C-121G SUPER CONSTELLATION N420NA

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PLEASE NOTE: After decades of seasonal weather, much of the original paint has faded, disappeared, and become fragile - often leaving merely bare metal or primer. Traces of paint remain in varying degrees. PlaneTags will ship these in random order as chosen from the variations shown in the photos,

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As part of our quest to catalog aviation history, we are over the moon to bring you an often-requested, much-respected plane - the Lockheed C-121G Super Constellation. This isn’t just any Super Connie; it’s NASA’s N420NA - an instrument of science and a symbol of technical innovation from the amazing Lockheed designers. 

Read more about NASA’s Super Connie on our blog: Lockheed Super Constellation: Supporting NASA’s Connection to Deep Space 


OUR PLANE'S STORY

The MotoArt team discovered this C-121 at a salvage yard in 2022 and couldn’t believe their luck once they learned its history. Its career began in 1953 as BuNo 131642 when it was delivered to the U.S. Navy as an R7V-1. By 1959, it was one of 32 R7V-1s transferred to the USAF, reclassified as a C-121G, and registered S/N 54-4065. In 1963, it was loaned to NASA with another Super Connie, 54-4076, or NASA 421, as it became known. The two were used to calibrate ground-based tracking stations for the Mercury, Apollo, Gemini, and Agena space programs. After spending many years with NASA, N420NA was later used to test explosives before being sold by the DOD in 1978. 

The Lockheed Super Constellation, a four-engine, prop-driven airliner, was designed to fly long distances and was equipped with powerful engines and state-of-the-art avionics, making it one of the most technologically advanced airliners of its time. Airlines such as TWA and Pan Am found it well-suited for long-haul flights due to its fuel efficiency, capacity, and range. Passengers appreciated its spacious cabins and luxurious touches. It was adapted for military use to transport troops/cargo, surveillance, and search and rescue missions in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and throughout the Cold War years.


The Lockheed Super Constellation is one of our most requested aircraft, and MotoArt is honored to have such an esteemed plane join the PlaneTags fleet. Don’t miss adding this very limited edition to your PlaneTags collection today. 


C-121G SUPER CONSTELLATION-# N420NA

             

Characteristics:

  • Manufacturer:Lockheed Corporation
  • Tail # : N420NA
  • Crew: 6 (Pilot, Co-Pilot, Navigator, Flight Engineer, Crew Chief, Flight Mechanic)
  • Wing Span: 123 ft 0 in
  • Length: 113 ft 7 in
  • Height: 24 ft 9 in

Performance:

  • Range:4,480 nm 
  • Cruise Speed: 264 kts
  • Ceiling: 25,700 ft
  • Empty weight:79,697 lb
  • Max Takeoff:144,998 lb
  • Rate of Climb: 1,100 ft / min
  • Engine: 4x Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone

DISCLAIMER

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PlaneTags are: 

  • Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. 
  • Unique -  each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. 
  • Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card. 
  • Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.

 

*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully

PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.

Caution: Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. This product contains chemical-based paint which may cause respiratory irritation if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. Keep out of mouth.

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    LW
    02/18/2024
    Logan W.
    United States United States

    The Connie!!!

    Super thrilled with this release! Couldn't be happier with this release! Super awesome color combos and another great NASA tag

    JS
    02/17/2024
    Jamie S.
    United States United States

    Bare metal

    The bare metal tag is nice, a great tag to add to the collection.Unfortunately the plane was abandoned for quite some time, and it shows heavily in the other tag variants. But the bare metal still looks good!

    PR
    02/15/2024
    Philip R.
    United States United States

    Super Constellation

    Love the look of this airplane. One of my favorites. It's such an elegant and graceful looking plane. I'm proud to say I'm taking part in keeping its history alive.

    MZ
    02/13/2024
    Marcus Z.
    Australia Australia

    Holy Moly NASA

    Not only is this a NASA aircraft, but the aircraft itself is interesting! Having this planetag is perfect way to bolster my collection with unique and amazing pieces of aviation history!

    IH
    02/10/2024
    Isaac H.
    United States United States

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING (gray)

    One of my top 5 tags that's is an absolute great piece to own. Great history and a great plane with beautiful backing cards and engraving.

    A PlaneTags Customer
    MG
    02/09/2024
    Mike G.
    United States United States

    Another Holy Grail

    For me the Constellation is another Holy Grail aircraft. What an amazing release and set! The colors, patina, and history make this a year's highlight tag. Thanks so much for this release!

    JC
    02/07/2024
    Julius C.
    United States United States

    C-121G Gray

    Really nice piece, the scratches are amazing and unique. I really recommend this tag if you are a fan of the constellation!

    P
    08/02/2023
    Phil
    United States United States

    BUNO 131624

    Very interesting, but not sure it is entirely correct. I was a passenger on 131624 from NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island to Christchurch New Zealand in September 1970 as a member of VXE-6 Operation Deep Freeze a US Navy Squadron flying in support of US Antarctic Research Program during the astral summer in Antarctica. As squadron records show, the aircraft went to storage in Tuscon, was put up for sale, no one purchased and it was cut up in 1971. But that may be incorrect also and I do have pictures of 131624 Phoenix in that years cruise book.

    A
    06/09/2023
    Alberto
    Germany Germany

    Super Constellation

    I was surprised that several types were sold out but no one has yet deigned to write a Review. Well, let me begin by saying that the Super Constellation was a true eye-catcher back in the time I grew up in. Never flown on one but I always saw them here and there. Thanks to Planetags, a small piece to remember them by.

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