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Lockheed Vega 1 (NX913) sold to George Hearst,for an entrty in the Oakland to Hawaii race sponsored by James Dole. AC was powered by a 200 hp Wright Whirlwind J5 radial, had adjustable tailplane, wheels that could be detached,floatation bags and many other features needed for the overwater flight. Aircraft was named the “Golden Eagle”. Jack Frost and navigator Gordon Scott left Oakland 16 August 1927, six weeks and one day after its first flgiht. The aircraft went missing and Lockheed continued this line with modifications calling it the Vega aircraft.
JMF Haase Collection
via San Diego Aero Space Museum

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