STINSON SM-6000 B NC10872
This airplane is a Stinson SM-6000B (S/N 5048; ATC #420)
manufactured in July 1931 by Stinson Aircraft Corporation,
Wayne, MI. It came from the factory with three Lycoming
R-680 engines (S/N L 615, R 614, C 610) of 215 HP each. It
was an eleven-place airplane weighing 8,600 pounds gross.
It was purchased on August 18, 1931 by Century Pacific Lines,
Ltd., Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale,
find NC10872 in Tucson probably on August 18, 1931 flown
by Frank Glennan. He was carrying as passenger J.R.
Wright. They were westbound from Chicago, IL to Los
Angeles, CA. This was probably the maiden voyage of
this new airplane from the manufacturer.
The airplane was sold on March 31, 1932 to American Airways,
Inc., New York, NY and converted to a nine-passenger/mail
transport. It flew with American for two years, then
changed hands eight times through the remainder of the 1930s.
One exchange of note is the sale on September 2, 1936 by
the Memphis Flying Club, Memphis, TN to Mid South Airways
Corp., Memphis, TN. This sale was consummated by Phoebe
Omlie, the executor of her husband’s (D.C. Omlie) estate.
A “conditional sale” of this airplane seems
to have gone sour on November 29, 1940. No record of
its activity supersedes that date. The registration
was cancelled on December 1, 1941. No further information.
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