Designation: 18

Lockheed Model 18

Lockheed Model 18 (R5O-5) Lodestar

A picture of the Lockheed Model 18 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 many of the aircraft into military service with the outbreak of World War II.  The R5O-5 was identical to the civil version of the aircraft and were used as 14-seat transports by the U. S. Navy.  After the war, most of these aircraft found their way back to civilian hands.

Wingspan 65 ft 6 in.

Wingspan

Length 49 ft 10 in.

Length

Height 11 ft 10 in.

Height

Weight 17,500 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 218 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 20,400 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 1,800 miles

Range

Engines Two Wright R-1820-40 radial engines with 1,200 horsepower each

Engines

Crew 2 with 14 passengers

Crew


Manufacturer
Lockheed

Markings
None, in storage awaiting restoration

Designation
Model 18

Registration
N9200H, ZS-DAX, SA-AAF, N15A

Serial Number
12481

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