The Planes: 1929 Lockheed Vega
Length: 27' 6";
Weight (empty): 2,700 lbs.
Construction Materials: Plywood fuselage, wood and plywood
Builder: Lockheed Aircraft Corporation,
Los Angeles, California
Number Built: 128
Engine Type: Pratt & Whitney Wasp,
9-cylinder, 300-horsepower, radial, air-cooled internal
Engine Builder: Pratt & Whitney Aircraft
Corporation, Hartford, Connecticut
Configuration: 1-pilot/4-passenger tractor
Maximum Speed: 160 m.p.h.
Mapping and Movies
This particular Vega was not used by Amelia Earhart, although it is the same
type she favored. This plane was used on a mapping expedition to Greenland,
then later for motion picture work. The Museum acquired it in 1968.