NSS unloads an icon
NSS project cargo expertise was recently called on to carefully discharge a national icon.
The Lockheed Super Constellation has arrived in its resting place at the Qantas Founders Museum where it’ll be preserved for posterity.
The aircraft took to the road for its final destination in Longreach after being discharged from the Port of Townsville.
NSS carried out the stevedoring for the special arrival, calling on their expert rigger Gary Abraham to facilitate the operation.
The aircraft was shipped from Manila to Townsville and then taken by road to the central western Queensland destination.
The museum purchased the Lockheed Super Constellation in September 2014 at an auction of old aircraft organised by the Manila International Airport Authority.
It had been grounded for 25 years.
Wikipedia tells us that in 1958, Qantas became the second round-the-world airline, flying Super Constellations westward from Australia to London through Asia and the Middle East.
Around 570 L-1049 Super Constellations were built between 1951 and 1958. More than half were used by the military.
The Qantas Founders Museum is an independent, not-for-profit community organisation and registered charity operating since 1936 to commemorate the ethos and preserve the material heritage of Qantas Airways Ltd.
The museum collection includes the Consolidated PBY Catalina Flying Boar, Douglas DC-3, Boeing 707 and the Boeing 747 as well as full-scale replicas of the de Havilland DH-61 Giant Moth, de Havilland DH-50 and Avro Dyak, which was the company’s first aircraft.