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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 NC6959

Died In Infancy

This aircraft is a Ryan B-1 Brougham, S/N 144 (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 July 26, 1928. It was equipped with a 220 HP Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine, S/N B-9009. It weighed 3,300 pounds.

It was sold on August 10, 1928 to Interstate Transit Airlines of Omaha, NB, “for air transportation probably between Kansas City and Omaha, NB.”

It landed at Tucson on August 11, 1928, piloted by H.D. Putnam, who was the Chief Pilot for Interstate Transit. He was inbound from San Diego, CA stayed overnight at Tucson, and departed at 5:00 the next morning for Omaha.

Less than a year later, on May 13, 1929, it suffered an accident at Grand Island, NB when the airplane, “struck telephone wires in attempted landing. Failed to see obstruction due to darkness.” Pilot Ray E. Fuller (transport license #176) of Omaha suffered serious injuries. Three passengers had serious to no injuries. The airplane was a “washout” and the registration was cancelled on May 31, 1929, two months shy of a year after it was built.

THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 07/09/05 REVISED: 10/19/11

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