Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra

With the Lockheed 14 Super Electra Lockheed wanted to bring out a competitive pattern to the Douglas DC-3. Although the aircraft ran well ( good flight performance, range and controllability; very advanced design with integral wing tanks, propellers and Fowler flaps), it was just too small. With a capacity of 14 passengers (compared with 28 in the DC-3 ) was a great economic disadvantage; the whole Electra series was a financial disaster for Lockheed.

The first flight of the machine took place on July 29, 1937; most copies were exported. In Japan, the model was built under license as the Kawasaki Ki -56. Based on the Lockheed 14 of the light bombers and reconnaissance Lockheed Hudson was born.


Lockheed 14 Super Electra -H


On 10 July 1938, the flight avid Howard Hughes circled in a Lockheed 14 with his companions in 91 hours, the earth, it is the hitherto fastest circumnavigation of the world.