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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.


Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.


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 NC10847

STINSON SM-6000 B NC10847


This airplane is a Stinson SM-6000B (S/N 5046; ATC #420) manufactured in June 1931 by Stinson Aircraft Corporation, Wayne, MI.  It came from the factory with three Lycoming R-680 engines of 215 HP each.  It was an eleven-place airplane weighing 8,600 pounds gross.

It was purchased on June 25, 1931 by Century Pacific Lines, Ltd., Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale, CA.  We find the airplane in Tucson twice during Century Pacifics’ ownership, on November 16th and 17, 1931. 

On the 16th it was flown by W.H. Smiley.  He carried two unidentified passengers inbound from Phoenix, AZ.  He gave no destination.  The second visit on the 17th was piloted by Paul C. Williams.  He carried a single unidentified passenger inbound from Phoenix, AZ.  He gave no destination. 

Century flew the airplane another six-months and sold it to American Airways, Inc., Chicago, IL, who flew it for three years before transferring it on On May 18, 1935 to Decatur Flying Service, Decatur, IL.  It changed hands four more times up to 1838, moving back and forth between IL and PA. 

On September 5, 1938 it suffered a ground accident at Kankakee, IL and was completely destroyed by fire.  No further information.


UPLOADED: 04/02/06 REVISED: 12/13/11

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