LOCKHEED VEGA Model 5B NC536M
A SHORT LIFE ENDED BY FIRE
This airplane is a Lockheed Vega Model 5B (S/N 105; ATC
#227) manufactured during October 1929 by Lockheed Aircraft
CA. It left the factory with
a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine (S/N 2007) of unspecified
HP. It was a seven-place airplane.
Lockheed Vega NC536M, Burbank, CA, Circa October 1929
Note the tail dolly (the two spoked wheels at left) used to maneuver these big Vegas, which had tail skids, on the ground. The airplane behind NC536M has "STANAVO" written on the fuselage. The registration number of that airplane is not visible, but it is probably NC106N (not a Register airplane). Stanavo had a few Vegas in its stable, two of which, NC7440 and NC105N landed at Tucson.
NC536M sold on October 31, 1929 to Asa Candler, Jr., Atlanta,
GA (see also NC49M for interesting information about owner
Candler). According to the Davis-Monthan Register,
NC536M landed at Tucson on 11/21/1929 flown by Herbert J. “Hub” Fahey. Fahey
was a Lockheed factory test pilot. He carried a single
passenger, his wife Claire Fahey, who was herself a pilot
and air racer. They were southeastbound from Burbank,
CA to Atlanta, GA. This could very well be the ferry
flight of this brand new airplane to its owner.
Alas, the airplane lived only another four months. It
was destroyed in a hangar fire at the Municipal airport,
Atlanta, on March 4, 1930.
UPLOADED: 06/06/06 REVISED: 07/30/08