14H2 Super Electra
These two images were taken by Harry Broe (via Bob
Lockheed 14 series
was the forerunner of the Lockheed 18
Lodestar. It was also the aircraft around which the
was developed early in WW II. The Super Electra was designed
to compete with the
DC-2/DC-3 models being produced by Douglas at the time.
received much success in the USA (only Northwest Airlines
purchased them) and most of the
built were exported. Interestingly, the Japanese
built more Lockheed 14s than the parent
company, turning out 119 license-built
examples which served as Army Type LO transports with
the Allied code name of "Thelma".
was, in fact, an ex-Northwest machine (actually, they had sold it to
Continental after only
a year's operation because they
quickly found out that the airliners were not nearly as economical to
run as the DC-3). Continental, in
turn, sold it to the W.R. Carpenter Company of Sydney to operate
a Sydney to Rabaul service.
complete history of this aircraft go to: