I'm such a great Kelly admirer, I was determined to collect a few of
them for the Museum of Flight in Seattle, where I am a long-time very
active volunteer. So far the count is up to seven - not too
bad! One, the Jetstar Prototype, was also Kelly's personal
airplane for 25 years. In January 2010 - we made it Official ! -
establishing the Lockheed / Kelly Johnson Collection as a part of the
Museum's Collection Plan.
for a Model 10 Electra some day, which would give us Kelly's first and last
aircraft designs. In any event, we probably have the best Kelly
Johnson collection in existence, anywhere.
Some of Kelly Johnson's Airplane Designs
Model 10A Electra
P-80 Shooting Star
C-130 Hercules (See Note below.)
U-2 Dragon Lady
As Kelly said in his autobiography.... "More Than My Share of It All"
It's easy - even for me - to get carried away with love for all things
"Kelly." Kelly Johnson worked on about 40-42 airplane designs
during his long career, and it's easy to fall into the trap of calling
some of those designs "Kelly's airplanes." And so I earlier
ascribed the following two airplanes to Kelly.
The P2V Neptune
was kicked off at Lockheed subsidiary Vega as a private venture the day
before Pearl Harbor, Dec. 6, 1941, and was designed by R.A.
Bailey and Lou Height
In the case of the C-130, the paper
released by the National Academy of Sciences lists Kelly as holding the
for the C-130. This is true - I have a copy of the Patent -
but in my "due diligence" research, I found Bill Statler and
Gene Frost designed the Hercules - an airplane Kelly
initially disliked intensely - especially it's lack of sleek looks -
but eventually came to love. Kelly's name is on the Patent
Copyright 2006-2010 Robert A. Bogash. All Rights Reserved
Last revised 20 Dec 2008
4 Apr 2010
30 Nov 2010