On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Spirit of Flight museum took delivery of a rare 1936 Lockheed 12A Electra Junior as part of its growing collection. The museum plans to restore the plane to flyable condition as part of the museum’s living history program. It was originally registered as NC16079 to Continental Oil Company in 1936, and at one point is was registered to well-known aircraft dealer Charles Babb, who signed Amelia Earhart’s pilot license.
The eight-seat Lockheed 12A is an all-metal, twin-engine transport aircraft that was developed in the late 1930s. It was mostly used by small airlines, companies, and wealthy private individuals. The Lockheed 12 was not very popular as an airliner but was widely used as a corporate and government transport. After life with Conoco, the Spirit of Flight Lockheed 12A was sent to Canada during WWII as part of the lend-lease program. The Spirit of Flight Lockheed 12A was made possible by generous support from Robert and Carol Leyner.
The museum is looking for donors to support the restoration through tax-deductible donation. Through another generous donation the Museum was able to offer donors the opportunity to win a 1957 Ford Thunderbird. The car was awarded at the 10th Annual Spirit of Flight Day, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Congratulations to Thomas Thomsen of Aurora, Oregon on winning the 1957 Thunderbird. We truly appreciate all who donated to the drawing! Stay tuned for information on our next drawing to support the Spirit of Flight!
Below are photographs of this beautiful aircraft as she appeared upon arriving at Spirit of Flight in Summer 2017. Traces of the former luxurious interior are found everywhere throughout the aircraft. Restoration has begun, and this glamorous old gal will be back in the skies soon enough!