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Lockheed C-69 / C-121. A photo. Characteristics.
Lockheed C-69 / C-121. A photo. Characteristics.

Lockheed C-69 / C-121. A photo. Characteristics.


A type: Chetyrehdvigatelny transport aircraft, aircraft radar detection and guidance of fighter aircraft - the relay of data and television signals

Capacity: A crew of four or five people and 64 passenger (airline-69) or 88 passengers (airline-121), or 22-26 system operators (in the plane of the EU-121)

Designed for the Howard Hughes of TWA aircraft majestic "Konstelleyshn" wore olive-gray outfit faster than the red and white, as the first production aircraft were requisitioned for the US Air Force as strategic transport aircraft and were designated C-69. At the service were taken only 22 instance, but the plane made a great impression, and after the war it was purchased a number of long-haul aircraft C-121.

With the development in 1950, the elongated plane "Super Konstelleyshn" was used all the military capabilities of the aircraft, as the Air Force and the US Navy to specialized modifications of Airborne Early Warning (nicknamed «Warning Stars» - «Warning Star") and electronic intelligence Elint.Total operation visited about 20 different subtypes. The best time of the aircraft occurred during the Vietnam War, when the platform radar reconnaissance EC-121D been sent to the e-monitoring of the situation in North Vietnam. These aircraft were added to the improved modification of H / J / Q, governing the interception of aircraft MiG fighter lead-in to the tanker aircraft and marking the coordinates of the downed pilots. The armed forces have received at least 72 aircraft RC-121D, many of which were later converted into electronic reconnaissance planes and radar detection EC 121T.

Other tasks performed during the war aircraft EC-121, included work as a radio relay stations (aircraft EC-121R) for a network of electronic surveillance "Igloo White» (Igloo White), established in Laos to determine the movement of trucks moving along the "trail Ho Chi Minh "; monitoring and control of air strikes of Tactical Air Command (EU-121 plane H); shuttle transportation problems Military Transport Aviation (aircraft EC 121S / 6).The US Navy was the last military organization that operated the plane, their reconnaissance aircraft EC-121K / Q were finally withdrawn from service at the end of 1970-ies.

Basic data


  • Length: 35,41 m
  • Wingspan: 37,49 m
  • Height: 8,1 m

The weight:

  • BLANK: 36 275 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 64 620 kg

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 517 km / h
  • Range: 7405 km

Power point: 4 star-piston engine R-3350-34 or -91 turbocharged company "Wright"

Power: 8800 l. from. (6562 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • January 9 1943 years (Plane With-69), 1953 year (aircraft RC-121)

The surviving airworthy modifications:121A C / S and EU-121T


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