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This cabin Waco NC13424 landed once at Tucson on July 25, 1933 flown by Francis D. "Chief" Bowhan. He carried two passengers, Mrs. Henry King and a Capt. Barkley. Based at Burbank, CA they were eastbound from Los Angeles, CA to "North Carolina". "T1392" was noted next to pilot's name; undoubtedly his transport pilot license number. The airplane is pictured below.

WACO UIC NC13424 (Source: Heins)

The date and location of this image are unknown, but the gentleman is the owner of the airplane, Henry King. This airplane bore S/N 3777 and it was manufactured during 1933. The herald on the vertical stabilizer is identifiable in the original image as the King coat of arms. Below, another photo of King with his airplane. It looks like these two photos were taken on the same day at the same location. The image below is from this 1937 REFERENCE, page 205.

WACO UIC NC13424 (Source: AYB)
WACO UIC NC13424 (Source: AYB)

Below, a closer image of NC13424 with the cabin door open and Mr. King standing as for departure. Henry King of Los Angeles, CA was a movie producer, director and actor. He lived from 1886-1982. He has a good Web presence.

NC13424, Date Unknown
NC13424, Date Unknown

King also has an impressive list of credits in the movie industry. Relevant to our interests, King directed "A Yank in the R.A.F" (1941) and wrote and directed "Twelve O'Clock High" starring Gregory Peck (1949, right sidebar). Register pilot Frank Armstrong was the WWII B-17 pilot that inspired Peck's character in the movie.


UPLOADED: 10/07/07 REVISED: 02/17/08, 03/31/08, 04/16/08, 06/16/11, 10/18/16

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President (as of the upload date of this page) Andy Heins of the National Waco Club sent the image at left. Andy  runs the day to day business of the Club, and we should all thank him for the effort he expended to help us understand better the Waco aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield way back when.
King's Film, "Twelve O'Clock High"
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