Lockheed C-56 'Lodestar'

  Base model:C-56
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport

  Length: 49' 10" 15.1 m
  Height:11' 1" 3.3 m
  Wingspan: 65' 6" 19.9 m
  Wingarea: 550.0 sq ft 51.0 sq m
  Empty Weight: 11,650 lb 5,283 kg
  Gross Weight: 17,500 lb 7,936 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Wright R-1820-71
  Horsepower (each): 1200

  Range: 1,600 miles 2,576 km
  Max Speed: 253 mph 407 km/h 220 kt
  Ceiling: 23,300 ft 7,101 m

Known serial numbers

Examples of this type may be found at
Castle Air MuseumAtwaterCalifornia
Travis Air Force MuseumTravis AFBCalifornia

C-56 on display

Castle Air Museum

Travis Air Force Museum


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11/13/2011 @ 23:37 [ref: 50212]
 Paul Sheehan
 Melbourne, Victoria, OTH
I'm trying to find Lockheed Lodestar N796G (ex 42-68347 and N86K. It was last known to have been owned by Omni Investments in Washington DC in 1977. A sale of the aircraft was reported around that time and the FAA has it listed as "Not for Sale".
This aircraft is historically important in Australia and if it is still in existence, I'd like to contact the owner and obtain a photograph of the aircraft as it is now. Any help anybody could give me would be much appreciated. Thanks.
07/02/2010 @ 18:52 [ref: 26858]
 Jack L Gilbert
 Rio Rancho, NM
Records research conducted by the personnel of the Travis Air Museum indicate that the aircraft on display there was assigned to Bolling Field, near Washington, DC, and may have been used at least once to transport FDR.
01/31/2009 @ 20:02 [ref: 23593]
 John D. Voss
 , CA
The USAAF procured a grand total of 36 of the C-56 Lodestar aircraft as follows: C-56 (1), C-56A (1), C-56B (13),C-56C (12), C-56D (7), C-56E (2). The difference between all of these variations was the engine type. (a variety of P&W and Wright).
04/04/2006 @ 09:17 [ref: 13031]
 Chris Bampton
 , OTH
My father Dick Bampton(RAAF) flew a Lodestar C56 #VH CAF with Capt Edgerton out of Archerfield (Brisbane ,Australia) on a Brisbane - Sydney- Melbourne- Sydney- Brisbane flight on 5 Nov 1943. This aircraft was attached to ANA (Aust National Airways)at the time. He also flew a number of Lodestar C60 around that time- Reg VH-CEC, VH-CEH.
06/05/2004 @ 08:02 [ref: 7552]
 John Ford
 Vacaville, CA
Recently declassified historical documents reveal several C-56 serial numbers of aircraft flown by the 21st TCS of Brisbane, Australia in 1942: 907, 908, 909, 916, 917, 919, 921, 923, and VH-CAK. The lettered tail numbers indicate a conscripted civilian airline aircraft.
04/27/2002 @ 07:52 [ref: 4810]


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