Breitling to end its support to the Super Constellation Flyers Association

C-121C Super Constellation HB-RSC. (Photo Aldo Bidini (GNU FDL))

There is an end to even the best things. The 14-year-old partnership between the Super Constellation Flyers Association which flies the C-121C Super Constellation HB-RSC and the Swiss watchmaker Breitling is reportedly coming to an end.

Breitling, whose name is strongly associated to aviation, has been a generous donator to many classic aviation projects for years. Breitling was acquired by the British equity firm CVC Capital Partners earlier this year, and seems to be reducing its support for such projects.

Nevertheless, it was Breitling long-standing support that made it possible for the 3,500 members of the association to acquire, restore and fly the Super Constellation, one of only two airworthy examples in the world.

The association is now looking for new sponsors and ways to continue its operations, and the aircraft should keep flying and offering paid rides in the near future. We hope they will succeed in finding new sponsors and keep this extraordinary aircraft flying.

Source: Tribune de Genève


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    • Fred on September 30, 2017 at 12:06 AM
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    One of only two flying in the world? There is one flying in Australia plus the Brieitling machine but I understood that there was several flying in the USA.

    1. I believe the figure is correct but I could be wrong. Columbine II flew again last year in the US but that was only for a ferry flight and it’s now undergoing further restoration. Other airframes are being restored to airworthiness but haven’t flown yet.

    • Donald Dentremont on November 8, 2018 at 4:14 AM
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    I think this airplane is worth keeping around for years to come, it is a great part of our aviation history that should be preserved, how else besides youtube videos is our youngsters going to see what our history is like, just think when the youngsters get a real touch of an old icon, they too might become supporters of this great magnificent air plane.

    • STEVEN CORNISH on January 8, 2020 at 1:49 AM
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    I would love to go for a flight in this extraordinary plane. How and where could I do this I wonder. I hope they keep it flying maybe we watch owners should put pressure on Breitling.

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