Saturday, October 26, 2013

HISTORICAL PHOTO: Aerotransportes Entre Rios L-1049H Super Constellation LV-JIO at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE)

Aerotransportes Entre Rios L-1049H Super Constellation LV-JIO (c/n 4808) pictured at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) in the late 1960's or early 1970's.  (Phil Perry Collection) 

This aircraft was delivered to Seaboard & Western Airlines (later renamed Seaboard World Airlines) as N1010C on 18Feb57 but was immediately leased to and went into service with Eastern Airlines. It was subsequently leased to TAP - Transportes Aereos Portugueses, Capital Airlines and LEBCA of Venezuela before ending up with Aerotransportes Entre Rios in December 1968 with which it flew until 1971 before being retired in Miami where it was scrapped in 1972.

The L-1049H was a convertible passenger/freight version of the L-1049G with 53 manufactured, including the last Constellation built, which was handed over to Flying Tigers in 1959.  

The L-1049G was one of the last versions of a long line of Constellation variants, including the original L-049 model and others that followed it including the C-69, L-649, L-749, L-1049, L-1049C, L-1049D, L-1049E and more.  

Each variant generally offered performance improvements over previous versions with the biggest differences between the early versions and later ones being dimensions and powerplants.  For example, the L-1049G compared to the L-749 was 116 ft. long vs. 97 ft., it had a wingspan of 126 ft. vs. 123 ft. and it had four Wright R-3350-DA3 Turbo Compound 18-cylinder supercharged radial engines, rated at 3,250 hp (2,424 kW) each vs. the L-749's Wright R-3350-749C18BD-1 radial engines, which were rated at 2,500 hp (1,864 kW). 

Aerotransporte Entre Rios was founded in Argentina in 1962 as an all-cargo carrier transporting livestock around South America initially with C-46's, followed by an ex-KLM L-749 Constellation and four L-1049's.  Later. a Britannia and several CC-106's (version of the CL-44 built for the Royal Canadian Air Force) joined the fleet but AER lost the Britannia and two of the CC-106's in accidents, one in Miami and the other en route from Montevideo (MVD) to Santiago (SCL).  AER ceased services in the late 1970's. 

Latin Glory - Airlines of Latin America by Michael Magnusson, Airlife Publishing, 1995  

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