Project Description

MPH

185

WEAPONS

0

SEATS

6

Lockheed Vega DL-1B

Role:  Single Pilot Passenger Aircraft

National Origin: United States

Manufacturer: Fairchild Aircraft Corporation

First Flight: 1926

Primary User: US Commercial 

Number Built: Unknown

The Lockheed Vega is an American six-passenger high-wing monoplane airliner built by the Lockheed Corporation starting in 1927. It became famous for its use by a number of record-breaking pilots who were attracted to the rugged and very long-range design. Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in one, and Wiley Post used his to prove the existence of the jet stream after having flown around the world twice.

General characteristics

  • Crew:1
  • Capacity: 6 pax
  • Length: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft (12 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
  • Wing area: 275 sq ft (25.5 m2)
  • Airfoil: root: Clark Y (18%) ; tip: Clark Y (9.47%)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340C Wasp 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 450 hp (340 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch propellerEmpty weight: 2,565 lb (1,163 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 160 US gal (130 imp gal; 610 l)
  • Gross weight: 4,500 lb (2,041 kg)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 132 mph (214 km/h)
  • Maximum speed: 185 mph (298 km/h, 161 kn) with NACA cowling
  • Cruise speed: 165 mph (266 km/h, 143 kn)
  • Range: 725 mi (1,167 km, 630 nmi)
  • Power/mass: 0.1 hp/lb (0.16 kW/kg)

     

  • Rate of climb: 1,300 ft/min (6.6 m/s)
  • Service ceiling: 19,000 ft (5,800 m)
  • Wing loading: 16.4 lb/sq ft (80 kg/m2)