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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, Washington, DC.

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Registration Number NC3809

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This aircraft is an Alexander “comb-wing” Eaglerock, S/N 379 (ATC 7) manufactured December 1927 by Alexander Aircraft Co., Denver, CO. It came equipped with a 90 HP OX-5 engine, S/N 2190. It weighed 2,120 pounds.

It sold on 11/29/27 (before manufacture?) to L.A. Carson, 1230 Ivola St. Los Angeles, CA. It came to Tucson from Phoenix on 1/14/1928, flown by Jack Frye, President of Aero Corporation of California. He was headed for Los Angeles. This was probably a ferry flight from the factory in Denver.

Ownership transferred to Aero Corporation of California (Eaglerock dealers) on 2/24/28, and the airplane was resold on 3/17/28 to Stanley R. Short, Short’s Airport, Rt.2 Box 205A, Gardena, CA with 50 hours total flying time. Apparently Mr. Short operated a flight training school at his field.

The airplane suffered “structural failure during aerobatic maneuvers” on 12/16/28, about a year after its manufacture. Pilot George Douglas Bolding, Gardena, CA, was killed. Passenger Harry Weymouth was uninjured. The “Airplane burned up.” Short was cited in violation for allowing students to fly without permits and for not properly reporting accidents. He was fined $500, which was mitigated to $100. The registration was cancelled 2/9/29.

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