Registration Number NC6586
Diving And Zooming
This aircraft is a Ryan B-1 Brougham, S/N 128 (ATC #25).
It shares lineage with the “Spirit of St. Louis”,
but was built during the following year. The B.F. Mahoney
Aircraft Co., San Diego, CA manufactured it on 6/22/28. It
was equipped with a 220 HP Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine, S/N
B8549. It weighed 3,300 pounds.
It was sold on 7/10/28 to John H. Livingston of Monmouth,
IL. He flew it to Tucson on 7/10/1928 in the midst of traffic
participating in the 1928
Ford Reliability Tour. He noted in the Remarks “Not
in Tour”. He was on his way eastward to Monmouth from
San Diego in what was undoubtedly his ferry flight from the
factory with his brand new airplane.
Livingston was president of Midwest Airways of Aurora, IL
and the aircraft was transferred to the corporate name on
2/3/30. It flew under that banner for about a year and a half.
It sold on 8/8/31 to Arthur Z. Bendar and R.W. Kettinger of
Elmhurst Airport, Elmhurst, IL. They kept if a little over
two years, during which new tubing was installed in the fuselage
rear, flares, landing lights and a battery were installed.
A minor accident on 9/20/31 resulted in, “repairs to
right wing, 9/24/31.” The airplane was, “barnstormed
in the southwest U.S. winter of 1932-33.” There is no
other record of it in the Register, however, except for Livingston’s
ferry flight. As of 10/6/33, the airplane had flown 499.2
Livingston bought the airplane again on 11/28/33 and moved
it to Waterloo, IA. On 5/17/34 he sold it to Fred Symington
(transport license #17805), Ackley, IA. On the 4th of July
1934, Symington crashed the airplane at St. Ansgar, IA. He
and an unidentified number of passengers were killed. The
cause of the accident was loss of control, with the aircraft,
“diving and zooming under 1000’ over congested
area with passengers for hire with no parachutes.” The
registration was cancelled 7/4/34.
UPLOADED: 07/09/05 REVISED: 10/13/07