This airplane is a Ryan B-1 Brougham, S/N 29. It landed once at Tucson, Monday, June 6, 1927 at 4:15PM. It was flown by Frank M. Hawks who carried D.W. Campbell as passenger. Based in Houston, TX, they were eastbound from San Diego, CA to Houston and then on to Washington, DC. They
wrote in the Remarks column of the Register, "Enroute
to Washington." They must have been in a hurry, because they remained on the ground only until 5PM before continuing east.
The Ryan they were flying was used by Hawks in the 1927
Ford Reliability Tour. The Tour that year did not pass through
Tucson, although the 1928
Tour did. Below is a photograph of the airplane, courtesy of site contributor Tim Kalina.
NC3009 Behind Fuel Truck, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Kalina)
Mr. Kalina says about his photograph, "Although we can only see the wing of the Brougham it is a neat photo due to all the activity around the plane. Note that the man on the left and the man on the right (with hands in pocket and white hats) appear to have the same tailor!" Indeed, the activity could be during one of the scheduled stops at some point in the 1927 Ford Reliability Tour. Below, the back of the photo above, showing the stamp reading "Bob Hauser & Sons Photographs." The Hausers were based at Buffalo, NY.
NC3009 Behind Fuel Truck, Caption, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Kalina)
Another image is available on Hawks' page at the link. Please direct your browser there for some other details regarding the airplane.
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