AA Lockheed L-188 Electra

This is a photograph of the Lockheed L-188 Electra II, the first U.S. turboprop-powered aircraft. American Airlines began flying them in 1959. However, wing failures caused by excessive vibration resulted in several fatal accidents and flight restrictions. Lockheed solved the problem, but sales plunged. By the time Electras returned to full service, jetliners had superseded them.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington, District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
2000-6147
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Psa Interior Postcard

This Pacific Southwest Airlines postcard portrays the Lockheed Electra II lounge, located in the rear of the cabin. Airlines began to improve their airplane amenities as commercial air travel expanded.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
NASM-00132840
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum