Lockheed 12 to Germany

Lockheed 12 Electra Junior N18130 was recently acquired by Paderbornbased Art Deco Aviation from an owner in the northwestern USA, and will fly the Atlantic to its new home in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia during the summer. The 1937-built classic is no stranger to Europe, having been used by the Free French during the war as a transport by both Gen Maréchal Leclerc and Gen de Gaulle. In May 1947 it was registered to the Earl of Granard as G-AHLH, and was subsequently operated in France as F-BUIE for many years.

As NR18130, the ‘Kelly’ Johnson-designed machine competed in the 1937 Cleveland Air Races and was flown by famed Lockheed test pilot Milo Burcham (see also pages 87-93) to fifth place in the Bendix Transcontinental Speed Dash.

The Lockheed will now join several other highly polished historics in the Art Deco collection, including Cessna 195 Businessliner N195RS, which wears Mid-West Airlines markings and appeared in the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation concours at the 2017 Goodwood Revival race meeting.

Anyone running a company called Art Deco Aviation really has to have one of these. Lockheed 12 N18130 was pictured at Hollister, California recently.