LODESTAR
LODESTAR

Manufacturer

LOCKHEED

Designation:

R5O-5

Registration:

N15SA

Serial Number:

12481

LOCKHEED R5O-5 LODESTAR

The Model 18 is a slightly enlarged Model 14 Super Electra designed to compete with the Douglas DC-3. While the Lodestar was relatively successful in airline service it never quite met the expectation placed on it. In part this was due to the U.S. military impressing a large number of the aircraft into military service with the outbreak of World War II. The R5O-5 were civil aircraft impressed by the U.S. Navy and used as 14-seat transports. After the war most of these aircraft found their way back to civilian hands.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 65 ft 6 in
  • Length: 49 ft 10 in
  • Height: 11 ft 10 in
  • Weight: 17,500 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 218 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 20,400 ft
  • Range: 1,800 miles
  • Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-40 radial engines with 1,200 horsepower each
  • Crew: 2, 14 passengers