DW 48022 Lockheed Vega 5b

DW48022 Lockheed Vega 5b

The Lockheed Vega is an American six-passenger high-wing monoplane airliner built by the Lockheed Corporation, with production starting in 1927. It became famous for its use by a number of record-breaking pilots who were attracted to the rugged and very long-range design Amelia Earhart becam the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean in one.

Amelia Earhart bought this 5b Vega in 1930 and called it her “Little Red Bus”. Afetr a nose-over accident later that year, the fuselage was replace and strengthened to carry extra fuel tanks. Three types of compasses, a drift indicator and a more powerful engine were also installed. On May 20-21 1932, flying in this airplane, Earhart became the first woman ( and the only person since Charles Lindbergh ) to fly non-stop and alone across the Atlantic ocean.

She took off from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, Canada and landed 15 hours and 2,026 miles later in a field near Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The feat made Earhart an instant worldwide sensation and proved she was a courageous and able pilot.

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