Lockheed XR2O

The Lockheed XR2O was a single example of the Lockheed Electra that went to the US Navy in 1936.

The Lockheed Model 10 Electra was one of the first aircraft to be designed after Robert Gross took over Lockheed in 1932. It was a twin engined airliner, with low mounted tapered wings, a high mounted tail with twin vertical control surfaces at the ends and a flat sided fuselage. The standard version had a series of cabin windows, with the passenger door on the left side of the fuselage, half way between the wings and the tail. The same basic layout would be used on a long series of Lockheed airlines, all of which sold in reasonable numbers, while being out-shadowed by the Douglas DC-2/ DC-3 family.

The XR2O-1 was a Model 10-A, and was powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-985-48 engines. It was delivered on 19 February 1936 and was used as a personal transport by the Secretary of the Navy. It was the first military version of the Altair, and was based at NAS Anacostia.

Engine: two Pratt & Whitney R-985-48 air cooled radial engines
Power: 450hp each
Crew: 2
Wing span: 55ft
Length: 38ft 7in
Empty weight: 6,454lb
Gross weight: 10,100lb
Maximum weight: 143,600lb
Maximum speed: 205mph
Cruising speed: 190mph
Rate of climb: 1,140ft/ min
Service ceiling: 19,400ft
Normal range: 810 miles

Lockheed Aircraft Since 1913, René J Francillon

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (29 June 2018), Lockheed XR2O , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_lockheed_XR2O.html

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