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Aircraft - Propeller - Lockheed - L-188 Electra

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Aircraft - Propeller - Lockheed - L-188 Electra
Name Aircraft, Propeller, Lockheed L-188 Electra
Region North America
Category Aircraft
Type Propeller
SubType Lockheed
Variety L-188 Electra
Manufacturer Lockheed (Details)
Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Source of Text Wikipedia
Text Credit URL Link
Year(s) of Production 1957 - 1961



History: The Lockheed L-188 Electra is an American turboprop airliner built by Lockheed. First flown in 1957, it was the first large turboprop airliner built in the United States. Initial sales were good, but after two fatal crashes that led to expensive modifications to fix a design defect, no more were ordered. With its unique high power-to-weight ratio, huge propellers and very short wings (resulting in the majority of the wingspan being enveloped in propwash), large Fowler flaps which significantly increased effective wing area when extended, and four-engined design, the airplane had airfield performance capabilities unmatched by many jet transport aircraft even today—particularly on short runways and high field elevations. Jet airliners soon supplanted turboprops for many purposes, and many Electras were modified as freighters. Some Electras are still being used in various roles into the 21st century. The airframe was also used as the basis for the much more successful Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

Railroad/Company:
The Lockheed Corporation was an American aerospace company. Lockheed was founded in 1926 and later merged with Martin Marietta to form Lockheed Martin in 1995. The founder, Allan Lockheed, had earlier founded the similarly named but otherwise unrelated Loughead Aircraft Manufacturing Company, which was operational from 1912 through 1920.


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Item created by: gdm on 2019-05-20 08:58:01

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