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  L-18-56 Lodestar Registration VH-FAD  
Intercontinental Airlines

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed constructors number 2090 as type L18-07 with Pratt & Whitney Hornets.

Wartime History
On March 6, 1941 assigned an airworthness certificate. Nicknamed "Lowestoft". On March 21, 1941 registred in the United Kingdom as G-AGBU. Modified as a L18-56 powered by Wright R1820-87 Cyclones engines. This aircraft operate from Cairo on their African route in camouflage.

Postwar
During November 1947, sold to Henry Warren Grindrod Penny through W.S. Shackleton Ltd for UKĀ£8,500. Aircraft was ferried from Cairo by BOAC and delivered to Penny in England. On arrival London the aircraft struck a building while taxying. Penny traded as Intercontinental Airlines Pty Ltd. of Sydney and Intercontinental Air Tours of Kings Cross. Aeroplane was nicknamed "Aurora Borealis".

PARTIAL HISTORY

In October 1963 this Lodestar was retired from flying service. During 1964 scrapped at Gisborne New Zealand.

References
VH-FAD - The Lockheed File

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Last Updated
September 25, 2018

 

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