Constellation C-69 Vintage Airplane Charm
Constellation C-69 Vintage Airplane Charm
Constellation C-69 Vintage Airplane Charm
Constellation C-69 Vintage Airplane Charm
Constellation C-69 Vintage Airplane Charm

Constellation C-69 Vintage Airplane Charm

Regular price $ 195.00

 It's called "Constellation" and I am blonde AND an Aquarian, so...there's THAT. Airplanes take us to dream destinations.. They also bring the people we love to us. They are majestic and powerful, but they are also beautiful at rest on a tarmac.

No matter how many times I have flown, I am always filled with a sense of magic and wonder that such a thing is possible. I am thrown back to that scene in Mary Poppins, when laughter causes human liftoff. I love the beautiful curves of an airplane and the cross-like intersection of wings and body, brings imagery of angels in the clouds. 

The special backstory for this particular choice is that it, after Pearl Harbor, when the United States entered World War 11, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation assembly lines were taken over by the American government for the war effort. The Lockheed L-049 Constellation was requisitioned and designated as the C-69 and was to be used for equipment and personnel transport by the United States Army Air Forces. In 1944, Howard Hughes, who was one of the key people in the development of the Constellation, and owner of TWA Airlines, flew the aircraft from Burbank to Washington DC in less than 7 hours as a publicity stunt. The aircraft was painted in full TWA livery, still retaining its military serial number. His co-pilot was Jack Frey, President of TWA, and Hughes then-girlfriend, movie star Ava Gardner, was also along for the ride. Another C-69  arrived at Wright Field and picked up Orville Wright, who was allowed to control the aircraft momentarily, on what would be his last flight. A 3rd Constellation was sent on a Transatlantic flight from NYC to Paris in 1945. The flight took less than 15 hours and was flown by a TWA crew. 

Intriguingly magnificent.

Sterling Silver Constellation C-69 Vintage Airplane Charm  Approximately 2-1/4" nose to tail, 3" Wingspan and 1-1/4" tail width. Vintage Oxidized Finish. Handmade to order. Hand-signed. Made in America.