August 30, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - "Connie" may take to the skies once again.
The National Airline History Museum in Kansas City is trying to raise $3.2 million to restore its Lockheed Constellation propeller-driven aircraft. It wants to recreate multimillionaire aviator Howard Hughes' record-setting cross-country flight in the plane that transformed commercial air travel.
The aircraft is one of only a handful of 856 Constellations still considered airworthy. The museum is planning to fly it April 17, 2014 - the 70th anniversary of the 1944 inaugural flight piloted by Hughes and TWA president and co-founder Jack Frye.
The nonstop flight took 6 hours and 58 minutes, cutting the time of previous coast-to-coast flights in half. The flight will begin in Burbank, Calif., and end in Washington, D.C.
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