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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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BUHL LA-1 8461

Registration Number 8461

Sparse Record; Short Life

This aircraft is a Buhl LA-1 S/N 3 (ATC #2-25) "Bull Pup" built in January, 1931 by Buhl Aircraft Company, Marysville, MI. It had a 45 HP Szekeley SRO(3RA) engine, S/N 759. It left the factory as a single-place airplane.

The Buhl company requested an “NX” registration for the airplane, for reasons not recorded. There is no record of bill of sale or owner name(s). The record does state that the airplane was flown to California, based at Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA. Follow this link and scroll down a few images to see an picture of this airplane on the ground at Tucson. Another photograph of the airplane, on skis, is below from Popular Aviation magazine (PA), March, 1931.

Buhl 8461 in Popular Aviation Magazine, March, 1931 (Source: PA)

The Register tells us that this brand new airplane landed at Tucson on February 1, 1931, piloted by Roger M. Batchelder. He was westbound from El Paso, TX to Spokane, WA. He recorded the aircraft registration in the Register as, simply, “8461” leaving as a mystery any hint of its experimental nature. He wrote in the Remarks column of the Register, "Flying Bull Pup".

The following month after landing at Tucson the airplane suffered an accident at Meacham, OR on March 29, 1931 and was judged a “washout.” The registration was cancelled August 15, 1931.


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