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Lockheed SST mockup unveiled

Lockheed SST mockup unveiled

June 27, 1966: Three technicians walk on the left delta wing of a full-scale mockup of Lockheed supersonic transport that stretches 273 feet from nose to tail.

Aviation writer Marvin Miles reported in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times:

Lockheed’s supersonic transport was dramatically displayed Monday in a full-scale mockup of the sleek 1,800-mph airliner the company hopes will win government approval in a tense competition with a Boeing design.

Constructed as an engineering aid for design refinements, the gleaming, white-painted model stretches 273 feet from nose to tail and details cockpit and cabin interiors, a double-delta wing and full-size landing gear — mostly in wood.

Called the Lockheed 2000, the plane is designed to carry up to 266 passengers in five-abreast seats wider than those used in intercontinental jets and streak from Los Angeles to New York — or Honolulu —  in little more than two hours.

Newsmen inspecting the mockup at the company’s Burbank division found its cabin similar to current jet transports in diameter, but its small, round windows measure only 6 inches across to save weight and assure pressurization at attitudes up to 70,000 feet.

In 1961 the federal government committed to help subsidize the development of a commercial SST to compete with the Anglo-French Concorde. This Lockheed entry lost out to the proposed Boeing 2707. The entire SST project was canceled in 1971.

This photo by staff photographer R.L. Oliver was published in the June 28, 1966, Los Angeles Times.

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3 Comments

  1. February 7, 2014, 9:39 am

    too babd they never made it

    By: autopsyu22yahoo.com
  2. February 7, 2014, 11:03 am

    If not for an annoying minority whining about noise, we'd be flying in these, and maybe there would be more job opportunities in lovely Burbank other than working at Frys.

    By: dan
  3. February 10, 2014, 5:51 pm

    Most all the aircraft company build a mock-up of the SST

    Convair had photo of there B-58 bomber with window as there SST

    North american used the B-70 in a TWA paint job as there SST

    Douglas has SST group still they where bought out by Boeing

    Boeing has two version one with the North American B-1A swing wing the the with a delta wing build by Northrop

    By: thomas85225

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