The Orion has been described as arguably the most versatile tool in the RNZAF inventory. The process of the RNZAF obtaining the Orion commenced on 24 March 1964 when the New Zealand Minister of defence announced approval in principle for the purchase of five P-3A Orion aircraft to replace the
In 1937 the team of Hal Hibbard and Clarence “Kelly” Johnson commenced the design of a new twin-engine fighter for the USAAF powered by two 858 kw (1,150-hp) Allison V-1710-C engines fitted with the General Electric turbo-supercharger, featuring twin-booms, a tricycle undercarriage, and cannon armament.
Following the success of the PV-1 Ventura, the chief engineer of Lockheed Vega commenced work on development of a new variant to meet USN requirements, this model, the PV-2 Harpoon, having an increased wingspan, a re-designed tail, an increase in fuel capacity and an increase in all up weight.
One of the most notorious research aircraft, the Lockheed U-2 series has become known in the media over the years as a “spy” aircraft, one example flown by Frances Cary Powers having been shot down on such a mission over the Soviet Union.
The prototype of the Lockheed Vega, powered by a 168 kw (225-hp) Wright J-5 radial engine, was flown for the first time on 4 July 1927. A Vega was the first aircraft to fly over both the north and south pole.
In June 1940 The Vega Aircraft Division of the Lockheed Aircraft Corp at Burbank, California, was awarded a contract by the British Purchasing Commission to supply 875 examples of a new bomber derived from the Lockheed 18 airliner.
The LVG series of aircraft was designed by Franz Schneider, and developed by Luft-Verkehrs Gesellschaft Johannistal (LVG), this company producing a series of unarmed reconnaissance and bomber aircraft during World War I, aircraft in this series forming part of the equipment of the German air force units at the outbreak
In April 1944 the US Navy placed a contract for two prototypes of the Neptune long-range patrol bomber, designated SP2V-1. The prototype XP2V-1 (BuAer 48237) was rolled out at the company’s Burbank, California facility in May 1945, making its first flight on 17 May. The initial production model was
Developed as a successor to the Lockheed P2V Neptune maritime patrol bomber from the Lockheed L-188 Electra commercial transport, the prototype YP3V-1 Orion (148276), which had a fuselage 2.1 m (7 ft) shorter than the commercial aircraft, was flown for the first time on 25 November 1959.
Originally required as a navigation trainer for the RAF, the military conversion of the eleven-passenger Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra promised so much in performance that the decision was made in 1938 to order the type for the RAF off the drawing board as the Model 214 Hudson.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 – or the Joint Strike Fighter as it was initially known - represents potentially the single largess and most ambitious military aircraft development for many years and is aimed at providing one aircraft to meet the requirements of a number of military services.
The Loehle Aircraft Corp is based in Wartrace, Tennessee in the United States and has in recent years produced a series of ¾-scale replicas of World War I and II fighters in kit form, the latter included the P-40 Kittyhawk, the Supermarine Spitfire, and the North American Mustang. The
The Sport Parasol is a single-seat light, simple, wooden aircraft with fabric covering produced by Loehle Aircraft Corp of Wartrace, Tennessee to meet a market for a cheap, light, easy to build ultralight. Wings are detachable for storage and trailering.
The Longster was a single-seat light parasol-wing aircraft designed for amateur constructors in the late 1920s by the Long Brothers who operated a radio factory in Cornelius, Oregon. Their first design left much to be desired and they abandoned that and built the Anzani Longster in 1930, this being a
The WR-1 Love was a single-seat high performance gull-wing monoplane designed in the 1950s by Neal Loving and built by Wayne Aircraft Co of Detroit, Michigan. It flew for the first time on 7 August 1950 and qualified as a ‘midget racer’ under NAA rules on 18 August 1951. Sets
The Luscombe series of light monoplanes was introduced by the Luscombe Airplane Corp in 1937. Powered by a 37-kw (50-hp) Continental engine, the Model 8, also known as the Luscombe 50, received type approval in August 1938. Production rate was quickly increased to meet demand, with most aircraft being delivered
The Luton LA-4 Minor single-seat, ultra-light aircraft was designed by Luton Aircraft in the United Kingdom in 1936. The prototype was flown in that year fitted with a 26-kw (35-hp) Anzani engine. Subsequently it was modified to make the design more suitable for amateur construction, and a number were built
The Luton Major, a tandem two-seat cabin monoplane, was designed by the Luton Aircraft Company in 1939 as a successor to the Luton Minor. The Major was also intended to be constructed by amateurs. Designed as a low-cost aircraft, it could be fitted with a variety of engines varying in
Development of the Hercules has continued over the years. After the C-130A was the C-130B, which differed from the C-130A in having up-rated T56-A-7 engines and four-blade Hamilton Standard propellers in place of the three-blade Aeroproducts units.
The Lockheed L-1011 Tristar (Model 193) was designed as a competitor for the Douglas DC-10, the manufacturer being approached by American Airlines to build an airliner smaller than the Boeing 747 but able to operate from its main bases at Dallas and New York to London and South America.
Following the success of the C-130E, development of the Hercules has continued. The C-130F was a transport version for the US Navy; the HC-130G was for the US Coast Guard for search and rescue duties; and the C-130H was basically a C-130E model with up-rated engines.
The ER-2 is a derivative of the Lockheed U-2 series built for the North American Space Administration (NASA) and the first aircraft was delivered in 1981, being based at the Dryden Flight Research Center (which later became the Armstrong Flight Research Center)
On 21 April 1964 Lockheed flew a civilian freight example of the military C-130 transport and placed it into low-rate production. This aircraft was used as a civil demonstrator, and was basically a C-130E without military equipment.
The Lockheed Electra was the only major US-built airliner to use turboprop engines and, although 144 aircraft had been ordered by operators from the manufacturer at the time production commenced, only a further 26 orders were delivered.