Lockheed L-414 Hudson


The Hudson was a conversion of the type 14 Super Electra transport built to the order of the British Government, and later supplied to Commonwealth and other services. The family developed from the Electra, through the Hudson, Lodestar, and Ventura, to the Harpoon. First flown in 1937, the Super Electra was a popular purchase with the airlines, and Howard Hughes flew one round the world in 1938. The Hudson production eventually reached 2941 aircraft in six marks and eight versions.

The RNZAF operated 94 of the aircraft (NZ2001-2094) between 1941 and 1948 (NZ2007-2036 Mk.III, NZ2037-2090 IIIa, NZ2001-2006 Mk.V, and NZ2091-2094 Mk.VI). All the aircraft were diverted from RAF contracts, and initially had RAF serials. The aircraft were issued to No.s 1-4SQNs, 9SQN, and No1 OTU. The aircraft were used in patrol and bombing roles, serving overseas in the Pacific based at New Caledonia and in the Solomons. Fourteen of the aircraft were converted to C-63 standard during 1943 and 1944. 42 aircraft were lost in service. Post-war the aircraft were used by 40 and 41 SQNs and the Utility flight for transport, navigation training, air-sea rescue, and photography. One aircraft (NZ2079 / ZK-AHY) was loaned to Union airways as a trainer in 1945-46 before being returned to the Airforce. The bulk of the aircraft were scrapped in 1949, with the final five aircraft disposed in 1951.

Five RNZAF Hudsons survive:

A further fuselage section (identity unknown) is held by the RNZAF at Ohakea (illustrated below).

Last Update:- 16 April, 1999

Technical Data

Data is for the Hudson III


front view - MoTaT 1991 Nose - Ferrymead 1998 Tail - Ferrymead 1998 Port Side - Ferrymead 1998 Interior - Ferrymead 1998 Cockpit - Ferrymead 1998 Interior - Ferrymead 1998 fuselage section fuselage section Nose on - RNZAF 1998 Underside  - RNZAF 1998 Port Side  - RNZAF 1998 Starboard Side  - RNZAF 1998 Starboard Side  - RNZAF 1998

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