Registration Number 7282
Tortuous Stewardship As An Airplane,
And As Parts
This aircraft is a Travel Air 3000, S/N 564. The Travel Air
Manufacturing Co., Wichita, KS, built it on June 27, 1928. It was
fitted with a Hispano-Suiza E engine of 180 HP, S/N 82811.
It weighed 2,590 pounds. It was sold less engine on July 24, 1928
to H.C. Lippiatt of Hollywood, CA for $3,040. Lippiatt was
a Travel Air dealer.
The airplane sold to Phillip J. Marule and Julian R. Wagy
of Bakersfield, CA on August 8, 1928, then to Western College of Aeronautics,
Los Angeles, on August 13, 1928. There is no record of sale prices
during these rapid exchanges, but Marule and Wagy installed
the Hisso engine as indicated above.
This Travel Air landed once at Tucson on March 24, 1929 piloted
by Julian R. Wagy. He carried one unidentified passenger on
their way from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA. His homebase was
identified as Kern County Airport, Bakersfield,
A sale on May 14, 1929 to Golden State Airways, Inc., Bakersfield,
indicates a corporate exchange. Golden State was owned by
Wagy. It left the corporate umbrella on September 29, 1930 when it sold
to Ralph Young and L. Smithurst of Oakland, CA. Then on October 20, 1930
it changed hands back to Marule and Wagy in Bakersfield.
They sold it back north on December 26, 1930 to the East Bay Flying
Club, Oakland, CA. On May 3, 1931 it suffered an accident at Isleton,
CA and was disassembled as of August 7, 1931. As of October 17, 1933, the
airplane was, “not being used, and parts have been loaned
to Duck Air Services, Oakland, CA.” Some of these parts
“to be returned” were used on NC9049, which landed
at Tucson on June 19, 1929. I have no information on this airplane,
so I am looking
for help with it.
On January 6, 1939 7282 was purchased for parts by F.H. Nolta
of Willow, CA. Nolta had, “no intention of rebuilding.”
The fuselage was purchased to built up Travel Air NR2123.
The final disposition of this airplane was that it was dismantled
and used for parts. Its registration was cancelled May 12, 1939.
UPLOADED: 7/24/05 REVISED: 09/12/11