Vintage plane, soon to become bar, tours Times Square

NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage plane that went from flying passengers in the 1950s to running drugs in the 1970s has visited Times Square before its next transformation into a cocktail lounge at the former TWA terminal at New York’s Kennedy Airport.

The fuselage of the 1958 Lockheed Constellation is spending the weekend in Times Square as part of a documentary about the redevelopment of Eero Saarinen’s landmark TWA Flight Center into a hotel.

The plane arrived in New York in November from Maine, where it was being restored.

“Connie” flew for TWA for three years and was later used as an Alaskan bush plane and a marijuana dropper.

It will become a cocktail lounge at the new TWA Hotel, opening in May.

Hotel developers MCR Development bought the plane last year.

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