|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
Northwest began flying passengers in 1927. During WWII the airline flew military
personnel and material to Alaska and for a visual aid in harsh weather they began
painting the tails of their aircraft bright red.
Northwest Airlines took delivery of their first red tailed L-188 Electra on June 1st, 1959.
The original paint scheme had an emblem of an Imperial Eagle on the tail. This was to
symbolize the Imperial Service the passengers would receive when they flew Northwest
Airlines new all-jet fleet. After serving with several other airlines; this particular aircraft
was scrapped in September 2000.
Specifications Lockheed Electra L-188C
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
Lockheed L188C Electra N130US
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