There’s a lot to look at in this photo of an Air France L-749 Lockheed Constellation (F-BAZH, “Rue de la Paix”) being serviced at Paris Orly in the late 50s. Of particular interest to me, aside from the awesome whitewall tires on the fuel bowser, is the lowered Speedpak freight container underneath the fuselage.

This particular aircraft entered service in 1950, where it flew between points in Europe and to New York City. In 1960, it was sold to Royal Air Maroc, the national carrier of Morocco, sold again and converted to a freighter, changed hands a few more times, including US ownership, and ended up as scrap in 1973.


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