Lockheed L-188 Electra


I looked for one but did not find one of these.
The Lockheed L-188 Electra is an American turboprop airliner built by Lockheed. First flown in 1957, it was the first large turboprop airliner built in the United States. Initial sales were good, but after two fatal crashes that led to expensive modifications to fix a design defect, no more were ordered. With its unique high power-to-weight ratio, huge propellers and very short wings (resulting in the majority of the wingspan being enveloped in propwash), large Fowler flaps which significantly increased effective wing area when extended, and four-engined design, the airplane had airfield performance capabilities unmatched by many jet transport aircraft even today—particularly on short runways and high field elevations. Jet airliners soon supplanted turboprops for many purposes, and many Electras were modified as freighters. Some Electras are still being used in various roles into the 21st century. The airframe was also used as the basis for the much more successful Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

The variants of this aircraft are as follows.

Initial production version
L-188AF (All Freight version)
Unofficial designation for freighter conversions of L-188A carried out under a supplementary type certificate.
L-188PF (Passenger-Freight version)
Unofficial designation for freighter conversions of L-188A carried out under a supplementary type certificate.
Long-range version with increased fuel capacity (6,940 gallon fuel capacity from 5,450 gallons on L-188A) and a higher operating gross weight (Maximum takeoff weight is 116,000 lb compared to 113,000 lb of the “A” version)
Unofficial designation for freighter conversion of L-188C carried out under a supplementary type certificate.
YP-3A Orion
One Orion aerodynamic test bed, fuselage shortened by seven feet.

Aircraft Specs
Crew: Five (3 flight deck)
Capacity: 98 passengers
Payload: 33,800 lb (15331 kg)
Length: 104 ft 6 in (31.85 m)
Wingspan: 99 ft 0 in (30.18 m)
Height: 32 ft 10 in (10.00 m)
Wing area: 1,300 sq ft (120.8 m²)
Empty weight: 57,400 lb (26,036 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 113,000 lb (51,256 kg)
Powerplant: 4 × Allison 501-D13 turboprop engines, 3,750 eshp (2,800 kW) each

Maximum speed: 390 knots (448 mph, 721 km/h) at 12,000 ft (3,660 m)
Cruise speed: 324 knots (373 mph, 600 km/h)
Range: 1,913 nmi (2,200 mi, 3,540 km) with maximum payload, 2,409 nmi, 2,770 mi, 4,455 km with 17,500 lb (7,938 kg) payload
Service ceiling: 32,000 ft (9,753 m)
Rate of climb: 1,970 ft/min (10 m/s)

Operators that either had aircraft or orders. And the first few are current

As of November 2016, a total of 14 Electras remain in active service with three Canadian companies as follows:

