Today In Aviation History – February 23, 1934 – First Flight – Lockheed Model 10 Electra

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February 23, 1934.  First flight of the Lockheed Model 10 Electra.

The Lockheed Model 10 Electra was a twin-engine, all-metal monoplane airliner developed by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in the 1930s to compete with the Boeing 247 and Douglas DC-2. The aircraft gained considerable fame as it was flown by Amelia Earhart on her ill-fated around-the-world expedition in 1937. 149 Electras were built.  Trans-Canada Airlines (now Air Canada) purchased 3, including the one shown above, to inaugurate trans-continental passenger service between British Columbia and Washington State in 1937.