Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sad Story

The Lockheed Vega was quite an airplane. They looked pretty standard for airplanes of the 1930's but that was decieving. They out performed everything around during their day. Wiley Post set altitude and performance records in this airplane and eventually he and Will Rogers died in a Vega at Point Barrow Alaska.

The sad part. The airplane was such a great performer that they were bought up and lost during the Spanish Civil War. The last Vega was being flown by General Electric testing radar sites (The Vega being all wood had a very low radar profile.) The airplane. sold to a privite party for restoration, ground looped, crashed and burned in Florida during delivery. The last Vega.

Out of the long list of airplanes I have flown I never had the pleasure of flying this one.

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