In the age of jet aircraft, the best assumption is that if there is fire blasting out of the engine, that you need to get the hell off of and away from that plane ASAP. There are situations where a jet engine will shoot fire, of course: the first start of a new engine that still has some penetrating oil inside will produce a lick of flame out of the back that will raise the hairs on even the most jaded traveler. But this is now…what about back in the 1950s, when air travel was still more of a novelty than anything else? Jet aircraft only started to appear on the horizon and didn’t really take off until the early 1960s, thanks to issues with the De Havilland Comet’s structural integrity. Instead, four-engined propellor-driven aircraft were more of the norm, as were smaller aircraft that seated fewer people. One of the more popular aircraft during this time period was the Lockheed Constellation, especially in it’s “Super G” model trim. Sleek, trim and packing seventy-two cylinders total from it’s four Wright R-3350 turbo-compound radial engines, this was about as good as it got. Imagine leaving your 1950 Chevrolet in the parking lot and walking out on the tarmac to this beauty waiting on you. Now imagine your reaction the first time you hear those engines awaken with a roar and you see the full fury of piston-driven power come pouring out of the exhaust like that. It’s a bit disconcerting, isn’t it? No, friends, that’s the sign of progress. Worry when there is no fire coming out on this beauty!