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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.


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Registration Number 2472

An Oldie But Goodie

This airplane is a Standard J-1, S/N R.W.1, manufactured c. 1917 by the Dayton Wright Company. This is one of the oldest aircraft, and one of eight Standards, to land at the Davis-Monthan Airfield. It was fitted with a Hispano-Suiza engine, S/N 230, of 180 HP. It weighed 2,387 pounds.

The first five years of its life are indistinct. It was probably originally sold to G.S. Ireland (by rail freight). The date of sale is unrecorded. The record picks up in 1922, when it was bought with 300 hours total time from G.S. Ireland by the Rinehart Whelan Company, Moraine Flying Field, Dayton, OH (owned by H.M. Rinehart and B.L. Whelan). It must have been involved in an accident, because Rinehart & Whelan rebuilt it. It received wings, landing gear, tail surfaces, cockpits and engine. In their hands it received a license on November 7, 1927.

It was sold to Sam F. Witten, 2909 First Ave., Phoenix, AZ on March 27, 1928 with 367 hours total time. It was sold again, and finally, on March 14, 1929 to G.W. Brophy, Arizona Flying Service, Van Buren Airport, Phoenix, AZ. It was Mr. Brophy who flew the airplane to Davis-Monthan Airfield at 10:30 AM on 7/4/1929. He carried Bly Collins as lone passenger. They were inbound from Los Angeles, CA, and they departed at noon for Phoenix.

The final disposition came when its license was canceled on 3/20/1930 after letters of inquiry were returned unopened. I have no further record of what happened to the airframe.


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UPLOADED: 06/09/05 REVISED: 03/12/06

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