R50-5 Lodestar

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Manufacturer: Lockheed
Designation: R50-5
Version: A
Nickname: Lodestar
Type: Cargo/Transport
Length: 49' 10"
Height: 11' 1"
Wingspan: 69' 6"
Gross Weight: 18,500 lbs
No. of Engines: 2
Powerplant: Wright R-1829-250 Cyclone
Horsepower (each): 1200
Range: 1700 miles
Cruise Speed: 232 mph
Max Speed: 257 Mph
Ceiling: 23,300 Ft


This venerable Lockheed workhorse was built originally as a Lockheed Model 18, a 17-passenger civilian airliner. In late 1941, when America entered the war, all "Lodestars" flying with the United States military were former airliners conscripted into service. These aircraft received different numerical designations depending on engine type.


In mid-1942, Lockheed introduced the C-60 variant of the "Lodestar". Designed specifically for military use, the C-60 was used as a troop and cargo carrier, flew anti-submarine patrols, and performed Search and Rescue duties.


Our "Lodestar" was built for the U.S. Navy in 1942, as a model R50-5 (U.S. Navy designation for the Army Air Force C-60). After the war, it was converted for civilian use. Used primarily as an executive transport, the museum's R50-5, BUNO 12473, flew into the March Field Museum on August 31, 1983, from Wyoming. In 1999 it was restored and painted in its original U.S. Navy colors. This aircraft is on loan from the NMUSAF