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Re: Vintage Vega Images

Posted: 24 Jun 2018, 02:44
by Jarek
Really nice set of vintage Vega images from Alaska. You could find a lot of special equipment there: skis, floats, special winter covers, adjustable engine cowling for cold weather operations, even special fur covers for the wings :)

http://vilda.alaska.edu/cdm/search/sear ... der/nosort

Re: Vintage Vega Images

Posted: 24 Jun 2018, 03:19
by Jarek
Another set of pictures from digital library. On page 5, high resolution photos of Winnie Mae from 1940 - all details available for the Vega wheel struts, wheel pants with all inspection covers for tire inflation and bolts. Also zoom on intercoolers.

https://dp.la/search?q=lockheed%20vega&page=1

Re: Vintage Vega Images

Posted: 24 Jun 2018, 10:48
by Vitus
Jarek wrote:
24 Jun 2018, 01:15
Some pictures of nicely preserved 1929 Vega 5B at The Henry Ford Museum. Used by explorer Donald MacMillan.

https://www.thehenryford.org/collection ... ct/240984/
There's an amazing photograph of the cockpit in the gallery you linked. One of the best I've seen and from what I can tell, this is an ordinary Vega, without any major modifications. What you see is the same throttle quadrant you see in our current built. ;)

Re: Vintage Vega Images

Posted: 24 Jun 2018, 18:28
by Tailspin45
Hmmm. I don't see the curious B forward-and-back knob in the middle. But it does show 4 knobs and the aircraft clearly has a ground adjustable prop. So that bottom must be the mysterious B, just like the current version, as you say. Very strange.

Oh wait, I know Addision Pemberton and his kids that restored the Boeing mail plane. I have a feeling they'll help us.

Stand-by...

Re: Vintage Vega Images

Posted: 24 Jun 2018, 21:52
by Jarek
No luck for me with Swiss museum of transport :(
Their Orion 9c has 3-lever setup and Wright's engine. Something which looked as 4-lever at some angle turned to be 3 lever quadrant (spark, throttle, mixture) + lever for wobble pump which is on the left-hand side on this plane.

Re: Vintage Vega Images

Posted: 25 Jun 2018, 17:56
by Tailspin45
NC7952 is a Lockheed Vega 5 (S/N 22; ATC #93) manufactured December 4, 1928 by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, CA. It left the factory with a Wasp CB engine (S/N 941) of 420-450HP. It was a 5-place airplane weighing 4,033 pounds gross. It was used by the manufacturer as a demonstrator in the east coast states for over a year, then it was purchased by Amelia Earhart on March 17, 1930.

She set two records and had a couple of accidents including one on August 25, 1930, at Langley Field, VA, when she "...fell backward through combination backrest/door in landing and aircraft went over on its back. Aircraft sent to Detroit plant of Detroit Aircraft Corporation. Wing, landing gear and tail surfaces repaired."

Those repairs included replacing the damaged fuselage with the one from Vega #68 and an upgrade to a 7-place Vega 5B under ATC 227. The ship was painted deep red, with gold trim. A new P&W engine (S/N 3812) was installed in 1932, and an "NR" registration was issued to Earhart. She then flew it from Harbor Grace, New Foundland to a bog in Ireland May 20-21, 1932.

Interesting note in the file: "Near accident 10/22/32 involving a Braniff Vega. Earhart was landing in crosswind and Braniff pilot got over her somehow."

The airplane was sold on June 27, 1933 to the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA for $7,500 (with obsolete Wasp engine S/N 888) and then transferred to National Air & Space Museum in 1966.

It's the oldest Lockheed airplane in existence.

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Re: Vintage Vega Images

Posted: 25 Jun 2018, 18:10
by Tailspin45
NC858E - VEGA 2 to VEGA 5B to VEGA 5C

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Details of this aircraft's history as an aerial photography ship at

https://dmairfield.com/airplanes/NC858E/index.html

Re: Vintage Vega Images

Posted: 25 Jun 2018, 21:45
by Jarek
Extreme details for some components. They come from Lockheed Sirius, but as it is the same manufacture time, they should also apply to Vega. Source: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, USA.

1. Dual-hand Pioneer clock with markings on the dial: Pioneer Instrument Company, Brooklyn New York, 543-92. This is somehow interesting how it was used.
https://www.si.edu/object/nasm_A2003007 ... frame=true

2. Wheel with Goodrich Silvertown 32x6 tire (also used on Vega, confirmed in NACA Aircraft Circullar No. 61, 1927.) with inflation valve.

https://www.si.edu/object/nasm_A1960001 ... frame=true
https://www.si.edu/object/nasm_A1960001 ... frame=true

3. Sirius/Vega wheel pants:
https://www.si.edu/object/nasm_A1960001 ... frame=true
https://www.si.edu/object/nasm_A1960001 ... frame=true

4. Hydro-static fuel gauge made for Lockheed by Pioneer, with nice copper-looking paint:
https://www.si.edu/object/nasm_A2003007 ... frame=true

Re: Vintage Vega Images

Posted: 26 Jun 2018, 01:14
by Tailspin45
Some images of Amelia's aircraft in Hawaii

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Re: Vintage Vega Images

Posted: 05 Jul 2018, 01:24
by Tailspin45
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