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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 airplane is an Alexander Eaglerock long wing model (S/N 172; STC #unidentified). It was manufactured on June 1, 1927 by Alexander Aircraft Company, Denver, CO.  It came from the factory with an OX-5 engine (S/N 4766) of 90 HP.  It was a three-place airplane, weighing 2,120 pounds gross.

It was purchased on June 24, 1927 by Dr. Linnie A. Cale, Los Angeles, CA via Aero Corporation of California.  The airplane landed at Tucson on October 7, 1927 flown by George Faw (Faw and Cale operated a passenger service out of Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA).  He carried passenger H.C. Baber.  They were eastbound from Los Angeles, CA to El Paso, TX.

The airplane must have been used hard, because on February 15, 1928 it sold to Wesley Page, Los Angeles, CA, with engine serial number 929, and was disapproved for licensing as “very bad” five months later.  It must have been repaired, because it was licensed on September 22nd.

It sold on May 7, 1929 to Benjamin Ray Balderston who had it reconditioned and re-covered by Rocheville Aircraft Corp., Los Angeles, CA.  Balderston kept it for a little over two years and sold it on January 21, 1931 to George Stevens and Harold Paxton, Sanger, CA.  They had an accident with it at Sanger two months later on March 7, 1931.  Repairs were not completed and they sold the engine in November.

Then things got annoying.  A couple of years later a letter of June 27, 1934 from Balderston states that he had a lien on the airplane and would foreclose as of August 24, 1934.  Unfortunately Stevens and Paxton had sold the airplane to Hubert Harland in 1932 (with no papers).  Harland sold it to Warner Brothers in 1933 to use in a motion picture crack-up scene, which they did! 

Balderston regained possession of the carcass and registered it again.  He had it overhauled in 1934 and installed OX-5 engine S/N 6179.  It did not last much longer.  For its final disposition, it was reported sold as of August 6, 1937 to Harry Bolein Sign Company, Los Angeles, CA.  It was dismantled and the registration cancelled December 17, 1937.  No further information.


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