The Electra was Lockheed’s different answer to the challenge set by the Boeing 247 and Douglas DC-2 in the middle 1930’s. The company chose to follow a smaller -almost half in size compared to its competitors- yet faster approach and was rewarded with a modest success, less than 150 in total. At first sight nothing to brag about, but the basic design proved to be very adaptable and was both scale-up (14 Super Electra and 18 Lodestar) and scale-down (12 Electra Junior). Various military derivatives of the 14/18 also exponentially upped the number of “Electras” in the skies. All in all, not a bad bargain for Lockheed in the end.
Sumptuous Kodachrome photo of a Delta Air Lines Electra, Spring 1940. When war was still other people business. Those amazingly outrageous hats…..(further data when you click on the photo).