Flight, July 1934
AN AMERICAN FEEDER-LINE MACHINE
The Lockheed "Alcor" follows "Vega" Lines, but has Two Menasco Engines
MR. ALLAN LOCKHEED, who was, at one time, connected with the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, has been working for two or three years
perfecting the design of a high-wing monoplane equipped with two Menasco engines mounted in an unusual manner. The machine is now out of the experimental stage, and is regarded as an efficient feeder-line aircraft.
The cantilever wing, fuselage and empennage are plywood structures, and the general layout of wing and fuselage closely resembles that of the Lockheed "Vega." The cabin is 8 ft. 10 in. long, 51 in. high and 40 in. wide, and there is a total baggage space of 40 cu. ft. Four passengers are accommodated in addition to the pilot and co-pilot, but this number may be increased to eight.
Hydraulic shock absorbers are used in the vertical struts of the landing gear, which run to the front main spar. Low-pressure wheels, faired with "spats," and a streamlined tail wheel are employed.
Two 6-cylinder air-cooled supercharged Menasco "Buccaneer" engines, giving 230 h.p. each, are mounted in a horizontal position with their airscrew hubs 93 in. apart. Hamilton standard controllable-pitch metal airscrews, 7 ft. 6 in. in diameter, are employed. The oil tanks are built into the space between the engines. It is claimed that the vibration impulses of one engine oppose those of the other, and Menasco engines are known to be particularly smooth. It is possible to remove the entire engine group, with oil tanks, as one unit.
During recent demonstration flights it was proved that the machine can take off and climb at the rate of 400 ft. a minute from sea level on one engine. When the starboard airscrew was removed the machine took off after a 1,200-ft. run and reached a speed of 130 m.p.h. in horizontal flight. Furthermore, the pilot reported that it handled in a similar manner to a conventional single-engined aircraft.
2 MENASCO "BUCCANEER" ENGINES
Wing span 42 ft. (12,81 m)
Length 28 ft. 5 in. (8,66 m)
Height 9 ft. 6 in. (2,90 m)
Wing area 282 sq. ft. (26,19 sq. m)
Weight, empty 2,665 lbs. (1 210 kg)
Useful load 2,045 lbs. (927,59 kg)
Pay load 1,200 lbs. (545 kg)
Wing loading 16-7 lbs./sq. ft. (81,5 kg/sq.m)
Power loading 10-2 lbs./h.p. (4,55 kg/cv)
Cruising speed 157 m.p.h. (253 k.p.h.)
Maximum speed 183 m.p.h. (294 k.p.h.)
Landing speed 57 m.p.h. (92 k.p.h.)
Climb, at sea level 1,400 ft./minute (427 m/minute)
Ceiling with maximum load 19,000 ft. (5 795 m)
Ceiling on one engine 6,400 ft. (1 952 m)
Range at cruising speed 700 miles (1125 km)
Fuel consumption at cruising speed 16-66 galls./hr. (75,7 litres/hr)
Oil consumption at cruising speed 1 quart/hr. (0,95 litre/hr)