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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.


Juptner, Joseph. 1962-1981. U.S. Civil Aircraft. Volumes 1-9. Aero Publishers, Inc. Fallbrook, CA. NC533W is pictured, with a different paint scheme, in Volume 4, on page 96.


You may download (2.6 MB PDF) from this site a sales brochure that illustrates the 1932 Monocoupe models, including the Model 110.


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Below is an image of this beautiful airplane, which was designed with the sportsman pilot in mind. The Type Certificate (#327) for the Model 110 was issued June 16, 1930. About 20 examples were manufactured before the end of 1931. A few were built 1937-1939. This airplane is a Model 110, S/N 5W70.

The 110 was powered with the 7-cylinder Warner "Scarab" engine of 110-125 HP. With streamlining and meticulous weight reduction, the performance of this model was beyond expectations for an airplane of that horsepower. Thus, the Model 110 was a favorite for air racers of the era, starring in the 1930 National Air Races with four victories and high placement in many other events. Davis-Monthan Register pilot John Livingston flew Monocoupes in the 1930 and 1931 Races.

Monocoupe NC533W, ca. 1930? (Source: Cowell)
Monocoupe NC533W

NC533W landed at Tucson twice flown by Thomas Colby on October 29th and December 26, 1930. On the first visit he carried a passenger identified as Mrs. Pendleton. They were westbound from Douglas, AZ to El Centro, CA. He was solo his second visit, eastbound cross-country from Los Angeles, CA to Miami, FL. He remained overnight in Tucson, perhaps at the Pioneer Hotel, and departed on the 27th.

Juptner (reference, left sidebar) states, "With the sweet taste of victory in its innards, the 'Model 110' was hard to keep from the races but not all of them spent their time happily rounding the pylons; several served as fast air taxis in various fields of business. Tom Colby for one, genial promotor of 'Berryloid' airplane finishes, managed a busy schedule over most of the nation with the help of his gayly painted 'One-ten'."

NC533W was delivered new to Colby with the Townend anti-drag ring around the engine, a steel propeller, navigation lights, Heywood compressed air starter and wheel pants. Notice also the extension to the entry step just under the door. Colby ordered the extension for his wife.

NC533W is alive and well today, and is presently being restored, with first flight expected in 2008. The engine still has the Heywood starter and Mr. Cowell (cited, right sidebar) intends to restore and to fly it.



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NC533W is still registered with the FAA and is being restored to flying condition.

This image comes from current owner, Norman Cowell. Thanks to him for sharing his images.

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