LOCKHEED VEGA Model 5 NC434E
RELIABLE TRANSPORT IN U.S. AND MEXICO
This airplane is a Lockheed Vega Model 5 (S/N 50; ATC #93)
manufactured February, 1929 by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation,
CA. It left the factory with a Pratt & Whitney
Wasp engine (S/N 2098) of 450 HP. It was a six-place
airplane. Below, courtesy of site visitor Ben Cass, is a photograph of the airplane. He says about his photo that it is, "... an official Braniff photo with Credit Braniff International, Exchange Park, Dallas, Texas on the back of the photo." The stacked lettering on the vertical stabilizer says, "Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Tulsa, Oklahoma City."
Lockheed NC434E in Braniff Livery, Ca. 1929 or 1931 (Source: Cass)
It sold during 1929 to Nevada Airlines, Inc., Los
Angeles, CA. It was flown on Nevada Airlines routes in California
and Nevada. During its time with the Airlines, NC434E
landed twice at Tucson, on October 22nd and October 28, 1929. Both
times it was flown by George C. Sherwood carrying three unidentified
Based in Los Angeles both flights, on October 22nd, they
were southeast bound from Los Angeles, CA to Durango, Mexico. On
the 28th they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles. This
looks like a week-long charter flight to Mexico. Compare
this flight itinerary with that for NC195E.
As the Great Depression deepened, NC434E was repossessed
by Lockheed and sold in February 1931 to Braniff Airways,
Inc., Oklahoma City, OK. It was flown for six years
in support of Braniff’s routes in the mid-west. The photograph above is from this period, since the Braniff flight routes are painted on the vertical stabilizer. Below is another photograph of NC434E in Braniff livery. This image is courtesy of Tim Kalina.
Lockheed NC434E in Braniff Livery, Ca. 1929 or 1931 (Source: Kalina)
In November 1937, NC434E was sold to Gordon S. Barry of
El Paso, TX. Barry owned Lineas Aereas Mineral, S.A.
(LAMSA), Mazatlan, Mexico. The airplane was flown from
1937 to 1945 over LAMSA routes in Mexico. Mexican registration
XA-BFT was assigned on February 24, 1938 and a “total
overhaul” was completed by October 14, 1940.
While flying the Torreon-Laredo route, XA-BFT suffered a
landing accident at Monclova, Mexico (date not given in the
NASM record). There were no injuries. The airplane was
returned to the Torreon shops of LAMSA but not repaired. Its
parts were used for other Vegas of the LAMSA line. Final
disposition: dismantled. Registration record cancelled in 1949.
UPLOADED: 04/15/06 REVISED: 02/20/09, 10/13/11, 05/23/13, 01/06/16