Lockheed C-60A Lodestar By Note: This aircraft has been placed in storage. The C-60 is a twin-engine transport based on the Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar. During World War II, the Army Air Forces used the aircraft for training and for transporting personnel and freight. First flown in 1940, the Model 18 was originally designed as a successor to the Lockheed Model 14 and the earlier Model 10 Electra. The Army began ordering military versions of the Model 18 in May 1941. Depending upon engines and interior configuration, these transports were given C-56, C-57, C-59 or C-60 basic type designations. Lockheed built more C-60As for the AAF (325) than any other version of the military Lodestar. After the war, many military Lodestars were declared surplus and sold to private operators for use as cargo or executive transports. The C-60A on display was flown to the museum in 1981. TECHNICAL NOTES: Armament: None Engines: Two Wright R-1820-87s of 1,200 hp each Crew: Four (plus 17 passengers) Maximum speed: 257 mph Cruising speed: 232 mph Range: 1,700 miles Service ceiling: 25,000 ft. Span: 65 ft. 6 in. Length: 49 ft. 10 in. Height: 11 ft. 1 in. Weight: 18,500 lbs. maximum Serial number: 43-16445 Click here to return to the Air Park. Find Out More 360-degree Virtual Tour View the C-60A on Display Related Fact Sheets Wright R-1820 Cyclone Engine Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.