Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
As with many of the Hughes aircraft, it was ahead of its time.
My dad worked for Pan Am and we flew plenty of Connies back in the early 50's. Flying then was actually fun. Adult male passengers wore suits with ties and adult women ankle length dresses, hats and white gloves.
A far classier time and place.
My Dad worked for Eastern Airlines after WW2 for a couple years before being called back into service 'at the pleasure of the President' to help man SAC. I still have a set of silk-screened tumblers commemorating the inaugural flight of the Conny for Eastern. They were given to my Dad as a Christmas gift by the then-President of Eastern Airlines, Eddie Rickenbacher.Greeting from sunny Pine Grove.