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This model is built in November 2010 very near to scale and has high quality textures and materials. It comes with lots of exterior detail, animatable flaps, ailerons, rudder, elevators, and propellers. The landing gear can be retracted and landing gear doors closed. This model is a complete replacement for our earlier version of the L188 Electra. We have increased the smoothness of the faces and the poly-count, remodeled most of the aircraft from scratch, and reworked all the materials. This model is available in multiple formats and comes with many different airline liveries.
The Lockheed Electra's were designed in the mid 1950s and they first entered service in 1959 with several airlines in the US. They served larger airlines until the mid 1970s when they were sold to regional carriers, charter airlines and cargo freight companies. These aircraft carried 66 as originally designed but over the years increased their capacity to 99 passengers. They were economical to operate and a good safety record. Powered by four Allison Turboprops turning 13 foot diameter propellers, these were the fastest turboprop airliners ever produced and flown. They could routinely beat jet airliners times between certain routes.