San Diego Air and Space Museum
San Diego Air and Space Museum

Have a Lockheed Explorer Model 4.

This aircraft was built for an attempt at a nonstop flight from Japan to the US. All that fuselage held enough fuel for a range of 5,500 miles. But it never made it into the air. Lockheed built four Explorers, and they were all lost to crashes.


Famed aviator Wiley Post took the wing from a wrecked Explorer and bolted it onto a Lockheed Orion with floats. He had to do it himself since Lockheed refused to have anything to do with it. It was this nose-heavy hybrid that Post and Will Rogers were flying when they crashed and died in Alaska.

Let’s hope your day goes better.

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