The Lockheed File began in October 1997 as a means of teaching myself Web publishing while sharing my passion for Lockheed aeroplanes with other like-minded enthusiasts. It has now developed into what I hope will be regarded as a serious resource for Lockheed enthusiasts everywhere. Initially, the site was restricted to extant Lockheeds in Australia, but I have been progressively adding all Lockheeds which have taken up an Australian identity. In some instances, in the interests of completeness, I have included aircraft which did not take up an Australian identity but which "ended their days" on Australian soil. At the time of writing (July 2000) I believe that all Australian Lockheeds are now accounted for within these pages.

The Lockheed File brings together the work of many contributors to whom I extend my sincere thanks. I also express my gratitude to the many Lockheed owners who have contributed so willingly. Please refer to the Thanks page on the main menu for acknowledgements. In addition, some of the aircraft types have their own Thanks page. All readers are invited to use The Lockheed File for private research purposes. However, if you are intending to reproduce any of the contents, you should consult the Copyright Notice page for guidance. As I incorporate additions and/or corrections, these will be listed on the Updates page.

Please let me know if you have any trouble reading these pages. Also please advise me if you have any difficulties accessing the site. The Lockheed File has been designed for Microsoft Internet Explorer, but it has also been tested satisfactorily with Netscape Navigator and Mozilla Firefox.

My experience that no one person seemed to have all the answers I needed while constructing this site, seems to justify the existence of The Lockheed File. I hope you find it both useful and enjoyable.

Please email me with any corrections, updates, or comments.

Regards,

Ron Cuskelly




A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT SERIAL NUMBERS.


In recent times there has been some debate about the correct terminology for describing the serial number assigned to an aeroplane when it was built. Traditionally, historians have adopted the term constructor's number, usually abbreviated to c/n. More recently, some publications have adopted the term manufacturer's serial number - abbreviated to msn. Like many, I have resisted this new-age terminology. At least I did resist it until I saw the maker's plate in the HARS C-121C Super Constellation VH-EAG. This plate bears witness to the fact that when Lockheed built this beautiful aeroplane they gave it a manufacturer's serial number. So if it's good enough for Lockheed - msn it is!




A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATIONS.


Although civil aircraft have been listed under their most recent registration, it should be noted that some of these aircraft may have been de-registered and the registration reallocated to another aeroplane of a different type. For example, Hudsons VH-FXF and VH-AGX no longer appear on the Register and indeed both of these registrations have been reallocated. I have adopted this convention as aircraft are more commonly known by their civil registrations, whereas the other alternative, the msn, would be meaningless to many readers.



Issue Date
3 08JUL00



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