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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.

There are a half dozen other SM-6000-B Stinsons that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield that share similar histories. Refer to this airplane's sister ships at these links: NC10814, NC10815, NC10843, NC10845, NC10847, NC10872, NC10893

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STINSON SM-6000 B NC10814

STINSON SM-6000 B NC10814


This airplane is a Stinson SM-6000B (S/N 5035; ATC #420) manufactured in May 1931 by Stinson Aircraft Corporation, Wayne, MI.  It came from the factory with three Lycoming R-680 engines (S/N L 501, R 487, C 510) of 315 HP each.  It was an eleven-place airplane.

It was purchased by Century Air Lines, Inc., Chicago, IL on May 18, 1931.  We find NC10814 in Tucson June 3, 1931 piloted by R.W. Cantwell.  He was carrying five passengers westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles.  On July 24, 1931 it was turned over to Century Pacific Lines, Ltd., Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale, CA.  It suffered an accident at San Diego, CA on August 29, 1931. 

Now, this will make contemporary aircraft owners go tsk, tsk, but here is the outcome of that accident.  It required “extensive repairs” using factory parts including a right wing, cowling on right engine, plus parts from the Stinson Division of the Cord Corporation in the amount of $945.25.  With a 30% discount the bill came to $661.58.  The prices on September 10, 1931 included: Fin, complete $73.00; Rudder $98.25; Stabilizer $233.00; Elevator $210.00; four lift struts at $79.50 and $85.00 each.

With those expenses, it’s little wonder the airplane was sold to American Airways, Inc., Chicago, IL on May 31, 1932.  It was converted as of May 15, 1933 to an 8- or 9-place passenger/mail transport.  Two years later it was sold to Delta Air Corporation, Monroe, LA.  It sold four more times up to 1940.

It suffered another accident on February 3, 1940 requiring “extensive repairs” to airframe and engines.  Both wings were re-covered and the fuselage repaired. The color scheme was changed from yellow and black to aluminum and black. It moved on April 30th to Caribbean-Atlantic Airlines, Inc., San Juan, P.R.

As of April 1, 1942 it received another overhaul; wings and fuselage re-covered; reupholstered interior.  In August 1945 it was sold to Gene H. Bell, Intercontinental Sales Co., San Juan, P.R.  A letter to Bell requested information on NC10814,  He answered in 1948, , “Plane not flown after purchase.  Dismantled for the engines and will never be flown again.”


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