A-7526 Ford XJR-1, Date Unknown
(Source: Klein Collection)
At right, A-7526, a Ford XJR-1. This
airplane is equipped with three Wright J-4 engines of 200HP
each. This is an official U.S. Navy photo (note title board
in the foreground). This airplane followed a pattern during
1928-29 of approximately semi-annual trips between Washington,
DC and San Diego, CA.
During its cross-country travels, this big Ford landed at
Tucson at least six times. The first two landings were flown
by Lt. S.W. Callaway on April 19 and April 27, 1928. Based
at Anacostia, Washington, DC, on the first visit Lt. Callaway
carried one passenger westbound from El Paso, TX to San Diego,
CA. On the 27th he carried nine passengers returning east
The airplane must have made another trip west, because on
June 6, 1928 we find it at Tucson again eastbound from San
Diego to Washington carrying seven passengers. The pilot
this time was Lt. Cdr. G.R. Bowes.
On February 12, 1929 it landed at Tucson flown by J.J. Clarke
carrying six passengers. Bowes was his copilot and they were
westbound El Paso, TX to San Diego. This particular flight was cited in the N.A.S. San Diego section of the Bureau of Aeronautics Newsletter of March 6, 1929, below. Passengers Turner and Page are signed in the Register.
Bureau of Aeronautics Newsletter, March 6, 1929 (Source: Webmaster)
The return trip to Anacostia is also logged in the Register. On February 17, 1929
Clarke arrived from Imperial, CA eastbound to El Paso. His
copilot was G.R. Bowes. They carried five passengers.
The final landing at Tucson was on June 19, 1929 flown by
W.G. Tomlinson (see below for another mention of Tomlinson).
He carried one passenger identified as "Assistant Secretary
of the Navy". They were westbound from El Paso to Los
During the Ford Reliability Tour of 1927, this airplane was used as a press ship for reporters and VIPs and assigned the moniker, "Advance Pathfinder Airplane and Official Tour Airplane". It was based at N.A.S. Anacostia in 1927 and carried Detroit News reporter and Register pilot James V. Piersol.
Another image of A-7526 is available at the Russell
T. Gerow Collection on this site.
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