Allan Lockheed and Jack Northrop teamed
up together in 1927 and formed the Lockheed Aircraft Company.
It was a great combination and their Vega became
aircraft of the Golden Age for setting
like Wiley Post, Amelia Earhart and Roscoe Turner furthered
the reputation of the aircraft as well as their own.
Wiley Post set many records in Vega, the “Winnie
was the first person to set a round-the-world record with
a commercial aircraft.
He made the first solo flight around the globe,
was the first person to fly New York to Berlin nonstop
and also set an un-official world altitude record of 55,000
feet. All in the Winne Mae.
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to solo across
the Atlantic and did so in a bright red Vega.
A total of 198 Vega’s were built.
This aircraft was acquired from Dave
Jameson in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and was the 72nd
Vega off the production line.
Originally purchased in 1929 by the Independent
Oil & Gas Company, it was the first executive model
built and sported a table, portable typewriter, and a
During World War II it served as an airliner in
Mexico and was used in the late 1950’s by General Electric
as a radar research aircraft.
Dave purchased it in 1963 and restored
it in the colors of the Winnie Mae.
He flew it for a number of years before putting
on display in the E.A.A. Museum in Oshkosh.
It had not flown for about 7 years when Kermit
purchased it in 1991. It was disassembled and shipped
to Fantasy of Flight.
The current engine in this aircraft is a later
version of the original engine that has considerably more
are to get an earlier original engine overhauled and one
day get the aircraft flying again.
This is only 1 of less than 5 known original Vega’s
left in existence. The original Wiley Post Winnie Mae and the Amelia Earhart Vega
are both owned by the National Air and Space Museum in
of this airplane is all wood.
The fuselage was molded in halves and glued together.
Other aircraft designs by Lockheed used the same
basic fuselage but the configuration and model type determined
where the cockpit and door openings were cut.
The high-wing version was the Lockheed Vega, the
parasol was the Lockheed Orion and the low-wing was the