Air Spray (aerial firefighting) fourteen registered with nine in active service as air tankers;
Buffalo Airways (cargo/bulk fuel & aerial firefighting) shows eight registered with four in active service (two used for Cargo/Bulk Fuel Transport and two as air tankers)
Conair Group (aerial firefighting) with one registered in active service as an air tanker.
Ansett Airlines
Trans Australia Airlines
Amerer Air
Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano
International Jetair
Northwest Territorial Airways
Nordair 1972–1987 (Canadian Airlines 1987–1989) - 4 operated for Transport Canada Ice Reconnaissance service 1970s–1989
SAM Colombia
Republic of the Congo
Trans Service Airlift
Costa Rica
Ecuatoriana de Aviación
Transportes Aereos Nacionales Ecuatorianos (TAME)
El Salvador
TACA International Airlines
Guyana Airways
Transportes Aereos Nacionales (TAN Airlines)
Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Airways
Garuda Indonesia Airlines
Mandala Airlines
Hunting Cargo Airlines
Royal Air Lao
Banco de México (corporate aircraft)
Netherlands Antilles
Air ALM (all cargo freighter version)
Fred. Olsen Airtransport
Nordic Air
New Zealand
Air New Zealand
Copa Airlines
Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas
Líneas Aéreas Nacionales SA
Air Manila International
São Tomé and Príncipe
Falcon Air
West Air Sweden
Winner Airways (one L-188A leased from Eastern Air Lines for only 2 months in 1970)
United Kingdom
Air Bridge Carriers
Atlantic Airlines
Channel Express
United States
Air California
Air Florida
Air Southwest
American Airlines
Braniff International Airways
Denver Ports of Call
Eastern Air Lines
Evergreen International Airlines
Federal Aviation Administration
Fairbanks Air Service
Great Northern Airlines
Gulf Air Transport
Hawaiian Airlines (all cargo freighter versions)
Holiday Airlines
Intermountain Airlines
Johnson International Airlines
McCulloch International Airlines
National Airlines
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Northwest Airlines
Overseas National Airways
Pacific Southwest Airlines
Reeve Aleutian Airways (passenger/cargo “Combi” versions)
Saturn Airways
Shillelagh Travel Club
Southeast Airlines
Trans International Airlines, later became Transamerica Airlines
TPI International Airways
Western Airlines
Zantop International Airlines
Karibu Airways
Trans Service Airlift
Military operators
Argentine Naval Aviation
Bolivian Air Force - 1 from 1973, still in use in 1987.
Honduran Air Force - one 188A from 1979
Mexican Air Force - one 188A from 1978 to 1987.
Panamanian Air Force - One 188C from 1973 to 1984.
Model 188A
Eastern Air Lines ordered 40 188As which were delivered between November 1958 and August 1959, the last five as 188Cs.
American Airlines ordered 35 188As which were delivered between November 1958 and March 1960.
National Airlines ordered 14 188As which were delivered between April 1959 and January 1961.
Ansett-ANA ordered three 188As which were delivered to Australia in February 1959, April 1959 and February 1960.
Braniff ordered nine 188As which were delivered between April 1959 and January 1960.
Western Airlines ordered 12 188As which were delivered between May 1959 and February 1961.
Trans Australia Airlines ordered three 188As which were delivered to Australia between June 1959 and August 1960.
General Motors ordered one 188A which was delivered in July 1958.
Model 188C
Northwest Orient Airlines ordered 18 188Cs which were delivered between July 1959 and June 1961.
Pacific Southwest Airlines ordered three 188Cs which were delivered in November and December 1959.
Capital Airlines ordered five 188Cs but later cancelled the order. The five aircraft were sold to other operators.
Qantas ordered four 188Cs which were delivered between October and December 1959.
KLM ordered 12 188Cs which were delivered between September 1959 and December 1960.
Tasman Empire Airways ordered three 188Cs which were delivered in October and December 1959.
Garuda ordered three 188Cs which were delivered in January 1961.

The list of companies and specs are from Wikipedia the picture as well!

Reminds me of the C130… it’s really nice!
Btw amazing feature request 🙂


I have wanted this for about as long as i have had IF… About 2 years

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I LOVE this aircraft!!! It is so unique! I saw this airplane on Ice Pilots (the TV show). Buffalo Airways operates it. Anyways, you got my vote! :)


Very great feature request! Well done! Nice looking aircraft! That would be fun to fly over Chicago and stuff. Maybe a ORD-MKE flight! Nice cruise over Illinois and nice descent into Milwaukee…

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Beautiful aircraft, beautiful request! Love it!


Got my vote. I wanna see some more vintage and classic airliners that started what we have today. Let’s get some of these fuel guzzling piston pounders in the sky and let their beauty shine.

This is a really sweet aircraft man! You would have my vote definitely if I never had a limit of 5 votes. The lockheed electra is a very nice and smooth running aircraft of its history. There are still very little companies who have that type of aircraft!

Now that’s a plane with some liveries. Enjoy FDS!

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Now that, is something to be added!

What about Buffalo Airways in NWT!?

It is on there near the top. Dont forget to vote for it!

Hopefully i don’t get hounded for bumping this old thread, yes making a new one would make sense with how old and little votes this has, but it’s extremely detailed and cant really get better then this. Maybe one day this aircraft will get added, can do plenty of routes in and out of remote areas, tons of airlines used it, we do need more prop type aircraft in the fleet in my opinion

I want it due to it’s STOL capability, plus the first Turboprop aircraft… Yes please

That´s an iconic plane! we definately need it. Specially with Varig livery :)

Yes. Just yes.

Look her pretty face

And her powerful T56s!

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Time for a massive bump!


Here’s one of Buffalo Airways🦬 Electra in Yellowknife NT 🇨🇦

Sorry for the quality in a Twin Otter🦦on my way to CYLK


ooooo nice! Any photo nowadays is a good photo of this increasingly rare bird!

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Ice Pilots got me loving this plane. Shout out Buffalo Joe and maniacChuck