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TRAVEL AIR 3000 NC3824

Registration Number NC3824

A Typical Story

This aircraft is a Travel Air 3000, S/N 307 (ATC 31), manufactured 12/15/27 by Travel Air manufacturing Co., Wichita, KS. It had an Hispano-Suiza Model E-2 180 HP engine installed (S/N 6187) furnished by the purchaser.

It was flown away from the factory on 1/21/28 by H.C. Strader of Long Beach, for the price of $3,735 minus the engine cost.

It landed at Tucson on 1/27/1928 piloted by Arthur Goebel with Mr. Strader as passenger. They had arrived from Garden City, NY Mitchel Field and were on their way to Hollywood. Mr. Strader landed at Tucson on 4/8/1928, arriving from San Diego on his way to New York.

Strader kept the Travel Air for seven months before selling to Louis H. Tuckson of Los Angeles on 8/15/28. Tuckson sold it to Barry Barnes, Boeing Field, Seattle, WA on 5/22/31.

It must have suffered some damage (before or after transfer?), since Barnes installed Hisso engine C/N SC-43 on 6/22/31, a new center section, and tail assembly and fittings from the factory. It suffered an accident on 7/4/31 that required repair, “with factory parts” and reinstallation of Hisso engine C/N 6187.

A year later, on 5/30/32 it was damaged beyond repair (no details given) and the Mr. Strader requested cancellation of the registration.

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