QANTAS Airlines
Lockheed  L-188C Electra, VH-ECB "Pacific Explorer"
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
Free-spinning propellers.
Rolling wheels.
Landing gear can be removed or added.
Model comes with a display stand.
A brief history of the aircraft type and the airline is supplied with each model.
In 1954 American Airlines was in the market for a 75 to 100 passenger aircraft for its short
to medium range domestic routes. In response Lockheed developed the low wing L-188
Electra powered by four sleek turboprops instead of the usual large radial engines or jet
turbines. The combination of engine and the Hamilton Standard propeller offered a much
more reliable and fuel efficient aircraft that could travel at 375 mph for 2000 miles at an
altitude of 20,000 – 25,000 feet. When production ended in 1961 there had been 170
Electras completed.

QANTAS received the first of their four Lockheed Electra L-188C on October 30, 1959
with the inaugural flight on December 18, 1959. The QANTAS Electras had a place for a
navigator added as well as a provision for an extra 1,000 gallon fuel capacity. The initial
route allowed 84 passengers to fly comfortably from Sydney to Hong Kong. These
aircraft flew commercial service with QANTAS until the mid-1970s when some were sold
to Varig Airlines in Brazil. Varig operated them until 1992 when they were sold to Zaire.

Engines – (4) Allison 501-D13 @ 3,750 hp at take-off
Fuel Capacity – 6,940 gallons
Maximum Speed – 448 mph
Cruise Speed – 373 mph
Maximum Altitude - 28,400 ft
Range – 3,500 miles

Maximum Take-off – 116,000 lbs

Length – 104 ft 6 ins.
Wingspan – 99 ft