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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.


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 5 (S/N 78; ATC #93) manufactured during May 1929 by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, CA.  It left the factory with a Pratt & Whitney Wasp B engine (S/N 1554) of 425 HP.  It was a five-place airplane.

It sold on June 13, 1929 to United States Air Transport, Inc., Washington, DC.  NC9424 arrived at Tucson on June 15, 1929 flown by G.W. Bransom.  He carried one passenger: Clive Brown.  Based at Newark, NJ, they were eastbound from Los Angeles, CA to El Paso, TX in this brand-new airplane.

On July 5, 1929 the airplane sold to Washington-New York Air Line, Washington, DC.  They had it converted to a six-place airplane under ATC #169 and sold it to Washington Flying Service, Washington, DC on November 22, 1929. 

The NASM record gives no hint as to its service between November 1929 and when it sold on May 15, 1930 to Pan American-Grace Airways, Inc. (Panagra), New York, NY.  It was exported as of July 1, 1930 and flown under U.S. registration in South America, principally Chile.  It was inspected periodically by CAA examiners at Santiago.

Lockheed Vega NC9424, December 1932 (Source: Kalina)
Lockheed Vega NC9424, ca. 1930

Photographs, above and below, shared with us by friend of, Tim Kalina. It shows NC9424, at left, in Pan American-Grace Airways livery at rest outside a hangar with a trimotor lurking within. In the original picture, that rectangular form on the ground just to the right of center appears to be an underground fuel bowser. Pencilled on the back of the image is "Morón 12/1932" (Aeródromo de Morón, Argentina). Below is another image of NC9424 in Panagra livery, probably taken in Chile. Note the landing lights on the wings in the photo below. The lights appear to be missing in the photo above.

Lockheed Vega NC9424, Ca. 1930s ( Source: Kalina)
Lockheed Vega NC9424, Ca. 1930s (Source: Web)

An aerial view of the Panagra facility at Aeródromo de Morón is at the link. There is a Douglas DC-? on the ground near the center of the aerial view, and the square ramp in front of the third building from the bottom of the shot is the Panagra hangar pictured above. Upon magnification there appears to be an aircraft on the ramp in about the same position as NC9424 in the photo above. Another image of the airplane may be seen here. A wonderful collection of Panagra aircraft and locations in South America is at the link. There you will see other images of the Morón facility, and other Panagra aircraft.

NC9424 suffered an accident at La Palmos Airport, Lima, Peru on May 8, 1935.  Its license was cancelled in CAA files as “washed out”.  No further information.


UPLOADED: 06/01/06 REVISED: 02/05/08, 03/13/16

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