Connie the 1958 Lockheed Constellation

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Vintage plane destined to be cocktail bar travels NYC streets

March 23, 2019 - 5:18 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A blast from the past made its way through the streets of Manhattan Saturday morning – it was a fully restored Trans World Airlines plane whose image graced a billboard over Times Square in the late 50s.

The vintage airliner had a police escort as it traveled through Midtown. Its on its way to Kennedy Airport to become part of the upcoming 1960s-themed TWA Hotel.

The 1958 Lockheed Constellation is nicknamed Connie. She was towed without her wings on a flatbed up Sixth Avenue and down Seventh Avenue, where she stopped at Times Square for a rest and some photos with fans.

“It was designed by Howard Hughes, and he actually set the transcontinental speed record in this plane,” said Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and MORSE Development, the companies developing the TWA Hotel.

On Sunday night, Connie will be towed to Kennedy Airport, where her wings will be reattached.

Come May, she’ll be transformed into a cocktail lounge at the hotel.

Tourist Steve Gulliver of England told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria it’s recycling at its best.

“It’s gonna be like an attraction isn’t it? Not that you haven’t got enough here in New York,” Gulliver said.

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