FORD 4-AT NC7582
TO MEXICO AND BACK
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
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)
On April 21, 1931, the airplane was sold to Transcontinental
and Western Air, Inc. (T.W.A.), Wilmington, DE, who flew it for two
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
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UPLOADED: 04/01/06 REVISED: 02/02/08, 02/05/08, 01/26/16