Lockheed Vega

The stylish Lockheed Vega was a charismatic aircraft that scored high on both looks and performance. Designed by Jack Northrop for the Lockheed Aircraft Company, it was a fast, high-winged monoplane with room for six passengers.
The Vega owed its exceptionally clean lines to its smooth semi monococque plywood fuselage, built in two halves in a concrete mould, and its cantilever wing free of external bracing struts. The unbraced wing worried Lockheed’s owner who, according to Northrop, feared that “nobody would buy the airplane unless there was something that could be seen to hold the wing up”. However, the Vega proved a runaway success and 128
had been sold by the time production ceased in 1984.  As well as being used as a fast passenger-carrier by dozens of American and foreign airlines, Vegas were bought by wealth-flaunting oil tycoons and newspaper magnates. The aircraft won races and set records-American aviatrix Amelia Earhart flew one on a solo transatlantic flight in 1932 and solo across the Pacific from Hawaii to California three years later. The most famous Vega of all was probably the Winnie Mae, flown by one-eyed American pilot Wiley Post on a number of spectacular long-distance flights, incIuding the first solo
circumnavigation of the world in 1933.

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