Old flying machine steeped in local history | TheUnion.com

Old flying machine steeped in local history

A great picture by Union photographer John Hart of the old Lockheed parked at the Nevada County Airport last Friday, Aug. 22.

A similar Lockheed (model 10) was flown by Amelia Earhart who disappeared on July 2, 1937, between Lae, New Guinea, and Howland Island in the South Pacific. And, a similar Lockheed owned by Earl McBoyle (Idaho-Maryland Mine) was flown by local retired airline pilot Stu Carson’s dad in the 1930s between our local airport and Mills Field (now SFO), carrying gold from the local mines to the San Francisco Mint.

Not only does this old flying machine represent a lot of history, but these aircraft were designed and built by engineers using old-fashioned slide-rules, common sense craftsmen with a good eye, and thousands of sheets of paper laid down by hundreds of draftsmen using No. 2 and 3 pencils, T-squares, and other tools of the trade.

A gem.

Sherm Hanley

Nevada City

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