United Air Lines
Lockheed 18-10 Lodestar NC25633
United have, since their inception, had many
routes up and down California's San Joaquin Valley,
including the coastal cities off Highway 101. They were the
original routes established by founder
carrier Pacific Air Transport. In the 1940s these cities
were served by a modest fleet of Lodestars.
Bill Larkins captured this one
at Monterey in 1941. It was impressed
("requisitioned" might be a
better word) by the military purchasing agency during WW II and
"Lend-Leased" to BOAC for war-
time service whence it was registered G-AGCZ. Since it was
written off in Egypt in the early 1940s,
this was clearly one aircraft which was not returned after the "Lease"
(very few were, in actual fact).