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


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This airplane is a Lockheed Vega Model 1 (S/N 16; ATC #49) manufactured September 29, 1928 by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, CA.  It left the factory with a Wright Whirlwind J-5 engine (S/N 9189) of 220 HP.  It was a five-place airplane weighing 2,900 pounds.

It sold on December 14, 1928 to Continental Air Express, Inc., Los Angeles, CA.  It was sold through Lockheed distributor Harry Sperl Aero Corporation, Los Angeles (image, below, from R.S. Allen page 114). The airplane was flying on the Los Angeles – Taft – Bakersfield – San Francisco – Coalinga – Fresno routes of Continental Air Express in April and May 1929. The only thing faster than the airplane was the speed at which Continental went bankrupt.

NC7428 ca. 1928-29

NC7428, above, in Continental livery, was repossessed on December 3, 1930 by Pacific Finance Corporation, Los Angeles, CA.  They repossessed another Register airplane that same day, our NC8015.  Pacific Finance sold 7428 to Margaret Bromley (Mrs. Harold A. Bromley) on February 25, 1931.  It sold three more times over the next three years until if came to rest with Braniff Airways, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK on January 18, 1934.  It was converted to an air liner, with a speed ring half-cowl.

Eighteen months later, on July 3, 1935, NC7428 was sold to A. Paul Mantz, United air Services, Ltd., Burbank, CA.  Mantz’ organization was formed on July 3, 1935 with former Lockheed test pilot Marshall Headle involved in the organization, too.  Headle signed our Register three times flying Lockheed aircraft. The airplane now had Wright J-5 engine S/N B9189 installed.

We find NC7428 at Tucson on July 7, 1935 flown solo by Charles A. Rector (signed our Register twice).  Based in Los Angeles, CA, he was westbound from Dallas, TX to Los Angeles.  Rector was probably hired for this ferry flight to the west coast from its previous home in Oklahoma.

Alas, six-months later the airplane suffered an accident at Nogales, AZ on February 17, 1936 and was “washed out”.  No further information.


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