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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 NC6970

Where Did It Go?

This aircraft is an American Eagle A-1 S/N 279 (ATC #17) built in July 1928 by the American Eagle Aircraft Corp., Kansas City, MO. It left the factory with a 90 HP Curtiss OX-5 engine, S/N 5081. It weighed 2,041 pounds.

It sold on October 1, 1928 to Yellow Wing Commercial Air Service, Inc. of San Francisco, CA. We see it at Tucson on October 15, 1928 piloted by Harold J. Kelsey, Chief Pilot for Yellow Wing. He was inbound from Lordsburg, NM enroute to San Francisco. He stayed in Tucson overnight, departing next morning at 6:00. This was probably the ferry flight from the factory.

It sold March 29, 1929 to D.C. Warren Co. of San Francisco, then on December 1, 1929 to Ray J. Johnson of Manteca, CA. He had the wings rebuilt as of April 14, 1931. There is no further information.

Harold Kelsey undoubtedly left the employ of Yellow Wing just a couple of months after he flew NC6970 to Tucson. He shows up in the Register as a pilot for Jack Frye and Paul Richter's Standard Air Lines from December 31, 1928 to March 31, 1929. He signed the register a total of 52 additional times flying Standard's Fokker Super Universal airliners 8011 and 9724.


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