Technical competence for vintage flying machines

Immediately after acquiring the three Lockheed L1649As in December 2007, the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung appointed Lufthansa Technik to restore one of the newly purchased Super Stars to an airworthy condition.
When Lufthansa Technik hands the L1649A over to the Foundation’s flight operation, not only will the aircraft look as if it had just rolled out of Lockheed final assembly, but it will incorporate the latest safety standards of the modern era.

The choice as to which of the three aircraft would be the one to fly again fell on an aircraft originally built for TWA in 1957 and registered as N7316C. As the technically sturdiest of the three, this will serve as the platform for the elaborate restoration process which is due to commence shortly. Along with the three aircraft, the Foundation also purchased 13 Super Star engines plus countless spare parts and full technical documentation for the aircraft type.

As a globally active maintenance and development organization, Lufthansa Technik is the ideal partner to implement the comprehensive task package which will require extensive work on the aircraft structure. Thus, in a few years’ time, DLBS’s L1649A will be transformed once more into the masterpiece of aircraft design that was built over half a century ago.

To make this happen, the airport of Auburn, Maine, and home to the "Super Star" selected for restoration, is building a maintenance hangar. Once the aircraft is moved into this hangar as planned for the summer of 2008, an ambitious maintenance and upgrade program will get under way. Thus, for example, it is planned to retrofit this L1649A, which is currently configured as a cargo aircraft, back into a passenger aircraft.
One of the L1649A's four engines – power: 3.400 hp each
One of the L1649A's four engines – power: 3.400 hp each

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