Registration Number NC3648
This aircraft is a Ryan B-1 Brougham, S/N 54 (ATC 25). It appeared in the Tucson Register twice. It
shares lineage with the “Spirit
of St. Louis”, and was built during the same year.
The B.F. Mahoney Aircraft Co., San Diego, CA manufactured
it on December 1, 1927. It was equipped with a 220 HP Wright J-5C
engine, S/N 8149. It weighed 3,300 pounds. J. “Jim” Langford Stack of 411 S. Ardmore, Los
Angeles, CA bought it for $7,500.
It first landed at Tucson
on July 25, 1928, flown by a pilot whose name reflects his vocation, “Ace” Bragunier. Interestingly, we also have photographs of it on the ground at Ford Airport, Dearborn, MI on June 30, 1928 at the start of the 1928 Edsel Ford Reliability Tour. Bragunier carried one passenger, G.E. Flaherty. They indentified their home base as Los Angeles. They arrived at Tucson from Detroit, MI and were headed westbund to Los Angeles.
It was well-used. It exchanged hands five times and accumulated 1,738
flight hours as of June 23, 1934. It was bought June 24, 1934 by
Floyd Kenneth Wright of St. John, ND, who flew NC3648 to Tucson
on October 28, 1934. Wright must have taken the airplane to ND, as
his address changed to Minot. While there, he had a tail wheel
Its second landing occurred on Thursday, October 18, 1934 at 10:45AM. The pilot was Floyd Kenneth Wright and he carried as his single passenger a Miss Coghlan. Based at Santa Ana, CA. they arrived at Tucson from El Paso, TX and cited their destination as Los Angeles.
The photo shows the airplane in the late 1920s (no tail wheel
yet). By painting on the side of the fuselage, the owner,
probably Stack, proclaimed it as the "Sister Ship of
'Spirit of St. Louis'".
Does anyone recognize any of the people in the photo, or the
geography? The person standing at the rear of the fuselage looks a little like pilot Ace Bragunier.
Below, another, closer photograph of the fuselage of NC3648 from ca. 1929. This photograph is courtesy of the University of Nevada, Reno UNRen). The woman is unidentified. Location is probably Nevada. The top line of lettering on the door reads "PALM SPRINGS." The lower line is unreadable.
NC3648, 1929, Nevada (?) Source: UNReno)
In June 1935, Wright moved to Santa Ana, CA and the airplane
stayed in “dead storage” for six months. It changed
hands twice in 1935-6 and was damaged in an accident at Palmdale,
CA on March 18, 1936.
During the next decade or so, NC3648 changed hands five more
times, making its way from Los Angeles to Oconomowoc, WI,
back to Laredo, TX and was sold for $275, finally, to Fred
Harman, San Marcos Flying Service, San Marcos, TX. Here the
record lapses and the registration was cancelled on March 31, 1948. No further information.
NC3648 also appeared once in the Peterson Field Register, Colorado Springs, CO flown by Eddie Martin. It is signed in no other Registers.
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