LOCKHEED VEGA Model 5 NC194E
This airplane is a Lockheed Vega Model 5 (S/N 25; ATC #93)
manufactured in December 1928 by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation,
CA. It left the factory with a Pratt & Whitney
Wasp CB engine (S/N 971) of unspecified HP. It was
a five-place airplane. Below, from the link, is an undated photograph of Lockheed Model 5 NC194E.
Lockheed Model 5 Vega NC194E (Source: Link via Kalina)
It sold on March 1, 1929 to the Schlee-Brock Aircraft Corporation,
Detroit, MI. It was equipped with Edo floats and flown
on the routes of Arrowhead International Airlines, a Schlee-Brock
subsidiary operating for a short time out of Duluth, MN.
We find NC194E at Tucson on May 6, 1929 flown by Herbert
J. "Hub" Fahy. He was carrying four passengers,
his wife Claire Fahy, W.C. Collins and Mr. & Mrs. Ben S.
Hunter. They were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles,
CA. There was no purpose associated with the trip noted
in the Register, although pilot Fahy did note in the Remarks
column "Tailwind" (unusual for that direction of flight).
We next see NC194E landing at Tucson on February 5, 1930
flown by Don Walker carrying passenger George Sherwood. Based
in Detroit, they are eastbound from Los Angeles, CA to El
Paso, TX. This may be a ferry flight for Schlee-Brock,
because NC194E was sold on February 11, 1930 to G.W. Mennis
of the Texas Worth Tool Company, Fort Worth, TX. Walker
and Sherwood could very well have flown to California, then
dropped the airplane off in Fort Worth on the way back east. Or, if you direct your browser to Walker's biography, his flight might have been in support of The National Glider Association, for which he was manager.
Alas, we lose this airplane a couple of months later on April 27, 1930. It
suffered an accident at Alvord, TX. Pilot James H.
Kelly (one-time endurance flight record holder) along with Mennis and another passenger were
passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was demolished
and only the engine was salvaged.
UPLOADED: 04/11/06 REVISED: 07/18/06, 01/04/12, 11/20/16