HOBBYMASTER 1/200 L-188C ELECTRA - NORTHWEST AIRLINES
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HOBBYMASTER1:200 AIRLINER SERIES MODEL NO. HL1009 1/200 SCALE ________________________________ LOCKHEED L-188C ELECTRA "N130US" NORTHWEST AIRLINES _______________________________________ In 1954 American Air Lines was in the market for a 75 to 100 passenger aircraft for its short to medium range domestic routes. In response Lockheed developed the low wing L- 188 Electra powered by four sleek turboprops instead of the usual large radial engines or jet turbines. The combination of engine and the Hamilton Standard propeller offered a much more reliable and fuel efficient aircraft that could travel at 375 mph for 2000 miles at an altitude of 20,000 – 25,000 feet. When production ended in 1961 there had been 170 Electras completed.
Northwest began flying passengers in 1927. During WWII the airline flew military personnel and material to Alaska and for a visual aid in harsh weather they began painting the tails of their aircraft bright red.
Northwest Airlines took delivery of their first red tailed L-188 Electra on June 1st, 1959. The original paint scheme had an emblem of an Imperial Eagle on the tail. This was to symbolize the Imperial Service the passengers would receive when they flew Northwest Airlines new all-jet fleet. After serving with several ... read more