HL1006
American Air Lines
Lockheed  L-188A Electra, N6129A
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
The aircraft will have a polished metal finish.
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 Air Lines 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.


American Airlines specified the requirements for the new aircraft they wanted the
manufacturers to build. They want a domestic aircraft of short to medium range that
could accommodate 75 to 100 passengers. Four companies submitted their designs with
Lockheed winning the contract. American placed an order for 35 L-188s as well as
Eastern Airlines order for 40. Due to a pilot strike at American the first aircraft were
delivered to Eastern Airlines. The airline operated the L-188 from 1958 to 1970.

Specifications Lockheed Electra L-188A

Performance
Engines – (4) Allison 501-D13 @ 3,750 hp at take-off
Propellers – 13.5 ft   (4.15 m) diameter propellers – made by either Aeroproducts or
Hamilton Standard.
Fuel Capacity – 5,520 gallons   (28,895 l)
Maximum Speed – 448 mph   (720.1 km/h)
Cruise Speed – 373 mph   (600.29 km/h)
Maximum Altitude - 28,400 ft   (8,656.3 m)
Range – 2,200 miles   (3,540.6 km)

Weight
Basic Operating – 59,338 lb   (26,920 kg)
Maximum Take-off – 113,000 lbs   (51,256 kg)

Dimensions
Length – 104 ft 6 ins   (31.85 m)
Wingspan – 99 ft   (30.18 m)
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