Lockheed 9 Orion


Back to the Virtual Aircraft Museum
  LIGHT TRANSPORTVirtual Aircraft Museum / USA / Lockheed  

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.

 MODELLockheed Orion 9D
 ENGINE1 x Pratt & Whitney Wasp S1D1 radial piston engine, 410kW
  Take-off weight2359 kg5201 lb
  Empty weight1651 kg3640 lb
  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
  Cruise speed330 km/h205 mph
  Ceiling6705 m22000 ft
  Range1159 km720 miles

deaftom, e-mail, 05.04.2011 03:51

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, e-mail, 28.02.2011 04:51

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


Do you have any comments?

Name    E-mail


All the World's Rotorcraft

All rhe World's Rotorcraft AVIATION TOP 100 - www.avitop.com Avitop.com