Lockheed R5O-5 Lodestar

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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