Registration Number NC3910
It Lead a Hard Life
This aircraft is a Ryan B-1 Brougham, S/N 59 (ATC 25). It
shares lineage with the “Spirit of St. Louis”,
but was built during the following year. The B.F. Mahoney
Aircraft Co., San Diego, CA manufactured it on 1/6/1928. It
was equipped with a 220 HP Wright J-5C engine, S/N 8172. It
weighed 3,300 pounds.
Southwest Ryan Airlines, Inc., 1204 Atlas Bldg., Tulsa, OK
(Al Henley, Mgr.) purchased it on 1/13/28. This Ryan passed
through the Davis-Monthan Airfield once on 1/13/1928, enroute
from San Diego to San Antonio. Although not specified in the
Register, this must have been a ferry flight from the factory
to its next owner, John Frost of San Antonio, who bought the
airplane on 1/16/28.
It changed hands four more times until 1936. It must have
had terrible treatment, since the records describe the “fabric
on fuselage & tail surfaces in bad condition” in
1930. In 1931 it suffered minor damage, “but rear of
fuselage & tail surfaces found broken & bent from
service prior to accident. Disapproved on insp. 7/14/31.”
In 1936, its last owner writes, “This ship has been
thoroughly dismantled and scattered over the proverbial half-acre.
The engine is now on my Travel Air and the rest is on several