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Registration Number NC3018

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This aircraft is a Waco 9, S/N 385. The Advance Aircraft Co., Troy, OH built it on 6/4/1927. It was equipped with a 90 HP Curtiss OX-5 engine, S/N 4579. It weighed 2,100 pounds. It was purchased on 6/4/1927 by American Aircraft Corp. (Theodore T. Hull, Pres.), Merritt Bldg., Los Angeles, CA. American Aircraft was a Waco distributor, based at Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA. It changed hands 13 times in its 16-year life, with all owners living in California.

On what was probably its maiden voyage from Ohio, this Waco landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield on 6/24/1927. The solo pilot, Frederic Whitney, noted in the remarks column that it was a “ferry flight”. He arrived from El Paso at 11:00 AM, spent the night, and departed for Los Angeles, and American Aircraft Corp., the next morning at 4:00 AM. While on the ground, he and his airplane were inspected by the U.S. Border Patrol.

On 2/19/1928 Walter E. and Hal Roach (of motion picture fame), 1237 Stanley Ave., Los Angeles, CA, purchased it for $1,687.50. OX-5 engine c/n M-5172 was installed, and it was flown for about a year and a half. It then changed hands every year or so until record of it was lost.

On 5/3/1929 it was sold for $1,500.00 to Eva M. Maybery, 1711 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA. New lower wings were installed as of 5/2/1929 at a cost of $236.50 per wing. There is no information on why the wings needed to be replaced.

On 7/1/1929 it was sold to Morey Johnson, 747 No. Wilcox St., Hollywood, CA. Then on 8/6/1929 it was again sold to Tony Naccarato, Pomona & Central Sts., Brea, CA. It was disapproved (reason not given) upon inspection on 1/6/1933. The spars were reinforced as of 2/17/1933 and it was sold again.

It was bought on 5/2/1933 by Cecil W. James, Box 214, Anaheim, CA. He sold it to Lloyd W. Warfield, Associated Oil Lease, House #3, Brea, CA. Warfield sold it on 9/8/1934 to Wilbur J. Stafford, 3699 Clifton Place, Montrose, CA.

Mr. Stafford flew it for four years. On 10/14/1938 it was involved in an accident at Clearwater, CA. There was damage to the lower wings and propeller. Mr. Stafford was cited in violation, because the airplane had been disapproved for license on 9/12/1938 due to bad fabric. OX-5 c/n 6245 was fitted at the time of the accident.

It was purchased, with OX-5 c/n CD1001, on 7/26/39 for $325.00 by James C. Hutton, 912 West School St., Compton, CA. He flew it for eighteen months and sold it to Arnold J. Wiese, 910 Wilmington Ave., Compton, CA. Through agent Troy L. Colboch, Mr. Wiese sold it on 11/1/1941 to Jack and Guy Kendall, Box 123, Ramona, CA for $200.00.

Two weeks later, on 11/15/1941, it was purchased by Derward W. Granger (student permit #5429628), 600 So. Williamson St., Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Granger, born in 1914, kept it for the first two years of WWII then sold it on 11/30/1943 to Harry Stull, 4201 East Florence St., Bell, CA. There was no bill of sale or application for license forthcoming from Mr. Stull, and mail was returned unclaimed. The airplane’s registration was cancelled August 21, 1949.


UPLOADED: 6/9/05 REVISED:11/18/08

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