The pinnacle of piston powered commercial air travel was the Lockheed Model 1049G Constellation. Inbound from Europe via New York, Trans World Airlines Ambassador Flight 863 with a full load of 63 passengers begins its final approach to Runway 25 left at Los Angels International Airport on Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24, 1955.
TWA flew more of the graceful "Connies" than any other carrier during the mid-1950’s. The aircraft shown, N7102C, "Star of Windsor" was equipped with upgraded Wright R-3350 turbo-compound engines and tip tanks holding 600 gallon of fuel each. In this configuration the Super G could fly non stop from New York to London at 365mph.