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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 (NASM), Washington, DC.




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The Congress of Ghosts is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of and the 10th year of effort on the project dedicated to analyze and exhibit the history embodied in the Register of the Davis-Monthan Airfield, Tucson, AZ. This book includes over thirty people, aircraft and events that swirled through Tucson between 1925 and 1936. It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders. Order your copy at the link.


Military Aircraft of the Davis Monthan Register, 1925-1936 is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs the majority of military aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1925 and 1936. The book includes biographies of some of the pilots who flew the aircraft to Tucson as well as extensive listings of all the pilots and airplanes. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author, while supplies last.


Art Goebel's Own Story by Art Goebel (edited by G.W. Hyatt) is written in language that expands for us his life as a Golden Age aviation entrepreneur, who used his aviation exploits to build a business around his passion.  Available as a free download at the link.


Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race is available at the link. What was it like to fly from Oakland to Honolulu in a single-engine plane during August 1927? Was the 25,000 dollar prize worth it? Did the resulting fame balance the risk? For the first time ever, this book presents the pilot and navigator's stories written by them within days of their record-setting adventure. Pilot Art Goebel and navigator William V. Davis, Jr. take us with them on the Woolaroc, their orange and blue Travel Air monoplane (NX869) as they enter the hazardous world of Golden Age trans-oceanic air racing.


Clover Field: The First Century of Aviation in the Golden State. With the 100th anniversary in 2017 of the use of Clover Field as a place to land aircraft in Santa Monica, this book celebrates that use by exploring some of the people and aircraft that made the airport great.



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According to data from the NASM, this airplane is a Ryan B-5, S/N 213 manufactured on August 5, 1929 under ATC# 142 by the Ryan Aircraft Corp., St. Louis, MO.  It left the factory with a R-975-A engine (S/N 10583) of 300 HP.  It was a six-place land monoplane, licensed on August 12, 1929. The truncated blueprint below is from the SDAM Flickr stream and shows NC314K as it was when new. Note the paint scheme.

1929 Blueprint, Ryan NC314K (Source: SDAM Flickr Stream)
1929 Blueprint, Ryan NC314K (Source: SDAM Flickr Stream)

Note someone edited the airplane number to NC731M, also a Register airplane landing twice at Oakland Airport in 1930.

There is about a year's gap in the NASM data for NC314K. Apparently it was operated during that year by Pickwick Airways, Tom Morgan, President. I called the Archives desk at the NASM and asked about the gap in their record. They said it could be due to a leasing arrangement between Ryan and Pickwick (the airline liquidated its assets after closing down in the spring of 1930, an early victim of the Great Depression). Such leasing arrangements do not show up in the official federal records, because there is no change in ownership.

Regardless, below is a crisp image (credit, right sidebar) of 314K in Pickwick Airways livery.

NC314K in Pickwick Airways Livery, Date & Location Unknown (Source: AAHS)
NC314K in Pickwick Airways Livery, Date & Location Unknown (Source: AAHS)

Then, according to the NASM data, it sold on September 22, 1930 to the Detroit Aircraft Corp., c/o Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, CA. During Lockheed's ownership, NC314K landed at Tucson December 18, 1930 flown by Dean Farran.  He carried two passengers: Carl B. Squier and Jack Miller.  They were eastbound from Burbank to Ft. Worth, TX.  Capt. Carl B. Squier was the general manager of the Lockheed Aircraft Corp.  The purpose for the trip is not mentioned in the Register. Another, earlier photograph of NC314K is at Farran's link.

A few months later, Lockheed sold the airplane to Harry and William Anderson of Detroit, MI on April 16, 1931.  There are no details as to use or maintenance of the airplane under their ownership.  The Andersons sold it to Lou Rhodes of Virginia, MN on November 4, 1931.  By June 8, 1932 NC314K was converted to float plane configuration with Edo Q floats.  The total flight time reported as of September 14, 1932 was 521 hours.

A few months later a Treasury Department report states that the aircraft was seized in Lake Okeechobee, FL on February 18, 1933 carrying, “approximately 50 sacks of assorted liquors.”  The Department of Commerce number on the aircraft had been obliterated and replaced with “NC-81” painted on the underside of one wing. 

The pilot gave his name as Jack Wilson, described as a 49 year old former Pan Am pilot.  Treasury also had information that C.R. Rhodes, husband of Lou Rhodes, was also involved in smuggling.  The aircraft was subsequently stored at Dinner Key, Miami, FL.

The license for NC314K was cancelled by the Civil Aviation Authority circa February 20, 1933 and seized by the U.S. Bureau of Customs, Treasury Department.  It’s a pity the Rhodes’s didn’t wait a few months.  Prohibition was rescinded in December 1933.  The ultimage fate of the airplane is unknown.


UPLOADED: 12/23/07 REVISED: 11/30/09, 03/12/23

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The photograph of NC314K is shared with us by Hayden Hamilton, the Managing Editor of the Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society. The photographer was M.L. Bailey and the print comes from Allen Morgan's (a nephew of Tom Morgan) collection (AAHS image #, P004493).


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