Registration Number NC7728
South Of The Border
This aircraft is a Ryan B-1 Brougham, S/N 176. It derives
from the same lineage as the “Spirit of St. Louis”,
and was built the following year. The B.F. Mahoney Aircraft
Corp., San Diego, CA manufactured it on 9/1/28. It was equipped
with a 220 HP Wright J-5A Whirlwind engine, S/N B-9720. As
a five-place aircraft, it weighed 3,300 pounds. The record
indicates that the airplane was a “flyaway – delivered
at Brownsville, Texas.”
An “NC” registration was issued on 7/2/29, and
the airplane landed at Tucson on 7/6/1929 piloted solo by
Theodore T. Hull. He was enroute from Los Angeles to Brownsville,
TX. Hull was a promoter of air transport in South America
(see excerpt at left).
As of 7/26/29 the airplane was being operated by Corporacion
Aeronautica de Transportes, S.A. (“The C.A.T. Line”).
Mexican registration XA-BHG was issued 10/15/29. It suffered
an accident in Monterey, Mexico on 10/26/29, and pilot Frank
E. Barron of Bakersfield,
CA was killed. The airplane was a “washout.” There
was no bill of sale filed for the airplane. The U.S. registration
was cancelled 11/25/29.
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