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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.

A photograph of this airplane is available at the NASM, disk 2A-40219.

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STINSON SM-2 Junior NC7104

Registration Number NC7104

A Brand-New Airplane In The National Air Races, 1928

This aircraft is a Stinson SM-2 Junior, manufacturer’s serial number 1010 (ATC #48). It was manufactured July 1928 by Stinson Aircraft Corporation, Northville, MI. It left the factory with a 110 HP Warner Scarab engine, S/N 21. It weighed 2,500 pounds. It was sold on 8/15/28 to Gaylord W. Norton of Detroit, MI (Lieber-Norton Realtors) for $6,750. The company sponsored the airplane in the 1928 National Air Races.

It landed at Tucson on 9/9/1928, piloted by George W. Hopkins, amid the swirl of fellow competitors participating in the 1928 National Air Races, named “On to Los Angeles” that year. He carried one passenger, Gene Searle. They were inbound from Lordsburg, NM headed for Los Angeles. Ultimately they finished 11th, taking 34:25:13 to complete the race from New York.

After the Races, NC7104 sold another ten times and suffered three accidents before, on 6/8/39, it was involved in its fourth and final accident at Mantua, OH. The pilot suffered major injuries; passenger minor injuries. The airplane, “on cross-country flight, Willoughby, OH-Buffalo, NY, encountered thunderstorm, became lost, struck a hillside near Mantua, while flying low on course ca. 90 degrees south of planned route. Struck tree, swerved, then ground, skidded sideways and cart wheeled over the right wing onto its nose. Pilot broken legs, possible skull fracture, bruises and lacerations.” Airplane, “complete washout.”


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