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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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Registration Number 7176

You Oughta Be In Pictures

This aircraft is an American Eagle S/N 290 (ATC #2-55 pending) built in August 1928 by the American Eagle Aircraft Corp., Kansas City, MO. It left the factory with a 150 HP Hispano-Suiza A-model engine, S/N 3654.

It sold on August 17, 1928 to Associated Aircraft Corp. of Hollywood, CA. It landed at Tucson September 5, 1928 piloted by J.C. Barnett. He and his passenger, H.P. Joyce, were westbound from Roswell, NM. They stayed in Tucson overnight and went on to Los Angeles the next morning.

Exactly a week later, on September 13, 1928, the airplane suffered an accident at Burbank, CA. Its pilot, E.C. Cook (transport license #2127) had minor injuries; two passengers, E.H. Wilson and H.E. Bruce suffered serious injuries. The airplane was a “washout” and the fuselage and engine were sold “as is” to Kurt H. Schober of Alhambra, CA. It was reported as being completely rebuilt as of January 21, 1929.

Up to early 1936 it sold six more times, remaining in the southern California area. On January 29, 1936 it was sold to Paramount Productions, Hollywood, CA. From an affidavit of March 5, 1936, the, “aircraft is being dismantled as a practical unit, and hereafter will be used only as a motion picture prop.” Its registration was cancelled March 17, 1936.


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