The Lockheed C-111 Super Electra was the designation given to four Lockheed Model 14-WF62s that were impressed by the USAAF after they reached Australia after escaping from the Dutch East Indies.
The Lockheed Model 14-WF62 Super Electra was an export version of the aircraft, powered by two Wright Cyclone SGR-1820-F62 engines, capable of producing 900hp at take-off and 760hp at 5,800ft. Like all Super Electras, they were an expanded version of the standard Lockheed Electra, with the same basic layout - a low mounted tapered cantilevered wing, high mounted tail with twin vertical control surfaces and a flat sided fuselage. The Model 14
The four aircraft were operated by KNILM (The Royal Dutch Indies Airways) and operated on routes around the Dutch East Indies. When the Japanese invaded in March 1942, they were amongst the 11 KNILM aircraft than managed to reach the relative safety of northern Australia.
Once they had reached Australia the four aircraft were impressed into the USAAF as the C-111, and then allocated to the Allied Directorate of Air Transport. One of the four crashed almost immediately, but the other three survived to see some wartime service.
Engines: Two Wright Cyclone SGR-1820-F62
Power: 900hp at take-off and 760hp at 5,800ft
Wing span: 65ft 6in
Length: 44ft 4in
Height: 11in 5in
Empty weight: 10,750lb
Loaded weight: 15,650lb
Maximum weight: 17,500lb
Maximum speed: 250mph at 5,800ft
Service ceiling: 24,500ft
Normal range: 850 miles
Maximum range: 2,125 miles
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