Return of the "Super Star"

Entering production in 1956 as the "Super Star", the L1649A is the technological culmination of the Constellation series while at the same time signifying the grand finale of the era of long-range, piston-powered air travel.
Making the world's last Lockheed L1649A airworthy again is a very special challenge for Lufthansa Technik.

Three L1649As bought at auction
In December 2007, the Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung bought three Lockheed L1649As at auction. The package included 13 engines as well as countless replacement parts. Immediately after acquiring them, the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung appointed Lufthansa Technik AG to restore one of the three newly purchased "Super Stars" to an airworthy condition.

Now in service with the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung
The L1649A, affectionately called "Queen of the North Atlantic" or also "Mona Lisa of the Skies", is the perfect addition to DLBS's hand-picked historic fleet. In future, the "Super Star" will also serve as a historic ambassador for the history of Lufthansa in Germany and abroad.

Then in service with Deutsche Lufthansa AG
From 1958 Deutsche Lufthansa AG flew four L1649A on North Atlantic routes. The first "Super Star" set out on February 13, 1958 from Hamburg via Frankfurt am Main to New York to cover a journey of 6,189 km (3,846 miles). The Senator First Class service was introduced on board the "Super Star" in November offering a level of comfort and luxury above the clouds that has barely been equaled since.
L1649A – the last in the series of the famous Super Constellation
L1649A – the last in the series of the famous Super Constellation

"Super Star" News:

  • 04/2014 | A change of project management

    For Lufthansa Technik’s Lockheed Super Star project the new year coincided with a change of project manager. Andreas Gherman, who moved to Hamburg to take up the role of Head of Development Operations and IP Management, was succeeded as project manager based in Auburn by Andreas Pakszies, who had previously held the post of regional head of Aircraft Maintenance West Germany. (more)