Lockheed L-188 Electra
Western Airlines "N9744C"
|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
Western Airlines began operations on July 13, 1925 as Western Air Express flying a
portion of the U.S. Mail routes. They also started to carry a few passengers and this
became so successful that WAE began the first scheduled and sustained passenger
service in the U.S.. On March 11, 1941 WAE was renamed Western Airlines. In 1986
Western began merger talks with Delta Airlines and on April 1 1987 Western Airlines
ceased to exist. Electra N9744C c/n 1140 joined Western in 1961, was later converted
from an L-188A variant to an L-188PF and in 1970 it was sold to Reeve Aleutian Airways.
Specifications Lockheed L-188 variants A & C
Cockpit Crew – 3
Engines – (4) Allison 501-D13 @ 3,750 hp @ take-off
Propellers – 13.5 ft (4.15 m) diameter propellers – made by either Aeroproducts or
Variant A - 5,520 gallons (20,900 l)
Variant C - 6,940 gallons (26,270 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)
Variant A - 2,200 miles (3,540.6 km)
Variant C - 2,500 miles (4,023 km)
Variant A - 59,338 lb (26,920 kg)
Variant C – 61,500 lb (27,895 kg)
Variant A - 113,000 lbs (51,256 kg)
Variant C - 116,000 lbs (52,620 kg)
Length – 104 ft 6 ins (31.85 m)
Wingspan – 99 ft (30.18 m)
Production – 170 Electras built 55 were C variants.
|1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
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.
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