This airplane is a Lockheed Vega 5 (S/N 53;
ATC# 93) manufactured early in 1929 by the Lockheed Aircraft
CA. I came from the factory with a Pratt & Whitney
Wasp engine (S/N 1186). It was a six-place airplane.
It was purchased on April 24, 1929 by Erle P. Halliburton
of Tulsa, OK, and transferred to his company's name, Southwest
Air Fast Express (SAFEway Airlines), Tulsa, OK on May 21,
1929. Over the next six years, it was transferred another
six times, all to airline companies. Below, courtesy of Tim Kalina, it appears in Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc. livery ca. 1930.
Lockheed Vega NC624E, Ca. 1930 (Source: Kalina)
Below (image from R.S.
Allen, left sidebar, page 130) is NC624E circa 3/31-10/33 when it was still owned
by Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc., New York, NY (TWA).
Another image is available here.
NC624E came through Tucson twice. The first time was on Tuesday, June 25, 1929. It was piloted by Tom D. Park carrying three unidentified passengers. Based at Tulsa, OK, they were westbound from Tulsa to Los Angeles, CA. The second time was on Monday, July 29, 1929, piloted by Bob
Cantwell. He was solo and eastbound from Los
I have no further information on this airplane, or its
flights throughTucson. It was destroyed in a hangar fire at Sioux City, IA on January
20, 1937. It also appeared twice in the Register of the Grand Central Air Terminal.
UPLOADED: 03/17/06 REVISED: 04/11/06, 04/19/06, 09/03/12, 11/11/16