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BOEING FB-1 A-6891

I don't have a lot of information about this airplane, but it does have a Hollywood credit, so we'll go with what we have. A-6891 is a Boeing FB-1. Joe Baugher's site identifies it as one of a series of Bureau numbers A-6884 through A-6893. It is probably serial number 745.

It landed twice at Tucson. The first landing was on Tuesday, December 14, 1926. The solo pilot was W.J. Wallace, who arrived from El Paso, TX and identified himself as a 1st Lieutenant. He landed at 4:30PM, remained overnight and departed at 12:45 the next afternoon westbound to San Diego, his home base. Wallace noted in the Remarks column of the Register, "Transcontinental flight".

The second landing came almost three years later on Thursday, August 22, 1929. The solo pilot, based at Washington, DC, was H.B. Pentland. He was eastbound from Yuma, AZ to El Paso, TX, probably returning to Washington. He noted in the Remarks column, "Department of Commerce". Pentland, indeed, was an officer with the DOC. You can see a photograph of him on Gilbert Budwig's page. The group photograph is keyed so that Pentland is easy to find at the lower right.

This second landing was as part of a flight of three Boeing FB-1 fighters. The other two aircraft were A-6885 and A-6890.

As far as Hollywood is concerned, this airplane appears in a motion picture from 1929 entitled simply, "Fighter". The film was directed by Frank Capra and stars Jack Holt and Ralph Graves. Cinematography was by Elmer Dyer, famous for his aerial films of the 20s and 30s, including "Hell's Angels." Dyer is cited in numerous places in the Wynne reference. Another film by Capra and Dyer starring the same people is cited, with a film clip, on Frederick Trapnell's page.

You see the airplane only briefly in the opening scene as it approaches for a landing. The nose-high attitude during the approach is evident, as is the flexion of the main gear when it lands, and the action of the tail skid digging into the ground. The number on the tail of the airplane is visible only briefly as the plane taxis to a stop. Its squadron number was 6-F-4 in the movie.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 12/22/09 REVISED: 12/22/14, 11/13/17

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