America's first civil turbo-prop airliner, the Lockheed Electra, flew into Gatwick Airport from Le Bourget France November 17.
SHOT ELECTRA SWINGING AROUND IN THE OPEN
C.U. SYMBOL ON TAIL FIN.
FONT v PAN ALONG WING AND ENGINE.
ZOOM INTO C.U. OF ENGINE
SHOT TURNHILL GOES ABOARD.
SHOT ELECTRA TAKES OFF.
INT. PILOT SEEN IN COCKPIT.
Initials AW/CW W.S./R.L.
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Background: America's first civil turbo-prop airliner, the Lockheed Electra, flew into Gatwick Airport from Le Bourget France November 17.
Though claimed to be the fastest prop engine in flight, (the four 3,750 hp Allison propeller turbines give it a high cruising speed of 405 mph), the Electra can land in as little as 5,000 ft - a little more than half the distance required by a fully loaded all jet airliner.
The Electra has been designed for short and medium range service 200-2,000 miles carrying ninety nine tourist or sixty six first class passengers, and is said to be quieter than the four engined piston powered craft it supercedes.
Robert E. Gross, chairman of Lockheed, announced orders last month of GBP121,400,000 for 161 Electras; the company will start to make a profit at 200.