Lockheed C-69 Constellation

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I believe this is an image of the premier Constellation. Does anyone have a higher res than this?
 

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I found these. (credit Lockheed Martin)
 

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I wish everyone would answer their own questions with even better photos, like these!
 

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Oh wow... the second photo is amazing! It shows a C-69 Connie with the sole UC-101, a Vega drafted in 1942!
The serial indicates that this is the very first C-69-1-LO for 1943, but there had already been 180 examples of the C-69, -1-LO and -5-LO ordered in 1942. In fact it's the first in a batch of nine, the last batch of C-69 ordered. According to Joe Baugher's site, it was c/n 049-1961, which appeared on civil registry as NX25600. It was later converted to XC-69E. Sold to Hughes Aircraft Co after the war as NX67900, it was repurchased by Lockheed and converted to prototype L.1049 Super Constellation... and as if this wasn't enough, it was later purchased by California Airmotive and broken up!!!

What an interesting story this Connie had!
 

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As for the UC-101 (serial 42-94148), it was originally a commercial Vega 5C (c/n 210), registered as NC14236 and acquired from Don Marshall for use by Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District. It was then sold back to Don Marshall as NC48610 in 1944. Struck off-charge on June 9, 1945.
 

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Here's a closer view of the Vega 5C (UC-101).
 

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You're welcome. Here's the original Connie at Muroc - first landing after first flight, 9 January 1943.
 

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The original C-69 prototype was known at Lockheed as the "Beast of Burbank" and was used for many years as a test-bed and was even stretched to Super Constellation length, as can be seen in this 1953 article from Aviation Week:
 

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Skyblazer said:
The original C-69 prototype was known at Lockheed as the "Beast of Burbank" and was used for many years as a test-bed and was even stretched to Super Constellation length, as can be seen in this 1953 article from Aviation Week:
...and here's how she started out. -SP
 

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