Corgi Aviation Archive 1:144 Scale 47503: Lockheed L-749A Constellation “Malabar Princess” of Air India. Please note: boxes may not be perfect with light scuffs and creases, but models are new.
Length 8 inches Wingspan 10.25 inches
The newly formed Air-India International was fortunate to receive early delivery of three Lockheed Constellation L-749A aircraft very shortly after it was formed, as a result of an order cancellation by another airline. These airplanes were delivered to Bombay in March 1948 itself, and hence plans could be speeded up to launch the service from Bombay to London in June if the same year itself.
The three L-749A Constellations were:
VT-CQP Malabar Princess. (see below)
VT-CQR Rajput Princess. Sold on 15 January 1958
VT-CQS Mogul Princess (Mughal Princess). Sold on 15 January 1958.
Air India Flight 245 was a scheduled Air India passenger flight that crashed into Mont Blanc, France on the morning of 3 November 1950. The plane operating the flight was a Lockheed L-749A Constellation named Malabar Princess, registered VT-CQP. It was piloted by Captain Alan R. Saint, 34, and co-pilot V. Y. Korgaokar. It was carrying 40 passengers and 8 crew on a Bombay-Istanbul-Geneva-London route. While over France, the flight crashed into the French Alps, killing all on board.
Designed to meet Pan Am and TWA requirements for a 40 passenger airliner, the Constellation was first flown in its military version of C69 on January 9th, 1943.