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Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar. A photo. Characteristics.
Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar. A photo. Characteristics.

Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar. A photo. Characteristics.



A type: twin-engine transport aircraft

Capacity: a crew of three and fourteen passengers

It was the last twin-engined commercial transport aircraft developed by the company "Lockheed". The aircraft model 18 "Loudstar» (Lodestar - a guiding star) was largely increased aircraft modification Model 14, which also served as the basis for creating a maritime patrol bomber "Hudson."

The civilian version of it with the convenience of the passengers were placed before 14. "Loudstar" was made in a number of modifications, which differ mainly in the power installed engines "Wright" companies or "Pratt & Whitney." The first military interest in the airplane put it in a series of orders issued by the US Navy in 1940, the three different versions of "Loudstar" aircraft, which received designation R50-4 (administrative airplane), R50-5 (passenger aircraft) and R50-6 (transport aircraft for the transport of troops). The following year, the company has built Lockheed 13 Lodestar aircraft for the US Air Force, these machines were designated C-57. A number of civil aircraft "Loudstar" was requisitioned for military service, army air force after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the aircraft received the designation C-56. Following the purchase of the US Air Force made in 1942-1943 years, gaining almost 350 aircraft C-60, some of them transferred to the Royal Air Force and the Commonwealth countries who exploited them under the designation "Loudstar» I, IA and II.

After the war, many "Loudstar" aircraft returned to their civilian roles airliner and cargo carrier, at the same time, several instances have altered the administrative plane. Only the group "Loudstar" aircraft survived until 1990-ies, some persist in North America in a state of airworthiness.

Basic data


  • Length: 15,19 m
  • Wingspan: 19,96 m
  • Height: 3,38 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 5284 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 7938 kg


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 407 km / h
  • Range: 2575 km


Power point: two engines R-1820-71 company "Wright"

Power: 2400 l. from. (1790 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • 21 September 1939 years


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • 18 model and C-60


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