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This information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.

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The definitive reference for early Lockheed aircraft is:

Allen, Richard S. 1988. Revolution in the Sky: The Lockheeds of Aviation's Golden Age. Orion Books, NY. 253 pp.

 
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LOCKHEED VEGA Model 5B NC536M

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 Corporation, Burbank, 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
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.

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UPLOADED: 06/06/06 REVISED: 07/30/08

 
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