The Connie is Coming to SUN ‘n FUN 50th

Come see a rare example of the most iconic four-engine transports of the 20th century, the Lockheed VC-121A “MacArthur Bataan.” MacArthur Bataan, built in 1948, is one of only two of its type remaining airworthy in the world. 

The VC-121A is more commonly recognized by its commercial aircraft name, Constellation, or simply Connie. With its graceful lines, distinctive tri-tail design, and extensive service with numerous airlines, the Connie is among the most recognized aircraft ever built.

Bataan is a Connie with a long career of military and NASA service, was later nearly scrapped after years of outdoor display, and was recently extensively restored to airworthiness by the San Antonio, Texas-based Air Legends Foundation, which currently operates it.

MacArthur Bataan is scheduled to arrive at Lakeland Linder International Airport on Tuesday, April 9th, during the SUN ‘n FUN airshow, and fly in the show again on Wednesday, April 10th. After static display on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12, it will depart after its appearance in the air show on Saturday, April 13.  Don’t miss it!

Photo Credit: Scott Slocum
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