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Lockheed EC-121 Constellation (53-0554) - Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ, 9 Jul 2022
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Lockheed EC-121 Constellation (53-0554)


Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ, 9 Jul 2022


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Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
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Manufacturer: LOCKHEED
Markings: 79th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron, Homestead AFB, Florida, 1974
Designation: EC-121T
Serial Number: 53-0554

The commercial success of the Constellation airliner led Lockheed to develop several larger versions of the aircraft. The most produced of these is the Model 1049 Super Constellation that featured a longer fuselage and more powerful engines. This version also proved to be a successful airliner and was one of the last long-range piston engine airliners to see service. Like its earlier cousins the 1049 attracted the attention of the U.S. military and served as transports and electronic warfare aircraft for both the Navy and Air Force. The RC-121D version was built for the Air Force as an airborne radar aircraft and entered service in 1953. They were upgraded several times and eventually were given the designation EC-121T in the early 1970s. The last of them left Air Force service in the late 1970s. In 1967, an EC-121 crew was responsible for the first successful airborne radar controlled interception of an enemy aircraft when they directed an Air Force fighter to a successful shoot-down of a North Vietnamese MiG-21.
Dave Sheehy
Great info and nice shot, thanks Greg.
Gavin Hughes
Can't argue with davesheehy's comments. Nice, moody shot Greg.
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Thank you, Dave and Gavin!
Gary Schenauer
Greg, BOTH of these two newest posts are superlative captures. Absolutely outstanding! And I see that in my two weeks absence, FA has discontinued adding a WM to the bottom right of pics that are being posted in this gallery. AND that photo thieves are already making the most of their new opportunity -- your pic of the B-36 already appeared on another site under another name. A friend of mine reported it and it has been removed but there have been others also being d/loaded and reposted so just be aware that you'll be seeing your pics on other sites. I have no doubt that other contributors (Gavin, Leland S, Uwe, JM, Darryl, etc., etc) will also find their great pics appearing elsewhere under other names. So just be wary. Meanwhile, these are both ***** snaps.
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Thanks a bunch, Gary! I hadn't noticed the missing WM, so thanks for the 'heads up' on that. It's sad that people have so little respect for others' intellectual property. It sucks, but maybe I can take solace in the fact that I'm now included among the ranks of some of the great FA photographers you mentioned. ;-)
Dave Sheehy
Thanks very much for pointing that out Gary. I will add my own WM going forward.
Gary Schenauer
Greg & Dave ... I've already been imbedding my own WM in my pics. Each has at least one (some have two and a few have three) imbedded. About 3 years ago, I discovered one of mine had been entered in a contest that had a monetary prize. Since the person held a mid-level position in an airline (an airline that was featured on the photo), I knew that revealing the person's "theft' would have a "detrimental' impact on the person's employment. I gave the person an opportunity to disqualify her/him self but my offer was refused. When I came forward and brought the photo the person had entered up in front of the person's bosses, I asked how my name had come to be imbedded on the picture in two locations. In front of several people, the boss increased the magnification of the photo ... and there was my name imbedded in it ... twice. The entry was disqualified and two months later the person was passed over for a promotion from the position he / she was in because that promotion required trustworthiness. And that happened just because the person stole a picture and tried to win corporate money with it. A tough lesson to learn.
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Very interesting, Gary. I guess I'll need to start doing that.
Gary Schenauer
Easy to do. All of my newest here have several. Takes about 25-30 seconds per each.
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Roger that, Gary. Thanks!
Gary Schenauer
Hi, Greg. Hey, I just received a reply from FA regarding a question I had sent. I asked why they had discontinued the watermark in the lower right corner. The reply I got just now insists that the watermark was never discontinued, is still being added, and IS visible in the lower right corner of all pics in the gallery. So, Greg, am I blind? I cannot see anything there but the FA agent insists that all these newest pics are showing a FA WM. What do YOU see?
Dave Sheehy
I'm looking Gary...hit CNTRL + to maximize and still see nothing for a WM. Nada.
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Yeah, I don't see it, either. Maybe they're putting it on the reverse side of the picture??
ken kemper
I am with Gavin & Gary on this Capture

Absolutely superb
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Thanks a bunch, Ken!
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