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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 NC5137

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This aircraft is a Travel Air 2000, S/N 461 (ATC #30), manufactured April 24, 1928 by Travel Air Manufacturing Co., Wichita, KS. It left the factory with a 90 HP Curtiss OX-5 engine, S/N 4124. It weighed 2,100 pounds.

It sold the same day by H.C. Lippiatt of Hollywood, CA, a dealer in Travel Air aircraft, and flown away.

It landed at Tucson May 1, 1928 flown by Ralph Monter inbound from El Paso, TX headed for Santa Monica, CA. Chances are that Monter was hired by Lippiatt to fly the airplane to the west coast.

On may May 4, 1928 the airplane sold to Richard H. Williams of San Diego, CA. On November 8, 1928 the airplane was, “wrecked by falling into San Diego Bay…aerobatic maneuver, pilot thrown from ship after safety belt broke.” Pilot Lew O’Keefe (Private #4410) of San Diego was killed. His passenger, Marvin “Max” Dorland suffered no injuries (perhaps he parachuted?). The fuselage and engine were salvaged.

As a lesson of what not to do with an airframe that has been immersed in sea water, the wreck was sold to San Diego Air Service on November 8, 1928 to be repaired. The fabric was removed, a coating of red lead was applied to the fuselage tubing and four new wings were purchased from the factory. It was still not rebuilt as of February 16, 1929.

As of March, 1930 the correct decision was made, “not to fly or re-license this ship. Dismantled.” The registration was cancelled march 20, 1930.


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