1937 Lockheed 10A 'Electra' RestorationMolly McMillin
A four-year restoration project of a 1937 Lockheed 10A “Electra” is nearly complete. The aircraft is a sister to the Lockheed Model 10 Electra flown by Amelia Earhart in 1937 when she disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean. It is being restored by Wichita Air Services, located at the Newton City-County Airport in Kansas.
The 10A arrived in Newton for restoration in December 2010 and flew on March 12, 2015, for the first time since the work began. The historic aircraft had a good flight, says Leeb Von Fange, Wichita Air Services shop manager, although it was a bit wing-heavy on the left. To compensate, the company added a trim tab to the wing. The aircraft’s aluminum skin, flaps and all control surfaces, such as the rudders, flaps and ailerons, have been replaced.
The 10A is expected to take off for the Czech Republic in May, where it will be based, despite being U.S.-registered. Since it is not equipped with deicing equipment, it will have to go when the weather is good, Von Fange says.
All photos by Molly McMilllin