R50-5 Lodestar

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Manufacturer: Lockheed
Designation: R50-5
Version: A
Nickname: Lodestar
Type: Cargo/Transport
Length: 65' 6"  
Height: 11' 1"  
Wingspan: 49' 10"  
Gross Weight: 18,500 lbs  
No. of Engines: 2
Powerplant: Wright R-1820-87 Cyclone
Horsepower (each): 1200
Range: 1700 miles  
Cruise Speed: 232 mph    
Max Speed: 257 Mph    
Ceiling: 25,000 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 in to the March Field Museum on August 31, 1983, from Castle
AFB, CA. (another source indicates it flew in from Wyoming).  Note: we had
identified the aircraft in the past as serial number 43-3538. This aircraft is
on loan from the USAF.