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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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Fokker F-10A NC581K

Completely Dismantled

This aircraft was a Fokker F-10A tri-motor, (S/N 1055; ATC# 96), manufactured during July 1929 by the Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.  It left the factory with three Pratt & Whitney Wasp engines of 410 HP each.  It sold in 1929 to Standard Air Lines, Inc., Los Angeles, CA.  Standard was operated by the Aero Corporation of California.  Our pilots Jack Frye and Paul Richter were principals of Aero, and pilots for Standard.


Image above from Ruth Richter Holden Collection (see Paul Richter's link for further information). It shows NC581K disembarking passengers at an improved ramp, location unknown ( anyone know?)

Image below, also from the Collection, shows NC581K after pilots Frye and Richter set a new altitude record with it of 23,200 feet. The Los Angeles Times article is from September 18, 1929. The headline reads, "L.A. Flyers Break Altitude Mark For Big Planes".

NC581K Altitude Record

NC581K first visits Tucson in Standard Air Lines livery on January 28, 1930 flown solo from El Paso, TX by Hap Russell.  He remained in Tucson overnight and continued next morning westbound to Los Angeles, CA.  Four months later, on May 8, 1930, the airplane was sold to Western Air Express, Inc., Los Angeles.  It was painted with “W.A.E. #119”.

It sold again on October 9, 1930 to Southern Air Fast Express, Inc., Love Field, Dallas TX.  The airplane landed twice more at Tucson while owned by S.A.F.E.  The first landing was on February 4, 1931.  The pilot was John Martin.  He carried two passengers, C.H. Bruss and B.F. Warnock.  They were on a round-robin from Phoenix, AZ.

The second and final landing was on March 6, 1931.  The pilot was Paul L. Carpenter carrying three unidentified passengers.  On September 15, 1930 NC581K was sold to American Airways, Inc., Love Field, Dallas, TX.  There is no indication in the NASM record of the activities of the airplane during American’s ownership.

On December 21, 1932, a letter from American Airways to the CAA states that NC581K was removed from service and was completely dismantled.  No further information.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 07/07/06 REVISED: 03/22/08

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