Aermacchi/Lockheed AL.60 Conestoga

1959

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Aermacchi/Lockheed AL.60 Conestoga

During the late 1950s the Lockheed Georgia Company, Marietta, Georgia made a rare venture into the general aviation market with a design for a four to six-seat light utility transport aircraft aimed specifically at South American operators. The one and only American-built prototype Lockheed AL.60 made its maiden flight on September 15, 1959. It was a boxy, robust, all-metal high-wing monoplane with a wide square cabin which could quickly be changed from passenger to all-cargo configuration, and tricycle landing gear which could be replaced with skis or floats for bush flying. The standard seating arrangement is for four to six passengers but these can be replaced by seats without backrests for use by parachutists. The ambulance version could carry two stretchers, one seated patient and one attendant.

It was never Lockheed's intention to manufacture the aircraft in the United States. Instead a subsidiary company - Lockheed/Azcarate SA -was established in Mexico. This plant produced only 18 LAS A 60s before all manufacturing and sales rights were sold to Aeronautica Macchi.

The first Italian-built LASA 60 was flown on April 19, 1961, and was subsequently developed and produced in several models which included the AL.60B1 with a 250hp Continental IO-470-R engine, the B2 variant with a 260hp supercharged Continental TSIO-470-B powerplant, and the C4 with a conventional tailwheel undercarriage replacing the standard tricycle landing gear. A 340hp Piaggio-built Lycoming-engined version known as the AL.60C was developed to meet an Italian army requirement for a liaison/utility transport. The final civil versions of the Aermacchi aircraft were the 400hp AL.60F5 Conestoga, and a tail-wheel version of the same aircraft for Canadian operators. Some 100 examples of all models were built in Italy before production terminated in 1972.

The basic AL.60C5 design, with a 340hp engine, has been produced by the Atlas Corporation in South Africa as the Atlas C4M Kudu which first flew in 1974 and serves with units of the South African air force. A three/four-seat forward air-control aircraft known as the Aermacchi AM-3C was also developed from the basic AL.60 airframe, though modified substantially, and is serving with the air forces of Rwanda and South Africa, under the name of Bosbok.

Bill Gunston "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Commercial Aircraft", 1980

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Aermacchi/Lockheed AL.60 ConestogaA three-view drawing (1826 x 920)

Specification 
 CREW1
 PASSENGERS6
 ENGINE1 x 400hp Avco Lycoming IO-720-A1A piston engine
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight2041 kg4500 lb
  Empty weight1043 kg2299 lb
  Payload653kg1440 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan11.99 m39 ft 4 in
  Length8.8 m29 ft 10 in
  Height3.2 m11 ft 6 in
  Wing area19.55 m2210.43 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed254 km/h158 mph
  Range1037 km644 miles

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mike, e-mail, 22.07.2017 02:31

Hello, does anyone know of any of these that are still flying and are for sale? I'd prefer on that's been converted to turbine, but can do that myself if needed.

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nicolas hucki, e-mail, 27.01.2017 20:32

My AL60 is for sale in France 15000 €

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Lars Gleitsmann, e-mail, 13.05.2020 nicolas hucki

Hi Nicolas Hucki,
Yours is the red one isn't it? Do you still have it? Is it still for sale? If not, where did it go?
The one (D-EAFG) in the picture above did go to the Ukraine, but I have no contact for its new owner!
Please email me,
Best Regards,
Lars

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Nicolas hucki, e-mail, 15.05.2020 Lars Gleitsmann

Hi Lars
M’y al60 has been sales on may and Is gone ti Biélorussie
Regards
Nicolas

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Manuel Calleja, e-mail, 04.04.2014 18:21

Hi everyone !

My name is Manuel, from Mexico. The writing is very nice and interesting.

In fact, I would like to ask for some help. I am the owner of a LASA-60, and several months ago I suffered an accident. The plane was damaged considerably but I have some hope in order to repair it.

Looking at the wing structure, I realized that some special parts (a rare tube for instance that runs inside the wing) are needed for the reparation, among others.

My interest is to find a non-flying LASA-60 and probably buy some spare parts.

Does some of you can help me with some information ??? I will really appreciate it. This is my email: skydivemexico@gmail.com

Best regards !!

Manuel

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Lars Gleitsmann, e-mail, 13.05.2020 Manuel Calleja

Hi Manuel,
How is it going? Did you get yours fixed back up? There is a wreck in Iceland and I wonder if we could joint venture and buy it from the owner and split it for parts...
Best Regards,
Lars

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Lars Gleitsmann, e-mail, 13.05.2020 Manuel Calleja

Hi Manuel,
How is it going? Did you get yours fixed back up? There is a wreck in Iceland and I wonder if we could joint venture and buy it from the owner and split it for parts...
Best Regards,
Lars

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Manuel, e-mail, 15.06.2020 Lars Gleitsmann

Hallo Lars!
Sorry for my late response. I just notice you sent me a message. I guess I should be more aware of this.

Finally I repaired the aircraft a couple of years ago. The fuselage is perfect ! I am just waiting to get some capital and invest on a PT6-28. My LASA was modified in Canada with a PT6-20 but this engine is old. I hope next year I can buy a half life engine.

Best regards

Manuel

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Roger purdue, e-mail, 19.02.2012 02:30

About 1970 a small commuter airline was started to provide service to the San Juan islands from Seattle. Five smaller lines combined to form puget sound airlines. One of these lockheeds was in their inventory and was placed on the mail run between the islands and anacortes. We monitored the unicom frequency. One afternoon ,headed for anacortes, Tommy Clark was headed for the barn when he radioed that the engine had shucker it's innards and he was going down. He made it into an old short hayfield intact. Tommy gave up flying for thirty years or so! He now owns a Franklin powered Stinson 108.

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Lars Gleitsmann, e-mail, 13.05.2020 Roger purdue

Hi,
That airplane is still around !!! - The plane in the story would be now VH-ELI in Australia !!!
The owner of the company was Blair Estenson, isn't it??
Best Regards,
Lars

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bill, 20.06.2011 14:22

Plane got off he ground pretty good but only climb due to the curvature of the earth.
One nice thing about the plane was a really big side door

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Dave Hall, e-mail, 03.05.2011 02:05

I went to work at Lockheed in 1962 and was placed in a training program for flight testing. Our class assignment was to run much of the CAA flight tests on the LASA 60. I spent a fair amount of time riding in it from Burbank to Palomar where we did a lot of the test flying. Not a bad GA aircraft, seemed to be a clone of the C-182. Good training for my later work on the Blackbird.

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Lars, e-mail, 22.01.2010 05:01

The 3-view drawing used on this webpage here is bogus, I can supply a better one. I have a AL60B2, and am restoring it to its original paint when it was with the Rhodesian Air Force after the UDI. I am looking for ANY Color PHOTO of this type of Plane with The Rho.AF. ANY help is welcome.
Best regards,
Lars

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guy pere, e-mail, 12.09.2008 08:36

I owned one of these planes

I don't think it could go 158 mph straight down.
the cruise speed was around 90
Plane got off he ground pretty good but only climb due to the curvature of the earth.
One nice thing about the plane was a really big side door
(you could put a piece of plywood in the thing!)

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Lars Gleitsmann, e-mail, 13.05.2020 guy pere

Hi Guy,
You had one in Quebec, wasn't it? Did you have the IO-720-A1B powered one from the USA or the one with the turbine?
With the wheelpants mine cruises at 112knots.
Best Regards,
Lars

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