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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 NC6019

Trainer For A Legend Among Female Pilots

This aircraft is a Travel Air 2000, S/N 548 (ATC #30), manufactured on May 29, 1928 by the Travel Air Manufacturing Co., Wichita, KS. It came with a 90 HP Curtiss OX-5 engine, S/N 3310. It was purchased for $3,082 on 5/29 by H.C. Lippiatt of Hollywood, CA, a dealer in Travel Air planes.

We first see NC6019 when it arrived at Tucson from Wichita enroute west to Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA on June 4, 1928. It was piloted by Frank W. Bireley. It was probably on its maiden flight from the factory. On June 7, 1928 Lippiatt sold it to Stanley T. Robinson of Pasadena, CA.

On June 11, 1928 Robinson sold it to Ben Catlin of Monrovia, CA to be housed at Ross Field, Arcadia, CA. (Anyone have photos or information about Ross Field?) Here is where the airplane becomes interesting to us. Ben Catlin was a flight instructor and this is the Travel Air Florence Lowe “Pancho” Barnes learned to fly in that summer.

On November 23, 1928, Mr. Catlin sold the airplane to James C. Robson of Pasadena, CA. It was based at Mission Airport, San Gabriel, CA. The airplane was involved in an accident in Chandler, AZ on May 30, 1930 (no damage described; no pilot identified).

Mr. Robson was reported deceased as of April 2, 1932. Responses to government mail queries were returned “unclaimed”, and the registration was cancelled July 3, 1930.


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