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Almost 2 Years Before Electra 1073

Just like Lockheed Electra 1073 before, Lockheed Electra 10, 1074, was delivered to the United States Army Air Corps as a Y1C-36, the military designation for a 10A, and was registered 36-67 on January 8, 1937. After serving with the USAAC, the aircraft was sold to the Brazilian Air Force, registration 1439, who in turn transferred it to VARIG as PP-VAV on November 18, 1946. Registration PP-VAV was canceled on January 25, 1951 after the plane was sold to Aeronorte the previous November and reregistered as PP-NBD. On August 12, 1951, shortly after taking off from Turiacu, Brazil, the Electra stalled and crashed just 800 meters from the runway's end. Pilot Jaime Pinto was sustained only minor injuries; tragically, Co-pilot Arquimedes da Silveira Siedler, Radio Operator Cacildo Severiano Macedo and passenger Manuel Pereira de Castro were killed in the crash.


One of VARIG's Lockheed Electra aircraft (from Varig Experience on Facebook)

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