After a temporary grounding period for maintenance work, the famous Breitling Super Constellation – one of the world’s three remaining flightworthy «Super Connies» – is preparing to take to the air once more. In a ceremony held on April 30th in Germany, Breitling renewed its financial support for the preservation of this legendary aircraft. The brand also announced the launch of a limited edition Navitimer chronograph that will delight devotees of the Super Constellation, while serving to raise funds to secure its future.
For aviation fans, the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation remains one of the finest symbols of the conquest of the skies. Equipped with four ultra-powerful «turbo-compound» engines, this magnificent propeller-driven long-haul plane dominated civil aviation in the 1950s and established itself as the «King of the Atlantic». It is also famed for its incomparable silhouette featuring a dolphin-like curved fuselage and triple-tail design.
The Breitling Super Constellation «Star of Switzerland» is one of the last three «Super Connies» in flightworthy condition on the planet, and the only one based in Europe – as well as the only one equipped for passenger flights. Built in 1955, it was restored in the 1990s by a group of passionate devotees and made its grand comeback to the Old Continent in 2004. Since then, it has regularly taken part in various air shows, and each of its appearances is enthusiastically greeted by spectators.