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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 Further, NC10810 appeared in the Grand Central Air Terminal Register.

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STINSON SM-6000 B NC10845

STINSON SM-6000 B NC10845


This airplane is a Stinson SM-6000B (S/N 5044; ATC #420) manufactured in June 1931 by Stinson Aircraft Corporation, Wayne, MI.  It came from the factory with three Lycoming R-680 engines (S/N L 567, R 499, C 505) of 215 HP each.  It was an eleven-place airplane weighing 8,600 pounds gross.

It was purchased on June 20, 1931 by Century Pacific Lines, Ltd., Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale, CA.  We find the airplane in Tucson flown by Frank Glennan on June 26, 1931.  He carried two passengers, George Cox and W.B. Jessup.  They were westbound from Tulsa, OK to Los Angeles, CA.

Century Pacific sold NC10845 to American Airways, Inc., Chicago, IL on March 31, 1932.  This sale must have been part of Century’s dispersal of resources, since a sister ship NC10843 was sold to American on the same date.  American flew it as an eight-place passenger/mail carrier until 1933.  It was reported in dead storage in Tulsa, OK as of May 8, 1934.

A year later, on May 16, 1935, NC10845 was sold to Appalachian Flying Service, Inc., Jackson City, TN and reconverted to an eleven-place passenger ship.  Appalachian flew it for four years and sold it to Southern Airlines, Greenville, SC on April 20, 1939.  It sold twice more, finally being sold to Blevins Aircraft Corp, Hapeville, GA who overhauled and re-covered it before selling it to Transportes Aereos Tampico, Tampico, Mexico.

A letter of enquiry went out about the airplane on March 25, 1948.  The response stated that the airplane was sold into Mexico on April 8, 1942.  No further information.


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