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‘Air France Constellation over Manhattan’ by Lucio Perinotto

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Lucio Perinotto (1947-date)

A large original oil on canvas, painted in 2010. The canvas is edged with a plain black stained frame and is unglazed.

Overall size: 38 x 51 inches (97 x 130 cm)

This large original oil on canvas by Lucio Perinotto shows Air France’s Lockheed Constellation callsign F-BAZC in flight over Manhattan. Operational in the fleet from June 1946, this was one of four Constellations purchased by Air France for the Paris to New York route. Unfortunately, the short range of the aircraft imposed at least two refueling stops for the long crossing.

On one day in 1946, following a stop at the Azores and Bermuda, F-BAZC was heading to Paris via Casablanca
when a fire broke out in engine 4. This resulted in a propeller separation which also blew out engine 3. Due to great skill and technical ability on the part of the pilot and crew, after flying on only two engines for over two and a half hours (only a few knots above the stall speed and at some points just a few feet above the sea), the plane was dramatically landed safely in Casablanca, with – amazingly – no casualties.

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