Classic Aviation Photography

20th Century Airlines

Twentieth Century Air Lines was one of the four airlines under the name of North American Airlines, consisting out of Trans National Airlines, Trans American Airways, and Hemisphere Air Transport. 3 L-1049Es and 3 L-1049Gs were leased for the MATS transpacific charter flights until 1962.

With two more L049s arriving in 1947 a fourth weekly service to Europe was started, with the network extended to Istanbul (via Rome) and Frankfurt (via Paris). The Bandeirante (=Pioneer) fleet of Connies stood at 6 aircraft in 1951. Further services within South America were inaugurated with the increase of the fleet to 8 aircraft by February 1954.

Version c/n Registration Period
1049G 4545 N9716C 1959 - 1960
  4546 N9717C 1959 - 1960
  4549 N9718C 1960 - 1960
  4607 N9721C 1960 - 1960
  4574 N9719C 1960 - 1960
  4680 N9723C 1960 - 1960
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20th Century Airlines Constellations