Registration Number 3786
A Local Tucson Airplane
This airplane is an Alexander “comb-wing” Eaglerock,
c/n 369. The Alexander Aircraft Company, Denver, CO built
it on 12/12/1927. It was fitted with “spur-type”
landing gear and a Curtiss OX-5 of 90 HP, S/N 6905. It weighed
2,120 pounds. It was unusual, in that it spent most of its
six-year life in the Tucson area.
Its initial sale and identification were convoluted, in that
it was originally sold, but not delivered to, the Aero Corporation
of California, 9819 South Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA. Rather
it was delivered to Steel Aircraft, Inc. of Omaha, NB. On
1/3/1928 a letter from Alexander requested a transfer of its
registration number to Eaglerock c/n 405 with OX-5 engine,
c/n 4975. This change was authorized via a letter of authorization
and a temporary license was issued 1/10/1928.
This Eaglerock landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield nine
times between 1928 and 1930. Interestingly, its first visit
on 4/18/1928 at 4:00 PM was piloted by Jack
Frye carrying two (unidentified) passengers enroute
from Phoenix to Los Angeles. Mr. Frye was an important
figure in early air transport. He was president of the
Aero Corporation of California at that time (1926-1930).
He later served as president and director of TWA.
On 3/10/1928 the airplane was purchased by Mrs. Rose C.
Deal of 820 West Lee St., Seattle, WA. Its next three visits
to Davis-Monthan (5/22/1928, 6/21/1928 and 7/2/1928) were
piloted by Roy Pemberton, with “Mr.
& Mrs. G.E. Deal” as passengers. The remarks section
of the transient log records their comment on their first
visit: "Most beautiful field in the Southwest."
NC3786 was based at Tucson and used by Mrs. Deal's son,
Garrison E. Deal. According to the NASM record, it must have
suffered an accident, because, at the owner’s
request, the left lower wing spar was spliced on 8/1/1928.
The airplane was transferred to Mr. Deal (Box 1631,
Tucson, AZ) on 8/3/1928. Mr. Deal signed the Register with
the airplane on 10/5/1928.
Indeed, NC3786 was damaged as shown in the four excellent
According to the
Hudgin family, this damage and resulting repair were clearly
before it was bought by Alfred Hudgin, below. Another accident
occurred after it was owned by Mr. Hudgin (no images). The
accident occurred at Tucson when the airplane was being flown
by Lynn Hodson (did not sign the Register). Hodson crashed
it in a flat spin in the middle of the Airfield and there
was nothing left of the airplane. Hodson walked away.
Getting back to the story, on 1/17/1930 NC3786 was purchased
Alfred A. Hudgin, Box 195, Nogales, AZ with 347:50 hours
total time (averaging about 115 hours per year). The final
four flights to the Davis-Monthan Airfield were piloted
by Mr. Hudgin, carrying Stan Gould on 2/16/1930 and 6/4/1930,
and John Foster on 8/31/1930 and 10/26/1930. They were flying
back and forth from Nogales. The following image shows Mr.
Hudgin with NC3786.
On 3/5/1931 the airplane was finally purchased by A. Pafford,
Box 2095, Tucson, AZ for $650.00. It was disapproved for
license on 3/11/1931, no answers were given to questionnaires,
and the airplane’s license was cancelled on 2/10/1933.
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