellation 'Columbine II'.
The Lockheed C-121A Constellation is the military
transport version of the L-749A Constellation.
Delivered on 22 November 1948, this particular aircraft
was soon converted to VC-121A VIP-transport. From
November 1952 till November 1954 this was the personal
transport of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1952,
President Eisenhower was flying to Florida. The
Presidential plane was named 'Columbine II' (after the
official flower of Colorado, the First Lady’s home
state), but it was identified to flight controllers as
“Air Force 610” (from its tail number 48-610). However,
flying in the same general region was Eastern Airlines
Flight 610. The Eastern Airlines pilot overheard a
conversation between flight controllers and the
President’s plane, and for a moment thought the
references to flight “610” were meant for him. Although
nothing untoward happened, the government realized that
the confusion could have been tragic. Since then, any
Air Force aircraft with the President on board has been
referred to as “Air Force One.” Thus, the 'Columbine
II' was the first aircraft to be distinguished with
this designation, and she served President Eisenhower
for several years in this role.
This repaint is a much improved version of the one
issued in 2006. It has not been tested for the FSX
version of Abacus' Constallation but probably will
function there as well.
These are textures only. You will require Francisco
Sánchez-Castañer's great payware Lockheed L-749
Constellation, which can be obtained from Abacus'
Platinum Collection (see
http://www.abacuspub.com/default.html). Repaint (based
on Francisco Sánchez-Castañer's textures) by Maarten
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