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There is no biographical file for pilot NC3947 in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.


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TRAVEL AIR 3000 NC3947

This airplane is still still registered with the FAA and at last check it is flying in Missouri. It landed once at Tucson, Thursday, April 4, 1929 at 12:25PM. The solo pilot was Ben Catlin. He identified his home base as Los Angeles, CA, and arrived at Tucson from Naco, AZ. He cited his destination as Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Catlin taught another Register pilot, Pancho Barnes, how to fly. He soloed her on Sept. 6, 1928. Below is a photograph of NC3947 as it exists at the upload date of this page. Please review the link for other vintage aircraft.

Travel Air 3000, NC3947, Missouri, Date Unknown (Source: Link)
Travel Air 3000, NC3947, Missouri, Date Unknown (Source: Link)

A contributor to, Andrew King, emails and states, "I have a lot of time in Model 3000 NC3947.  It was owned for many years in the 1990s and 2000s by my good friend Denny Trone....  I probably have about 40 hours of flying in it.... he sold the 3000 to the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum in St. Louis, where it is maintained in flying condition." Mr. King also states, "It was also an historic aircraft as it was flown by Clarence Clark in the 1926 Ford Air Tour, as pictured [at the San Diego Aerospace Museum Flickr stream]."

Besides its single landing at Tucson, NC3947 landed twice at Clover Field, and three times at the Grand Central Air Terminal. Please direct your browser to those links to learn about the contexts of those landings.

Photographs of NC3947 from 1982 are at this link and this one. At that time it was painted a light yellow, it carries S/N 321.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 01/25/13 REVISED: 01/14/14

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