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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.


Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.


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 2 (S/N 57; ATC #140) manufactured during early 1929 by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, CA.  It left the factory with a Wright Whirlwind J-6 engine (S/N 10186) of 300 HP.  It was a five-place airplane.

It sold on April 17, 1929 to Schlee-Brock Aircraft Corporation, Detroit, MI.  It was flown on Schlee-Brock’s Arrowhead International Airways out of Duluth, MN during 1929 and 1930.

We see NC574E landing at Tucson on April 17, 1929 flown by George C. Sherwood.  He carried one passenger, Rusty Coe.  They were eastbound from Los Angeles, CA to Detroit, MI.  This couldn’t be a more clear example of a ferry flight of this brand new airplane from the Lockheed plant to its new owners in Detroit.

In 1930, Schlee-Brock sold the airplane to C.J. Conner and A.C. Chesher, Hobbs, NM.  Chesher was President of Eastern New Mexico Development Co., Inc.; Conner was an orthopedic surgeon.  Soon after their purchase, the airplane suffered an Accident at Littlefield, TX on March 1, 1930.  There is no record of the damage or injuries.  The airplane was repaired.  It suffered another accident at Seminole, TX on December 10, 1930.  No details of this accident are present in the NASM record.

In 1934 the CAA made an inquiry as to the ownership of NC574E.  It was reported that parts of this airplane were stored in a hangar at Santa Barbara, CA.  No further record.


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