“In the early 1980’s Grace McGuire was planning on repeating Amelia Earhart trip around the world. This trip was going to be sponsored by P&W/UTC. There were two Lockheed 10s; one was owned by Grace and the other by P&W. When the trip was terminated, the Museum transported Grace’s Lockheed 10 to Redbank, NJ, where Grace was going to store her plane...There was a three-vehicle convoy: a lead vehicle, the Museum Mack truck driven by Irving Richert (Richie) with the Museum trailer loaded with the Lockheed 10 fuselage, and the trail vehicle which was the Museum pickup. Don Murray, Museum Restoration Manager was in charge and was driving the lead vehicle… Lloyd Rogers and I rode in the Museum pickup truck in the trail vehicle...We, as the trail/blocking vehicle had two tasks; first was blocking traffic when the tractor trailer was merging onto the highway and second was blocking traffic when going over a narrow bridge by straddling the middle of the road. When merging onto the highway, Richie’s requirement was ‘All I want to see is blue pickup truck in my mirrors.’ The second Lockheed 10 was donated to the Museum by P&W.”
- Kim Jones, NEAM Board of Directors
The New England Air Museum acquired the Lockheed 10-A "Electra" from Pratt & Whitney in 1984. This model aircraft became famous in 1937 when renowned aviator Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during her attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world. Earhart was flying a Lockheed 10-A Electra during this famous flight, and the museum's aircraft is just a few serial numbers away from Earhart's Electra, making it a popular research subject among historians.
The New England Air Museum's Electra was built in 1936 and delivered to the U.S. Navy as the sole XR20-1 for use during World War II. After the war it changed hands several times, flying both passengers and well as cargo. Restoration on the aircraft began in 1994 under the direction of Crew Chief William E. Taylor. The Electra was restored to Northwest Airlines ensignia, as that airline made the first commercial flight in a Lockheed 10-A in 1934.
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