The Super Connie: how Lufthansa crossed the Atlantic

The Super Connie: how Lufthansa crossed the Atlantic

Lufthansa’s first Atlantic crossing

For many people the Super Constellation is the greatest passenger plane that was ever built, which is why it is often lovingly called the “Super Connie”. The Super Connie holds a great status for Lufthansa and aviation history as it was the plane Lufthansa used for its first intercontinental flight. On 8th June 1955 a Lockheed L-1049 G Super Constellation took off on the first scheduled Lufthansa intercontinental flight from Hamburg via Düsseldorf in Germany to New York

in the USA. The flight took 17 hours. Back then it was only possible to cross the Atlantic to the USA with stops. It was usually possible to fly back to Germany nonstop thanks to the tailwind. A new era had begun. The Super Constellation turned flying into a mass form of transport for travelling quickly and comfortably to the world’s big cities. The Super Constellation also excelled in another area – it was the first commercial aircraft with a pressurised cabin.

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