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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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This aircraft is a Mohawk Pinto MLV, S/N 121 (ATC #?) manufactured in November, 1928 by the Mohawk Aircraft Corp., Minneapolis, MN.  It left the factory with a 45 HP Velie engine, S/N 1104.  It was a two-place airplane.  There was no application made for an “NC” registration, therefore the registration is simply “395”.

The airplane was manufactured as a factory demonstrator and was never sold to a public entity.  In fact, an affidavit from the factory on November 24, 1928 states that, “Velie engine c/n 1104 originally installed in Mohawk Pinto MLV c/n 113 (Ident. # -7199).  This airplane never left the factory or has been flown.  Engine is to be installed in c/n 121.”

Less than two months later, on January 14, 1929, the airplane landed at Tucson.  Based at Minneapolis, MN, it arrived westbound from Lordsburg, NM flown by H.W. Sheridan accompanied by Mrs. Sheridan.  They arrived at 5:30 PM.  At that time of year there was little to no daylight left.

The NASM record for 395 shows a sad final disposition for the airplane.  It suffered an accident at Tucson on January 14, 1929, killing its pilot, H.M. O’Toole (transport license # 4068) and one passenger.  The airplane was demolished and scrapped.  There is mention of the passenger's name. There was still no record that it was sold to anyone.

Pilot O’Toole had landed at Tucson a few months earlier, flying Mohawk MLV 7296.  He was probably interested to see another Mohawk at Tucson, because it was a relatively rare brand.  We can hear him compare notes with Sheridan about the flying characteristics of the little airplane, and ask if might fly it, “just for the feel of it.” 

It was dark.  A takeoff in Tucson at the time would have resulted in rapid loss of horizontal reference as the dark sky blended with the dark mountains.  There was no recovery from the ensuing stall and spin. Alternatively, the airplane had a long flight from Lordsburg and it may have been very low on gas. If it was not refueled before O'Toole's flight, it could easily have run out of gas. Refer to this link and scroll down a couple of images to see the immediate aftermath of the crash. The lack of fire suggests it may have run out of fuel.

In the Register the departure date and destination columns remain eerily empty for 395.

THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 04/09/06 REVISED: 02/11/07

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