Putting together the pieces of the puzzle
A number of important milestones were reached in 2014
While maintenance work on the Super Star progressed well again in 2014, the project team as focusing in parallel on preparations for future flight operations as well as the design of the Lockheed L-1649A cabin and the flight deck. Directly adjacent to the maintenance hangar at Auburn-Lewiston Airport, the sister aircraft of the Super Star, which will soon join the DLBS (Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung) airworthy fleet, is now the location for two cabin mock-up sections.
The cabin experts from the Super Star team in Hamburg placed great emphasis on the use of original components, which will be removed following the mock-up phase and installed permanently in the airborne sister aircraft. The Super Star cabin team spent the last few months designing passenger seats with a retro look styled specially for the Super Star.
When the Super Star finally takes off, four pilots and three flight engineers will have the licenses needed to fly the Lockheed L-1649A. A further three pilots and two flight engineers have been licensed as trainers and examiners since 2009. Soft landings are guaranteed in the future not only thanks to the know-how of the cockpit crew, but also the fully reconditioned Super Star landing gear. This major overhaul is now complete and the landing gear restored to a "better than new" state.