LOCKHEED VEGA Model 5 NC974H
This airplane is a Lockheed Vega Model 5 (S/N 94; ATC #93)
manufactured during August 1929 by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation,
CA. It left the factory with a Pratt & Whitney
Wasp B engine (S/N 1748) of 450 HP. It was a five-place
airplane. Below, a photograph of NC974H as it appeared soon after it was manufactured. It wears the livery of the 1929 National Women's Air Derby.
Lockheed Vega NC974H, August, 1929 (Source: Kalina)
It sold in late 1929 to Alaska-Washington Airways, Inc.,
Seattle, WA. It was named “Sitka” by the
airline. See this link for
its service at A-WA.
During its ownership by A-WA, we find NC974H landing at
Tucson twice. Its pilots and itineraries just don’t
seem to fit with the airline’s purpose. The first
landing was August 20, 1929, just after its manufacture. It
was flown by a pilot signing the Register only as Copeland. He
carried a “party” southbound from Phoenix,
AZ to Douglas, AZ.
A couple of weeks later, on September 5, 1929, we find it
again at Tucson piloted solo by Wiley
Post. He was
flying westbound from El Paso, TX to Burbank, CA. He
noted in the Remarks column of the Register, "Perfect
weather...bad weather report." What pilot hasn't seen
the same, and, less fortunately, vice versa?
There is record on July 31, 1931 of an application for Canadian
registration CF-ARN, made by Coastal Airways of British Columbia,
Vancouver, B.C. The registration was not granted.
According to the NASM record, the airplane was flown on
Edo floats. It was sold on March 22, 1934 to Nick Bez
of Seattle, WA. Bez transferred it on April 23, 1934
to Alaska Southern Airways, Inc. Seattle, WA, of which Bez
was an owner. It was named “Baranof” under
NC974H suffered an accident at Pinta Bay, Chicahagof Island,
AK on October 10, 1934. There was one fatality and
three injuries. No record of the fate of the airplane.
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