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:

  • 10/2014 | Cabin mockup extended

    The mockup of the Super Star board lounge solves complex design questions. Once registered as N8083H, the Lockheed can look back on a long service life, which began as a Trans World Airlines passenger aircraft in 1958. Today, its fuselage gives a foretaste of the sophisticated features to be included in the cabin of the historic aircraft that is being restored for Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung (DLBS) next door. (more)