Registration Number NC7202
A Workaday Plane With Little To Talk
This aircraft is a Ryan B-1 Brougham, S/N 149 (ATC #25).
It shares lineage with the “Spirit of St. Louis”,
but was built during the following year. The B.F. Mahoney
Aircraft Corp., San Diego, CA manufactured it on July 19, 1928. It
was equipped with a 220 HP Wright J-5A Whirlwind engine, S/N
B-8989. It weighed 3,300 pounds.
It was sold on August 22, 1928 to the Louisville Point Lumber Co.,
Louisville, KY (owned by Sam Gates, Inc.). We find the airplane
at Tucson on August 23, 1928 piloted by E.A. Jones carrying S. Etheridge
as passenger. They are eastbound from San Diego to Louisville
obviously on the ferry flight with this brand new aircraft.
The photograph, below, comes to us courtesy of site visitor Brian Wolfe. It shows NC7202 on the ground with at least two other aircraft, a vintage automobile and several people. The location and date are unknown. On the rudder is lettered "Mahoney Aircraft Corp."
NC7202, Location & Date Unknown (Source: Wolfe)
On February 13, 1929, the airplane transferred to Sam Gates, Inc. of
Louisville, and then on July 23, 1931 to Crescent Air Service, Inc.
at Bowman Field in Louisville. It changed hands five more
times during the next three years, staying pretty much in
the south. No further information was forthcoming regarding
the airplane, and its registration was cancelled August 1, 1935.
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