Registration Number 2544
This airplane is a Martin Model 70 Commercial, S/N 96, one
of only two built. It was manufactured between March and July,
1924 by the Glen L. Martin Company, 16800 St. Clair Ave.,
Cleveland, OH. It was fitted with a Hispano-Wright engine,
S/N 6320, of 190 HP. This engine was built by Wright on June 16, 1923.
The aircraft weighed 3,335 pounds, had a wingspan of 38 feet,
wing area of 367 square feet and length of 27 feet 10 inches.
It was built, “for special flights carrying personnel
or property of Glenn L. Martin Co.”
It landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield on July 10, 1927 while
owned and operated by the Martin Co. The pilot was Kenneth
R. Cole carrying Arthur E. Davies as sole passenger. They
arrived from Gila Bend at 6:30 PM and departed for Cleveland at 8:30 PM that evening. It had logged about 98 hours total
time. During the two hours it was on the ground, it was inspected by the U.S. Border Patrol. No reason was given for the inspection.
It was reportedly (no bill of sale) sold on November 26, 1927 to
Automobile Sales Co., 918 Union Ave., Memphis, TN. It was
sold again in 1927 (no date given) to Charles F. Sterchi,
Mississippi Valley Airway, Knoxville, TN (and General Delivery,
West Palm Beach, FL). It suffered an accident on February 12, 1928
at Hialeah, FL. The pilot, Herbert Meigs Toomey of 721 43rd
St., West palm Beach, FL, and two passengers were unhurt.
It changed hands sometime in 1928, going to W.F. Walker,
West Palm Beach, FL. All papers were lost in a hurricane,
and the airplane was purchased on December 3, 1928 by Jack Walton,
2830 Morgan St., Tampa, FL. Walton said that the c/n of the
airplane was 94 on the manufacturer’s plate. It had no
engine as of April, 1929.
Hispano-Suiza engine c/n 81771 was installed as of June 24, 1929,
and it was assigned title without bills of sale on May 24, 1929.
On May 7, 1931 Hispano-Suiza engine c/n 86899 was installed,
“with a set of twin floats”.
It was sold on November 19, 1931 to Joseph S. Shannon, Hotel Poinsetta,
West Palm Beach, FL. It crashed at Bimini, Bahamas on December 15, 1931.
J.S. Shannon and Albert K Padaga were on board. The airplane
was “washed out” and its registration was cancelled
on February 9, 1932. No further information or photographs.
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