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Heroes of the Sky




Record Breakers

The Planes: 1929 Lockheed Vega

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Length: 27' 6";
Wingspan: 41';
Weight (empty): 2,700 lbs.

Construction Materials: Plywood fuselage, wood and plywood wing
Builder: Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Los Angeles, California
Cost: $14,000
Number Built: 128
Engine Type: Pratt & Whitney Wasp, 9-cylinder, 300-horsepower, radial, air-cooled internal combustion engine
Engine Builder: Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Corporation, Hartford, Connecticut
Configuration: 1-pilot/4-passenger tractor monoplane
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.






the planes   make a paper airplane  
Teachers, get lesson plans and see the curriculum ties to the Heroes of the Sky.
See the planes on exhibit, check out the specifications and get a sneak peak in a few cockpits. Try one of these high- flying designs at home!


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