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SWALLOW (J-5) NC6097

This airplane is a Swallow powered by a Wright J-5 engine. It landed at Tucson once flown by Melvin Aavang. He carried a single passenger, C.W. (Clarence) Helm. They landed on Tuesday, July 10, 1928.They were part of the gaggle of aircraft and pilots landing that morning that participated in the annual Edsel Ford Reliability Tour. Please direct your browser to the link for an overview of the 1928 Tour, and for additional photos of NC6097.

Based in Elgin, IL, Aavang and Helm were westbound from El Paso, TX, as were the rest of the Tour participants. You can view a brief motion picture of the Tour activities on the morning of the 10th at the link. The Swallow can be identified about 5-8 seconds into the film. Aavang and Helm ultimately placed 15th overall in the Tour.

NC6097 Sometime During the 1928 Ford Reliability Tour, Location Unknown (Source: Aavang)
NC6097 Sometime During the 1928 Ford Reliability Tour, Location Unknown (Source: Aavang)

Other photos of NC6097 are on this site at the Melvin Aavang page, and at the Ford Reliability Tour page.


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