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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 5 (S/N 53; ATC# 93) manufactured early in 1929 by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, 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)
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, between 1931 and 1933

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 Angeles to Tulsa.

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.


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