High-Tech maintenance for the Super Star of tomorrow

LSSG has appointed Lufthansa Technik with the restoration of this vintage propliner to the highest levels in terms of safety, reliability and comfort. This immense task can only be accomplished by the best in the industry. Therefore it was only a natural choice that Lufthansa Technik, a subsidiary within the Lufthansa Group and the world‘s leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services has been asked to complete this demanding task.

Not a single bolt has been left untouched

Since the roll-in of the Lufthansa Super Star into the purpose-built restoration hangar in 2008, the Lockheed L-1649A is undergoing a major overhaul and refurbishment in the U.S. State of Maine. Not a single bolt, not a single rivet or metal sheet is left untouched. Each and every square inch has been inspected with the most sophisticated methods. As we leave nothing to chance, about 95 percent of the fuselage structure and approximately 85 percent of the wings have been replaced by new, state of the art material. Additionally the LSSG and Lufthansa Technik teams incorporate the latest safety standards found in today ‘s commercial aircraft that were unheard of when the Super Star left the Lockheed final assembly line in 1957. One example is the digital “glass cockpit” featuring the latest generation of flight instruments and computer systems. 

These are just a few reasons why we can proudly claim that the Lockheed L-1649A will be better than new when it will be handed over to the hand-picked LSSG flying corps.

We fully trust the unique expertise of the Lufthansa Technik Group experts. They handle even the most delicate jobs to our full satisfaction while restoring the Lufthansa Super Star into pristine condition.

Sebastian Reichel
Managing Director, Lufthansa Super Star gGmbH


‘Star of the Tigris’ transforms into the Lufthansa Super Star

Former Lufthansa Super Stars ‘donated’ parts

The choice of LSSG for a flying Super Star fell on a L-1649A originally delivered to Trans World Airlines (TWA) in June 1957. This plane was in the best technical condition compared to the other two acquired Lockheed L-1649A by LSSG in 2007.  Consequently there was no doubt about choosing this plane for the demanding restoration task.

Named “Star of the Tigris” by TWA and registered N7316C when delivered new from Lockheed in Burbank, California, it kept the assigned registration during its whole operational life. Initially flying in a luxurious passenger configuration on the intercontinental TWA network, N7316C changed roles as early as 1960 and continued flying as a freighter. It kept the cargo features, including two large cargo doors on the main deck and a strengthened cabin floor until LSSG initiated the ongoing restoration process. 

Ever since N7316C regained its original design as a passenger carrying propliner. As an interesting side note, two other preserved L-1649A’s originally flown by Lufthansa in the 1950’s ‘donated’ many parts, including the passenger doors for the LSSG Lockheed. After an in depth restoration they form part of the new Super Star and keep the Lufthansa legacy flying – even in the new Lufthansa Super Star!