Registration Number NC5241
A Moment of Fame
This aircraft is a Travel Air 4000, S/N 481 (ATC #30/32),
manufactured April 19, 1928 by Travel Air Manufacturing Co., Wichita,
KS. It left the factory with a 220 HP Wright J-5 engine, S/N
8346. It weighed 2,413 pounds.
It sold on June 15, 1928 to Scott Aircraft Corp. of St. Louis for
$9,427. Scott sold it on May 5, 1930 to Robertson Airplane Service
of Robertson, MO for $2,700, who then sold it on May 6, 1930 to
Walter Hunter for $2,975 (a quick, one-day profit of $275!).
Hunter flew the airplane to Tucson on July 20, 1930, accompanying
two other airplanes (Stinsons NR5189
and NR5326) flown by his
brothers for an endurance record earlier in the month. He
carried Herbert Budd as passenger. They stayed overnight and
departed next day for Los Angeles.
Walter Hunter kept the airplane for three years, selling
it on June 20, 1933 to Dr. Milo Lawrence Heideman of Richmond Heights,
MO. It then sold four more times until a mortgage was foreclosed
on February 16, 1938. The Morris Plan Co. of Oklahoma City (mortgage
holder) performed minor repairs and, as of April 4, 1938, re-covered
the fuselage. NC5341 was kept at the Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma
City. It had flown about 950 hours.
On June 28, 1939 was sold to O.K. Southwick of Springfield, MO
for $950. Again to Dill M. Teel on July 20, 1940 for $800, and finally
on September 4, 1941 to Clent Breedlove of Lubbock, TX. No transfer papers
to Mr. Breedlove were properly submitted. Registration had been
cancelled as of May 1, 1941 and it was not renewed.
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