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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.


Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.

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FORD 4-AT NC7582

FORD 4-AT NC7582


This airplane is a Ford 4-AT tri-motor (S/N 4-AT-36; ATC # 132) manufactured August 8, 1928 by the Stout Metal Airplane Company (Division of Ford Motor Company), Dearborn, MI.  It came from the factory with three Wright J-5 engines (S/Ns 9117, 9125, 9130) of 220 HP each.

It sold on August 25, 1928 to Maddux Air Lines, Inc., Los Angeles, CA.  There is a gap in the record here, although it appears that Maddux flew it until 1931.  We find NC7582 at Tucson on December 3, 1928 flown by Larry G. Fritz, Chief Pilot for Maddux Air Lines.  He carried eight passengers, including S. Wilkinson as copilot.  They were northwest bound from Mexico City, Mexico to Los Angeles, CA. See an image of this airplane here as it appeared in Maddux Air Lines livery.

Below is another photograph of NC7582 in Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT)/Maddux livery. TAT was a precursor of T.W.A. as was Maddux. The date of this photograph is 1930. The location is Grand Central AIr Terminal, Glendale, CA.

Ford NC7582, February 14, 1930 (Source: HDL)
Ford NC7582, February 14, 1930 (Source: HDL)

On April 21, 1931, the airplane was sold to Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc. (T.W.A.), Wilmington, DE, who flew it for two years.

On May 5, 1933 it sold for the last time to Pan American Aviation Supply Corp., New York, NY and leased to Compania Nacional Cubana de Aviacion (CNCA).  The U.S. file for the airplane was canceled on November 15, 1934, because NC7582, “probably went under Cuban registration”.  The image, below, shows NC7582 in CNCA fuselage livery, but it still wears the U.S. registration number on the wing and vertical stabilizer. It's reasonable to guess the photograph was probably taken sometime late in 1934 to 1935 during its transition to Cuban registration.

Ford NC7582, Post-1934 (?), Location Unknown
Ford NC7582, Post-1934

Please note the copyright on this image. It is used with permission of the owner of the Web site where it appears. You may want to browse this to examine many other aircraft images, civilian, commercial and military.


UPLOADED: 04/01/06 REVISED: 02/02/08, 02/05/08, 01/26/16

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Thanks to Lee Sherry of for use of the image at left.



Military Aircraft of the Davis Monthan Register, 1925-1936 is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs the majority of military aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1925 and 1936. The book includes biographies of some of the pilots who flew the aircraft to Tucson as well as extensive listings of all the pilots and airplanes. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.


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