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Unknown/Generic Undesignated (85164)

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Lockheed R6V Constitution 85164 (Ship 2) on display at the old Cleveland Municipal Airport (currently Hopkins) in 1949. The aircraft was on a U.S. Navy recruitment campaign that year and made a stop during the airshow for public tours and viewing. I purchased this photo along with several others highlighting this particular airshow. The photograph was NOT taken by me.

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Tim Marks
Great historical photo Harrison. I looked up the history of this aircraft, was interesting that only 2 were built and only used by the Navy for a few short years. Thanks.
Alan Brown
Looks a bit like a variation on the Globemaster that the Air Force used.
Tyler Emtage
5* Thanks for adding it
peterjp5
An incredible historical photo of a very rare and uncommon aircraft. 5*
jthyland
Great find. Looks like a double-decker. Never heard of it.
Ken Hardy
I assume those engines are Pratt 4360's
Martin Allan
Interesting that some of the doors seem to open downwards - hinged at the bottom.
Same engines as those on a B29 I think.
silverio califano
I used to see one at Emilia Earhart/Opa Locka Field in Opa Locka Florida. It was going to be turned into a restaurant, I believe, but it caught fire and was eventually demolished. What a shame that Aviation History is lost like that.
Doug Zalud
This is local for me. That was the last year for the show at KCLE. The crash of Bill Odom in Jackie Cochran's P-51 helped contribute to the end of racing here.

http://www.cleveland.com/berea/index.ssf/2014/08/labor_day_marks_65_years_since.html
Joe Blow
Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney R-4360 radial engine, 3,000 hp (2,240 kW) each
Colin Seftel
The complete history of this aircraft and some more photos here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_R6V_Constitution
billtanksley
The grey nose cone reminds me of the Space Shuttles nose cone. Just similarity, I'm sure.
TWA55
Don't see many pictures of this acrft.
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