This Vintage Plane is About to Become a Hotel Cocktail Lounge in NYC

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A vintage Lockheed Constellation aircraft known as the “Connie” is making its way to NYC to become a cocktail lounge. 

The rare L-1649A Starliner was recently restored for its new purpose, and had a ceremonial send-of on Monday, October 8 before heading out on its journey on Tuesday morning. After traveling the 328-miles to JFK from Maine, it will serve as the cocktail lounge at the airport’s new TWA Hotel. It is one of only 44 Starliners built by Lockheed between the 1940s and 1950s, and one of only four still around today.

Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and Morse Development (the company behind the TWA Hotel) said the plane flew for Trans World Airlines for three years and then went on to fly around the Alaskan wilderness as a bush pilot plane. From there, he said, the plane was used in South America: “It had giant cargo doors to fly pallets of marijuana around South America.” It was later abandoned and then brought back to the states in the 80s, where it sat on a tarmac for years.

Now, it will have a new use inside the JFK airport’s hotel. 

featured image source: TWA Hotel