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Lockheed Lodestar, 1950's
- The Lockheed Model 18, or Lodestar, was built as a civilian airliner in 1940 and was developed from the Model 10 Electra, the Model 12, the Model 14 Super Electra and the unbuilt Model 16. The Lodestar, in turn, was the forerunner of the Lockheed Ventura, just as the Super Electra had been the forerunner of the Lockheed Hudson. The Lodestar was one of the fastest transport aircraft of its time, and was operated by the United States Navy as the R50-1 and the US Army Air Force (USAAF) as the C-56, C-57 A/E, C-59, C-60/A and C-66.
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