Lockheed 9 Orion
1931
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Lockheed 9 Orion

Seeing, in the latter part of 1930, a potential market for a light transport aircraft, Lockheed began development of the six-passenger Lockheed 9 Orion. This combined a Vega fuselage with the low-wing and landing gear of the Altair, and the NACA cowling introduced on the Air Express, the first such Orion being flown in early 1931. Orion production totalled 35, and the single Altair DL-2A was also converted to Orion configuration.

The first Orion (NC960Y) entered service with Bowen Air Lines at Fort Worth, Texas, in May 1931, and the type found use with 12 other American airlines. At least 13 of these aircraft, from various sources, were supplied to the Spanish Republican air force in late 1936, soon after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.


Specification 
 MODELLockheed Orion 9D
 ENGINE1 x Pratt & Whitney Wasp S1D1 radial piston engine, 410kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight2359 kg5201 lb
    Empty weight1651 kg3640 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan13.04 m43 ft 9 in
    Length8.64 m28 ft 4 in
    Height2.95 m10 ft 8 in
    Wing area27.32 m2294.07 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Cruise speed330 km/h205 mph
    Ceiling6705 m22000 ft
    Range1159 km720 miles

Comments
deaftom, j_avanti=hotmail.com, 05.04.2011

No, Post and Rogers died in the crash of the Orion-Explorer, which was a hybrid aircraft put together by Post from parts of an Orion and of an Explorer without approval of Civil Aeronautical Agency (pre-FAA) inspectors. Something came apart as Post and Rogers departed Point Barrow, Alaska, causing the infamous crash. It was not any fault of Lockheed's, as Post had made drastic unapproved changes in creating his "Frankenstein" aircraft.

D Souers, dsouers=neo.rr.com, 28.02.2011

Was this the plane that Wiley Post and Will Rogers crashed in Alaska ???

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