[Headline: Tyler Perry’s Connie]
Was Jerry Smith’s (email@example.com) photo taken of a full-scale Lockheed Constellation or a model of the airplane?
“When you first look at this airplane you have to think it is real. A closer look reveals the aileron, flap, and elevator linkage hanging out.
“The airplane belongs to Tyler Perry, movie writer, producer, and actor. Tyler loves to fly RC airplanes. With what little time he has for his hobby and with his resources, he has the very best. The Constellation was kitted and built in Germany by Phoenix Aircraft. It was flown here in the US for the first time.
“The Connie has a wingspan of 165 inches and is powered by four Hacker motors, each running on five-cell batteries located in each nacelle. Its overall flying weight [is] 90 pounds. [I] don’t often see airplanes of this size flown at our flying field and it was a real treat to see Tyler’s airplane in the air. Very realistic and majestic in flight.”
Historically the Constellation, affectionately known as the Connie, was a four-engine, propeller-driven aircraft built by Lockheed between 1943 and 1958, in Burbank, California. Four model variations of 856 aircraft were produced. The Connie was used as a civilian airliner and a US military transport airplane, seeing service in the Berlin Airlift and as President Eisenhower’s presidential aircraft.
Jerry shot the photo using a Nikon D300 at a 155mm focal length, with an f-stop of f/9 and ISO at 500 at 1/1000 second in shutter priority.[dingbat]