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My grandfather, Warren Erickson, a Trans World Airlines mechanic and inspector. He's in Burbank, California as a quality assurance guy stationed at Lockheed's plant as TWA accepted the Constellation into their fleet. This picture, taken in 1958 or 1959, is from a promotional set showing Warren inspecting part of the wing. My Mother told me that TWA commissioned these shots taken as a way of showing their top guy was on the job.
The Constellation was a Clarence "Kelly" Johnson design. It was a cutting edge airplane. Nothing was sleeker than the Connie. The Connie had a lot of growing pains, as did other piston engine airliners of that era. By the time Lockheed and TWA worked out the problems in the late '50s the aircraft was obsolete.
Catherine & Augusta Thiele with pets, Auburn, California, c. 1895. View full size.
1976. Wow, that was a biggie. I think there are 18 candles there. View full size.
Make mine a Tele. 1981, Dallas Texas. View full size.
Red River Texas; what a blast that place was. 3,000 acres. View full size.
First car I restored both paint and body. SS396 4-speed. It was 1985 and in Dallas, Texas. View full size.