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There is no data for 29-407 in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


There is no biographical file for pilot McDaniel in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


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FOKKER C-7A, 29-407

According to Joe Baugher's Site, 29-407 was a Fokker C-7A, S/N 1501. It was delivered to Wright Field March 24, 1930 as P597. It was redesignated XC-7A April, 1930. It reverted to the C-7A designation March, 1931 and surveyed November 1, 1934 at San Antonio Air Depot, TX.

In between these times it landed once at Tucson sometime between Sunday, December 25, 1932 and January 9, 1933. It was flown by Army pilot Lt. C.B. McDaniel. Based at Randolph Field, Shertz, TX, he carried seven unidentified passengers westbound from Shertz. He did not list a final destination. From the context of the Register, McDaniel appeared to be in a flight of two with another Fokker C-7A, 29-409 flown by fellow army pilot, Lt. R.E. Cobb. Cobb also carried seven unidentified passengers. 29-409 landed two additional times during August, 1933.

The San Diego Aerospace Museum (SDAM) provides the photograph below of 29-407. The photo is undoubtedly focused on a feature of this particular aircraft.

Fokker C-7A, March 14, 1930 (Source: SDAM)
Fokker C-7A, March 14, 1930 (Source: SDAM)

The photo shows a tail wheel assembly installed in place of the standard tail skid. Note the closeness of the date of this photograph with the date that the aircraft was redesgnated as an XC-7A. The installation of this tail wheel could have been the reason for the "X," or experimental, desgnation.



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