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How a rusting Qantas 'Super Connie' was saved from an airport in the Philippines

The Lockheed Super Constellation is a beautiful aircraft – a classic US model from the 1950s that's all smooth curves and powerful propellers leading out to an elegant triple tail fin.

So it's little wonder that, even when one particular "Super Connie" was left to rot in a muddy field in Southeast Asia for 25 years, that wasn't the end of the story.

Exposed to the tropical sun and rain in a corner of Manila International Airport, where its previous owners abandoned it after getting embroiled in a protracted legal battle, this sleek, beautiful, plane was likely destined for the scrapheap.

That's when a bunch of Australian enthusiasts stepped in. To see pictures and read the entire article go to