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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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This airplane is a Lockheed Vega Model 1 (S/N 10; ATC #49) manufactured August 19, 1928 by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, CA.  It left the factory with a Wright Whirlwind J-5A engine (S/N 8949) of 200 HP.  It was a five-place airplane weighing 2,900 pounds.

It sold on July 18, 1928 (pre-construction) to Air Associates, Inc., New York, NY.  It was used as a demonstrator, leaving Burbank, CA on July 20, 1928 (note how this date conflicts with the date of manufacture, above!).

However, its first arrival at Tucson on July 23, 1928 corroborates its departure from Burbank.  It was flown by Lt. W. Peck, accompanied by three passengers including his wife and son, and J.R. Brandt.  They were eastbound from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY.  This was probably a ferry flight to the new owner, Air Associates.

It was flown as a demonstrator on the east coast.  During this demonstrator period, NC6911 was reportedly flown by Charles A. Lindbergh, and used at some time by New York City mayor James J. Walker.

During its second arrival at Tucson, NC6911 was a competitor in the 1928 National Air Races.  Piloted by Bryan Shaw, NC6911 landed on September 11, 1928.  Shaw carried two passengers, Chris Moran and H. Huntington.  They were westbound from El Paso, TX to Yuma, AZ.  Moran was the official entrant, and Shaw was identified as the pilot in the Aircraft Year Book of 1929 (left sidebar).  Ultimately, they took 11th place in the Class B race. Please direct your browser to Shaw's link to see an image of this airplane.

The next sale of NC6911 was to Amelia Earhart on July 30, 1929.  This airplane was flown in 1929 women's air derby by Amelia.  According to the Aircraft Year Book for 1930, she took third-place in the derby, behind Louise Thaden in a Travel Air and Gladys O’Donnell in a Waco 10.  She won $875 for her effort.

On September 25, 1929 Earhart sold the airplane to Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.  According to the NASM record, “Miss Earhart turned in this plane for the one she is now flying, NC31E.”   Interestingly, NC31E, in red and cream paint scheme, landed twice at the Davis-Monthan Airfield flown by Wiley Post.  My how the lives of our pilots and airplanes interweave with each other!

Lockheed made short work of NC6911.  It was scrapped and dismantled in late 1929.


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