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Lockheed 9C OrionFaster than any Fighter-PlaneThe Lockheed Orion was the fastest passenger’ plane of its time: at least twice as fast as all its competitors and faster than any fighter-plane. It was the first civil aviation aircraft to have retractable wheels. Swissair was the only Airline in Europe to fly these machines.On 2nd May 1932 the « Rote Hund » (Red Dog) starter on its maiden flight on the « express-line » Zürich – Munich – Vienna. Although the passengers had to pay an extra express charge of 10 francs, most of the flights were completely booked.Both Lockheed Orion remained in Swissair service until 1936. Altogether, between 1931 and 1934, 35 Orion aircraft were produced. The machine on display is the only one still extant.Strictly speaking, it is an “adulterated” Orion. Namely it has a metal fuselage instead of a wooden one. After a very active career it was allowed to fall into disrepair in an American museum. Purchased by the Swiss Transport Museum, it was taken in hand by an enthusiastic team of volunteers from Swissair who restored it completely.
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  • Lockheed 9C Orion
    Faster than any Fighter-Plane
    The Lockheed Orion was the fastest ...

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  • Lockheed 9C Orion
    Faster than any Fighter-Plane

    The Lockheed Orion was the fastest passenger’ plane of its time: at least twice as fast as all its competitors and faster than any fighter-plane. It was the first civil aviation aircraft to have retractable wheels. Swissair was the only Airline in Europe to fly these machines.
    On 2nd May 1932 the « Rote Hund » (Red Dog) starter on its maiden flight on the « express-line » Zürich – Munich – Vienna. Although the passengers had to pay an extra express charge of 10 francs, most of the flights were completely booked.
    Both Lockheed Orion remained in Swissair service until 1936. Altogether, between 1931 and 1934, 35 Orion aircraft were produced. The machine on display is the only one still extant.
    Strictly speaking, it is an “adulterated” Orion. Namely it has a metal fuselage instead of a wooden one. After a very active career it was allowed to fall into disrepair in an American museum. Purchased by the Swiss Transport Museum, it was taken in hand by an enthusiastic team of volunteers from Swissair who restored it completely.
  • Inventory No.VHS-4391
  • Original/modelOriginal-Fahrzeug
  • Object typeObject (three-dimensional)
  • Manufacturer/operatorLockheed Aircraft Corporation, Manufacturer, archivalisch belegt
    Curtiss-Wright Corporation (*1929), Engine manufacturer, archivalisch belegt
    Swissair (Schweizerische Luftverkehr AG, SAirGroup) (1931 - 2002), Operator or user, archivalisch belegt
  • GeographyHerstellungsland: USA/Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
    Territory: Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
  • Dating1931
  • Object weightL x B x H 855 x 1304 x 290 cm
    Leergewicht 1650 kg
    Gewicht maximales Startgewicht: 2450 kg
  • Number of crew1
  • Number of passengers4
  • Type of propulsionInternal combustion piston engine (petrol)
  • Engine designRadial engine, Air cooling
  • Number of cylinders9
  • Power (kW)423
  • Top speed (km/h)360
  • Range (km)1500