Now Delta had never been much interested in the Connie itself having been a loyal Douglas customer and having opted for the DC-6, DC-7 and DC-7B. However the 1953 takeover of Chicago & Southern (see http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/...air-lines.html ) saw Delta receive six L-749As from C&S. Not fitting with Delta's fleet they were disposed of in under a year.
Soon afterwards however the airline had the need for aircraft to operate new vacation package coach services and the Connie was ideal.
Delta therefore purchased four L-149s from Pan Am. That's not a typo by the way this truly is a L-149 not a L-1049! I hadn't actually realised such a model was even around until I looked into the history of Delta's Connies. The L-1049 was a retrospective in service upgrade of existing L-049s with the outer wing panels of L-749s which incorporated long-range fuel tanks.
N88868 was originally ‘Clipper Peerless’ with Pan Am delivered in May 1946. Later ‘Clipper Golden Fleece’ she was sold in 1960 to American Flyers Airline. By 1970 she was registered to the Tex Hou Inc corporation and was broken up at Galveston in 1974.
In fact all of Delta's L-149s were sold in 1960 and wouldn't see the long service of their Douglas pistonliners.
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