LOCKHEED L-18-50-23 LODESTAR N1NF
MSN 2185

(Wings only. Used in the restoration of Ventura A59-96)

 

The Wings


LT-934
   
16JUN42
  Built as L-18-50-23 Lodestar for the Netherlands East Indies Air Force as LT-934 but not taken up.
30150
   
25JUN42
  Transferred to the United States Navy as type R50-5 with the Bureau Number 30150 and delivered to Naval Air Station Anacostia, Washington DC.
14DEC42
  To Naval Attache, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
JUN46
  To Joint Brazil-US Mission.
31AUG46
  Struck off charge.
14NOV46
  Sold to L.A. Wright Ltda.
PP-WAA
   
23APR47
  Registered in Brazil as PP-WAA.
SEP51
  Sold to Haroldo Aguinaga.
01DEC51
  Sold to Carmas Supply Corp.
04JUL52
  Cancelled from the Brazilian Register.
N3946C
   
07JAN52
  Registered N3946C.
18JUL52
  To American Airmotive Corp.
21JUL52
  To Ada Oil Co.
08JAN56
  To W.F. Long.
N46P
   
21AUG56
  To Phillips Petroleum Company as N46P.
16OCT56
  Modified to a DallAero Lodestar by Dallas Aero Service with increased all-up weight and streamlining improvements.
01MAR66
  To Jack Adams Aircraft Sales Inc.
15APR66
  To Edward L. Whittenburg.
N461EW
   
06JUN66
  Registered N461EW.
22SEP67
  To Diamond Paint Co.
12JAN68
  To A.C. Schwarz Jr.
11MAR69
  To David Hoover.
01DEC71
  Repossessed by City Bank & Trust Co.
01DEC71
  (Same day) To Web Thomas Aircraft Sales Inc.
N46WT
   
21MAY72
  Registered N46WT.
N1NF
   
05JUN73
  Registered N1NF.
25JUN73
  To Lockheed West Inc.
31OCT75
  Cancelled from the US Register due owner's failure to file in 1973.
26JAN76
  Restored to US Register.
04SEP76
  To A.D. Mallard.
22JAN81
  To David C. Colombo.
02JUL82
  Converted to type L-18-56.
02NOV83
  To ERL Inc.
SEP85
  To National Lien & Recovery Corp.
16SEP85
  To Hill Aircraft Co Inc.
NOV85
  Noted stored at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
14JAN92
  To North American Aircraft Sales Inc.
09APR92
  Returned to Hill Aircraft Co.
OCT92
  Noted still stored at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
12MAY95
  To Falcon General Inc.
21JAN95
  Registered to Falcon General Inc.
09MAY97
  Cancelled from US Register as scrapped.
02OCT97
  To Earle Aircraft Inc.
14APR10
  QAM purchased both outer wing panels from Earle Aircraft Inc., Hastings, Florida. It had been intended that the airframe would be mounted on a billboard. For this purpose the rear fuselage was cut off at the trailing edge of the wing so that the aircraft would appear to be flying out of the billboard. This never eventuated and the remaining airframe was listed several times on eBay.
15JUN11
  The wings arrived at the Port of Brisbane. Seemingly containing all manner of flora and fauna from the Everglades, the wings were cleaned by several QAM members on 6 July, 18 July and 10 August.
15AUG11
  The wings were released by Quarantine and transported to Caloundra.
   

Footnote:
While such a detailed history may be irrelevant to an aircraft that exists in the QAM collection only as a pair of wings, it provides an interesting insight into the life of a typical post-war executive conversion of a military aircraft.

The NEIAF serial LT-934 which had been allocated to this aircraft but not taken up was reallocated to another Lodestar (msn 2608) which was delivered to the NEIAF but diverted to Australia after the Japanese invasion of the NEI. As a result of the serial LT-934 having been allocated to two different aircraft, some sources state that the first LT-934 (msn 2185) came to Australia but actually it was the second LT-934 which came to Australia. Ironically, part of the first LT-934 did eventually come to Australia if only as two wings. The lack of genuine Ventura wings means that QAM has to make do with Lodestar wings but they are at least from a Navy Lodestar! This presupposes that N1NF retained its original wings throughout its lifetime. This is unlikely but records no longer exist so this will never be known.

 


 

LOCKHEED L-18-56-23 LODESTAR N339
MSN 2548

(Wing tips only. Used in the restoration of Ventura A59-96)

 

The Wing Tips


42-56055
   
30JUL43
  Delivered to the USAAF as L-18-56-23 C-60A-5-LO 42-56055.
NC14922
   
10APR46
  Registered NC14922 to Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.
16APR46
  Converted to civil standard by Lockheed and sold to National Steel Corporation.
N14922
   
14APR51
  To Great Lakes Steel Corporation as N14922.
N338
   
08JAN57
  Re-registered N338.
22MAR57
  To Howard Aero.
17JUN60
  Converted to a Howard 250.
31JUL67
  To National Steel Corporation.
N339
   
17AUG67
  Re-registered N339.
22SEP67
  Donated to Cathedral of Tomorrow Inc.
25OCT68
  To Sundorph Aeronautical Corp
    The aircraft then passed through a succession of at least 18 owners. (These owners are not listed as it is acknowledged that any of the owners listed above could have changed the wing tips anyway!)
10JUL96
  The last registered owner was May Air Xpress Inc. of Texarkana.
1997
  The aircraft was flown from Chino, California to Texarkana, Arkansas and stored. This was its last flight.
2010
  The City of Texarkana gave the aircraft to Gary Hilton for removal from the airport.
29SEP15
  Both wing tips arrived at Caloundra having been sold to QAM by Gary Hilton.
     

 

These histories are sourced from The Lockheed Twins by Peter J. Marson
Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. 2001

 

Where did the wings and wing tips go?

 

 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
3
07MAR17
Added an image of N1NF circa August 1983.
2
15OCT15
Added a brief history of N339, the aircraft that contributed its wing tips to the project.
1
30JAN15
Original issue.