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This information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.

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Kinner Airster 2743

Registration Number 2743

A Case of Forced Collateral Leading to Pillage

This aircraft is a Kinner Airster, S/N K.E.8. The Kinner Airplane and Motor Corp., Glendale, CA built it in June, 1924. It was equipped with a Hispano-Suiza engine of 300 HP, S/N 6023 built by Wright on 9/18/1922. Its wingspan was 39 feet, wing area 468 square feet and length 29 feet. It weighed 3,600 pounds.

It was sold, and license applied for, on 5/12/1927 to Dr. T.C. Young, 620 East Broadway, Glendale, CA. He, “changed body from cabin to open cockpit” and it was disapproved upon inspection on 12/8/1928.

Six months later it landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield on 6/3/1929 at 11:40 AM. The pilot was Leo Root, carrying his “copilot”. They were inbound from Marfa, TX. They departed for Los Angeles at 1:30 PM the same day.

The airplane was reported sold to Sidney Neighbors, Houston, TX in February, 1930. In a letter of 3/29/1930, Dr. Young states, “Neighbors started to fly to Guatemala, and cracked up somewhere in Texas, reported in poor condition on the flying field at El Paso, Texas.” There is no indication whether “poor condition” refers to the airplane or the pilot.

Inspector Hall reported on 6/3/1930, “This plane was flown to El Paso, Texas by two men, and was stored at El Paso municipal airport. Men registered at Gateway Hotel waiting for $$$ which did not arrive. Gateway Hotel took over airplane and two parachutes. Left outside hangar – instruments stolen and plane wrecked by weather, kids and souvenir hunters. The motor, a 300 HP Hisso c/n 6111, was removed and is now stored at airport by the Gateway Hotel.” The airplane’s license had been cancelled as of 5/20/1930. Its fate may be a result of the Great Depression.


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