|Model 75 Saturn|
|National origin||United States of America|
|First flight||June 17, 1946|
The Lockheed Model 75 Saturn was a small feeder airliner produced by the Lockheed Corporation in the mid-1940s. Lockheed announced the project on November 19, 1944. The design team, led by Don Palmer, created a high-wing, twin-engine monoplane with 14 seats and a top speed of 228 mph (367 km/h). Lockheed touted the Saturn as an airliner to service small towns with limited airport facilities and could take on passengers and cargo without ramps or stairs.
Tony LeVier piloted the first flight on June 17, 1946. Lockheed had received 500 conditional orders for this aircraft, priced at $85,000 each. But, by the time the design was completed, the selling price had risen to $100,000 and these orders had been cancelled, with war surplus C-47s filling the same market at a quarter the price. Lockheed lost $6 million from the development of the two prototypes, which were scrapped in 1948.
Data from Lockheed Aircraft since 1913 
- Crew: Two
- Capacity: 14 passengers
- Length: 56 ft 6 in (15.69 m)
- Wingspan: 74 ft 0 in (22.56 m)
- Height: 19 ft 10 in (6.05 m)
- Wing area: 502 sq ft (46.6 m2)
- Empty weight: 11,361 lb (5,153 kg)
- Gross weight: 16,000 lb (7,257 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Wright 744C-7BA-1 seven cylinder radial engine, 700 hp (522 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 198 kn (228 mph, 367 km/h) at sea level
- Cruise speed: 163 kn (187 mph, 301 km/h)
- Range: 522 nmi (600 mi, 965 km)
- Service ceiling: 26,500 ft (8,075 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,325 ft/min (6.7 m/s)
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- United Press, “Lockheed Will Build Short-Haul Transport”, The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Monday 20 November 1944, Volume 51, page 1.
- "Pinup - Lockheed Saturn", January 1946, Popular Science bottom of page 96 with good photo on following page
- Francillon 1978, p.281.