C-60 Lodestar

Serial Number: 42-55918

During WWII the military bought or impressed into service all kinds of transport aircraft that could be useful. Lockheed Lodestars were smaller and faster than the Douglas DC-3 aircraft that had become the industry standard. The USAAF commandeered over fifty early model Lodestars under the designations C-56, -57 and -59 but the definitive military Lodestar was the C-60 of which over 350 were purpose built.

Most Lodestars were used for crew training, moving freight and VIP passengers and for paratroop training. As a fast medium-range transport they served adequately well, but most were retired from military service before the end of the war. Afterwards, many were converted and became plush civilian executive transports.

Our aircraft served in the USAAF at bases in Alabama from March 1943 until February 1945. It was sold to Capitol Airways in 1946 and converted to become an executive transport in 1958. In 1990 it was acquired by the USAF Heritage program and placed on display at the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, GA. In 2014 it was transferred to the AMC Museum.

Gallery

  • Manufacturer: Lockheed
  • First Flight: 21 September 1939
  • Retired:
Specifications
  • Crew: 3
  • Payload: 18 passengers
  • Length: 49 ft 10 in
  • Wingspan: 65 ft 6 in
  • Height: 11 ft 1 in
  • Empty Weight: 12,500 lbs
  • Loaded Weight: 17,500 lbs
  • Powerplant: 2x R-1820 Wright Cyclones
  • Maximum Speed: 257 mph
  • Cruise Speed: 200 mph
  • Range: 1,700 mi
  • Service Ceiling: 25,000 ft
Assignment History

The assignment history for the Air Mobility Command Museum's C-60 Lodestar, serial number 42-55918:

Date Location
19 Jan 1943 Received by the USAAF
Mar 1943 to Long Beach, CA
Jun 1943 to Palm Springs, CA
2 Aug 1944 to 4139th Base Unit, Birmingham, AL
18 Aug 1944 to 2132nd Base Unit, Maxwell Field, AL
Nov 1944 to 4139th Base Unit, Birmingham, AL
Jan 1945 to 4119th Base Unit, Brookley Field, AL
2 Feb 1945 Dropped from the USAAF inventory by transfer to the Reconstruction Finance Corp
24 Oct 1946 Purchased by Capitol Airways for $5,000, Nashville, TN—assigned N66314
18 Mar 1949 Modified from C-60 to Lockheed 18-56 civilian type, by Capitol Airways
19 Mar 1949 Sold to H.K. Ferguson Co, Cleveland, OH, for $1 and OVC
1 Jun 1950 Sold to OMAN Construction Co, Nashville, TN for $19,622.24
26 Jun 1950 Registration change—N66314 to N315
10 Nov 1958 Change to Howard 250
14 Apr 1961 Taxi accident, Miami Airport—Engine suddenly stopped; nose, belly and tail damage—repaired
30 Jul 1981 Change N315 to N315F
5 Aug 1981 Sold to Int'l Field Studies, Capitol Univ., Columbus, OH
3 Nov 1982 Sold to L. Hannan, Santa Rosa, CA
19 Apr 1983 Sold to C.Love, Elite Ent. Forestville, CA
20 Jun 1986 Sold to L. Hamilton and L. Donham Ent.
Jul 1988 Sold to L. Hamilton
29 Jan 1989 Sold to S. Penning
1990 Acquired by USAF Heritage Program and placed on display at the Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB, GA
2014 Transferred to the AMC Museum

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