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Lockheed C-60 Lodestar

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The Lockheed 18 Lodestar was basically a lengthened Lockheed 14 Super Electra and first flew in 1939.  Sales in the U.S. were disappointing as most carriers were committed to purchasing the Douglas DC-3; however, import sales were stronger.  Lodestars were sold to Brazil, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.

The need for aircraft during World War II lead the U.S. Army Air Force to impress civil Lodestars using several designations and order an additional 324 directly from Lockheed.

The Lockheed 18 Lodestar also was the basis for the U.S. Navy Ventura and Harpoon.

Specifications (C-60A)





Type: Transport
Engine: two 1,200 hp (895 kW) Wright R-1820-87 radial piston engines
18: Lockheed model number
R5O: U.S. Navy/Marines designation
C-56: Impressed Lodestars
C-57: Impressed Lodestars
C-59: Impressed Lodestars
C-60: Main variant
C-66: single aircraft equipped as VIP transport for President of Brazil

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