Designed by John Knudsen Northrop and Gerard Vultee, this Lockheed Vega is one of the most successful long-altitude airplanes.
Introduced in 1928, Vega was a favorite airplane of a such expedition pilots as Amelia Earhart who flew as a first woman over Atlantic ocean with it or Wiley Post who flew around the world twice with Vega. Winnie Mae, named after his child, was his special airplane acquired by him for teh first around the world flight.
In 1931, he and his navigator Harold Gatty successfuly completed flight from New York to New York in amazing time of 8 days, 15 hours and 51 minutes. With stops at Harbour Grace, Flintshire, Hanover twice, Berlin, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Blagoveshchensk, Khabarovsk, Nome, Fairbanks, Edmonton, and Cleveland they traveled 24,903 km. In 1933, he repeated his flight around the world, this time using the auto-pilot and compass in place of his navigator and becoming the first to accomplish the feat alone.
The characteristic blue and white design of Winnie Mae meets very robust, yet aerodynamic and aggressive shape of Lockheed Vega, which presents one of the most beautiful airplanes of all time for us.