Video: ‘Super Star’ Constellation takes off on a road trip

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A convoy of trucks carrying a Lockheed L-1649A “Super Star”Constellation turns off  Kittyhawk Avenue onto Route 202 in Auburn on Tuesday afternoon. The fuselage, tail and four engines are heading to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to become a cocktail lounge at the TWA Hotel complex. Truck driver Matt Beaty said he will be back to pick up the plane’s wings once they are disassembled. The one remaining Constellation at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport in Auburn is ready to be shipped to Germany, where employees of Lufthansa will continue to restore the airplane. Go to sunjournal.com to watch a video of the convoy leaving Auburn. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Bob Forman of Naples drove his 1957 Ford Thunderbird to the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport in Auburn on Tuesday to see the Lockheed L-1649A “Super Star”Constellation before it was hauled by trucks to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to become a cocktail lounge at the TWA hotel complex. Forman said his car was built one year before the airplane, and he wanted to get pictures of his car alongside the Constellation. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Truck driver Matt Beaty of Blairstown, Missouri, uses straps to secure four Lockheed L-1649A “Super Star” Constellation engines to his trailer at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport in Auburn on Tuesday. Beaty said he has delivered goods to every state except Hawaii, and he specializes in hauling odd cargo, including on the “ice roads” in Alaska. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Priscilla Harrison of Cape Elizabeth takes a close look at the wings of the Lockheed L-1649A “Super Star” Constellation at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport in Auburn on Tuesday. The wings will leave the airport for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on a yet to be determined day. The wings will be separated before being transported to the TWA hotel complex in New York. Harrison worked as a flight attendant with TWA for 32 years and came to the airport to watch the airplane leave Auburn.  (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Barney Stotz of Skipper’s Shipper sprays a clear coat over the sign that says “Queens or bust!” on the back of the 150-foot fuselage at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport in Auburn on Tuesday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

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