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This information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


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The definitive reference for early Lockheed aircraft is:

Allen, Richard S. 1988. Revolution in the Sky: The Lockheeds of Aviation's Golden Age. Orion Books, NY. 253 pp.


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This airplane is a Lockheed Vega Model 5B (S/N 123; ATC #227) manufactured during April, 1930 by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, CA.  It left the factory with a Pratt & Whitney Wasp C engine (S/N 2898) of 450 HP.  It was a seven-place airplane named “The Cherokee”.

NC106W was sold sometime during 1930 to Julian Oil & Royalties Co., Oklahoma City, OK.  It landed twice at Tucson, on June 24, 1930 and on February 4, 1931.  Both times during its ownership by Julian Oil, and both times it was flown by Luther E. Gray, corporate pilot for Julian Oil, carrying a single passenger.  The first landing, from Los Angeles, CA to Oklahoma City, OK, might have been during the course of the ferry flight from the factory to the new owner.  The second visit had the airplane enroute from Yuma, AZ to Oklahoma City.

Julian Oil sold the airplane to M.W. Newton of Oklahoma City during 1931.  Newton sold it to Braniff Airways Inc., Oklahoma City, on September 28, 1931.  It began service on Braniff routes and we find it on October 15, 1931 in the logbook of Register pilot R.W. Henderson in that role.  Please direct your browser to Henderson's page and examine his Logbook #1, PDF page 23.

According to the NASM record, NC106W suffered an accident near Columbia, MO on December 8, 1934.  The pilot, Lewis Bowen was killed.  The official accident report follows, courtesy of site visitor Colin Howell.

Accident Report, NC106W, April 15, 1935 (Source: Web)
Accident Report, NC106W, April 15, 1935 (Source: Web)

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